Part L 2013 has finally arrived. Just when many had given up hope of seeing them this side of the festive season, the approved documents turned up like a long lost christmas cracker found lurking at the back of the sofa.

So, lets pull the little rascal and see what’s inside…

A Handy Motto

In the form of L1A and L2A who’s highlights include:

  • 6% CO2 reduction on aggregate rather than the previous flat of reduction in the current Part L. So, those buildings with more fabric such as detached houses are asked to do more than those with rather less to work with such as apartments.
  • A new energy target to hit based on Fabric performance – no longer is hitting the CO2 target enough
  • A new notional building – making compliance a piece of cake if you just follow the parameters listed in ‘Section 5 Model Designs’

A Gift

The DCLG present to you is to revamp the documents in a new style to make them easier to read and understand. Even Rudolph could peek in there and be able to understand enough to be enlightened in more than just nose alone.

A Joke

No cracker would be complete without a joke and the joke is on Existing Buildings. Part L ignored you! Consequential Improvements? Dropped! Upgrade to standards required when building extensions or loft conversions? As you were. It doesn’t care that you add over 25 % to the UK’s carbon emissions – carry on regardless.

A Party Hat

The party hat here is anything but green. It’s in coalition style worn at a rakish angle to cover the ears from those who would criticise and the eyes to obscure the view of the increasingly unfeasible Zero Carbon mountain that now remains to be climbed.

So looks like Part L 2013 is a bit of a disappointing cracker. Pull it now. Wait for the (small) bang. You won’t hear it at all in your current house and not until 2016 if you are buying brand new.

Never mind. Perhaps Santa will bring us all a woolly jumper and thermal socks so we can turn the thermostat down and, unlike Part L 2013, do something positive now to reduce carbon emissions and those much discussed energy bills.

To help you understand the Building Regulations we have put together a simply infographic that looks at all the facts and figures