Newsletter October 2017

Newsletter October 2017

Newsletter October 2017

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Changes to Approved Document Part M 2015

Changes to the Approved Document Part M will come into force on the 1st of October 2015
Projects that have started on site are not required to meet with the requirements. 


Look at the Leaflet.

If the Initial Notice is in place and the works commence within 12 months, the requirements will not apply.

The Approved Document will now be in two volumes, Volume 1 for residential properties and Volume 2 for non-residential properties.

The changes for residential properties are extensive and could result in larger rooms, circulation spaces, and additional costs as many blocks of flats will be required to have lifts. 

For the first time both Planning Approval and the Building Regulations are directly linked by the Approved Document. Volume one refers to three categories of building, they are: 

  1. M4 (1) Category 1 - visitable dwellings, (Compulsory)
  2. M4 (2) Category 2 - accessible and adaptable dwellings, and (this is designated by planning)
  3. M4 (3) Category 3 - wheelchair user dwellings (optional unless designated by planning)

Unless the project at hand is a one off house where M4 (1) category can be used most Planning Authorities will require the dwelling to meet M4 (2) Category. 

M4 (3) Category again is generally only required when a purpose built dwelling is built for a person with disabilities - so a one off house.

ALL new dwellings are automatically deemed as M4 (1) Category 1 - visitable dwellings and are required to meet guidance set out in Approved Document M.

The Approved Document also provides guidance for M4 (2) and M4 (3) Category dwellings, these are only applicable if the PLANNING APPROVAL requires the dwelling to be either M4 (2) or an M4 (3) Category dwelling. 

Outline of the major changes to Part L 2014


  • Looking forward to zero carbon dwellings as from 2016
  • Introducing the concept of 'energy demand' in terms of kWh/m2/year, for dwelling
  • Imposing limits on CO2 production as performance targets in terms of kgCO2/m2year
  • Changes to the way building performance is calculated and measured using Fabric Energy Efficiency Standards (FEES)
  • New guidance to result in an improvement from 2010 regulations for non domestic buildings
  • New guidance for works to excisting buildings including replacement windows, extension fabric standards, consequential improvements and fixed building services

Explaining the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme - ESOS

ESOS id the UK Government's approach to implementing Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU), requiring all non-SMS's to undertake regular energy audits every four years

Who qualifies for ESOS

  • Do you employ 250 employees or more? or
  • Do you have an annual turnover greater than £38.94m and a balance sheet exceeding £33.49m?
  • Are you part of a corporate group which includes a UK based large undertaking?

ESOS Assessment Requirements
  • You need to measure your total energy consumption;
  • Conduct an ESOS audit to identify cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations;
  • Report compliance to the Environment Agency

Your Energy Audit – What Does It Include?
  • You will need to consider your organisation’s entire energy usage - buildings, transport and both industrial and commercial processes.
  • Once you have identified your significant energy consumption, you can then exclude up to 10% de minimis energy usage from the audit process.
  • Energy audit data collated since December 2011 for other schemes such as the Carbon Trust Standard, ISO: 14001, DECs and Green Deal Assessments, could be eligible for inclusion as part of your ESOS energy audit.
  • An ESOS audit must be carried out, or overseen/approved by a recognised Lead Assessor and reviewed by a board level Director.

Benefits of ESOS audits
  • ESOS can help you identify cost-effective energy savings and enhance your profitability and competitiveness
Don’t delay! 
All project scoping, energy audits and ESOS activity needs to be completed in time to demonstrate compliance by 5th December 2015.

Construction Design & Management (CDM) Regulations change 2015

The CDM Regulations will apply to all construction work, including every domestic and non-domestic project, regardless of the scope of works as of the 6th of April 2015.
This includes the following information and documentation to be provided in order to comply with the change in Legislation.

Look at the Leaflet.

For a project involving a single contractor
  • Notification to an Enforcing Agency, if the criteria are met (eg: F10)
  • Pre-Construction Information (PCI) is required for all projects, the level of detail will depend on the size and scope of the project
  • All projects now require a Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan (CPP) to be prepared before work starts on site regardless of scope

For projects involving more than one contractor (this includes self-employed persons, a multi-contractor project is any project which has more than one contractor company involved in the project)
  • Appointment of a Principal Designer
  • Notification to an Enforcing Authority, if the criteria are met (eg: F10)
  • Appointment of a Principal Contractor
  • Pre-Construction Information (PCI)
  • All projects now require a Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan (CPP)
  • A Health and Safety File 

Head Projects Group can provide advice and guidance in order for your project to comply with the new regulations; this includes producing the required documentation.