John Griffiths, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development
I have today launched a consultation on proposed changes to Building Regulations Part L (Conservation of Fuel & Power), and the associated statutory guidance set out in the Approved Documents.
The Building Regulations control certain types of building work and ensure that buildings meet required standards of health, safety, welfare, convenience and sustainability.
In setting standards for building work the Building Regulations influence emission reductions in new buildings and existing buildings in Wales.
We want to improve the energy performance of buildings in Wales through the Building Regulations. This will help Wales move towards zero carbon and nearly zero carbon energy buildings by 2020. Our proposals set out in this consultation are a significant step towards that objective.
The consultation is aimed primarily at firms, individuals within construction and construction-related industries and their representative bodies and the building control bodies that enable the building control system to operate. Specific elements may also be of interest to members of the public. I would encourage anyone with an interest in this area to respond to the consultation and let me know what you think.
This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns I would be happy to do so.