A Responsible Government
The UK Government is responsible for the national policy on building regulations. "Building regulations exist to ensure the health, safety and welfare of people in the building and the energy efficiency of the building”. Building regulations (not to be confused with planning permission) are concerned with how a structure is designed, built and insulated.
Did You Know?
Garden Rooms up to an internal floor area of 30 square metres are exempt from building regulations (Except when the structure is to be used for sleeping accommodation) This leads many garden room, office, studio, lodge or building companies to claim their products "comply with current building regulations” when in reality what they mean is "our buildings do not have to comply with building regulations”. Obviously it is much easier and cheaper for a company to build a garden building that does not comply with the current building regulations.
Garden buildings that are not built to building regulations will tend to have thin walls, floors, ceiling, minimal insulation, no air flow cavities, no vapour barriers or breathing membranes. Purchasing a garden room, office, studio, lodge or building which does not comply with the latest building regulations will cost you much more in the long term. They will be more expensive to heat, minimal insulation and no air flow will result in moisture entering the structure - often reducing the life of the actual structure and damaging internal contents. The building will sweat in the summer months and be uninhabitable during the winter. It is fairly common for people to spend the same amount purchasing a garden building which is not built to building regulations than to purchase one that is.
The New Part L (England & Wales) Building Regulations
World wide concerns regarding climate change and the impact which greenhouse gas emissions have on the environment have encouraged governments to act. The latest revisions to Parts L is to reduce both the emission of greenhouse damaging gases Approximately half of the UK's CO2 emissions is due to energy consumption in buildings. The new building regulations make a significant impact by specifying improved energy efficiency levels and thus reducing greenhouse gases and CO2 emissions.
A Truly Habitable All Year Round Garden Room
Oeco Garden Rooms are manufactured to exceed the new Part L (England & Wales) Building Regulations.
By building high quality energy efficient garden rooms, offices, studios, lodges and buildings which utilise the latest state of the art thermal insulation, we are tackling the issue of global warming by reducing the energy used in heating and the burning of fossil fuels.
For a truly habitable outdoor garden building it should be at least designed, built and insulated to at least the same exacting quality and standards as a modern house. After all a garden building is an extension to your main home and we know you would much rather use the building all year round whatever the climate!
If you have any specific questions or queries regarding building regulations, please do not hesitate to Contact Us