Homeowners in Wales forced to consider environment when building extensions

Oct 10, 2013 in Uncategorised

Welsh property owners that add extensions to their homes will have have to consider environmentally-friendly regulations under new government plans, reports walesonline.co.uk.

Housing Minister Carl Sargeant says that anyone extending their homes will soon be expected to meet “improved fabric standards” for walls, roofs and floors along with “consequential” energy efficiency improvements.

The announcement could lead to homeowners using different types of materials for their constructions, such EPDM roofing, which is known for its eco-friendly qualities.

Cited by dehavilland.co.uk, Mr Sargeant started by saying that anyone conducting loft conversions to their homes would have to conform to minimum standards for loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and hot-water cylinder insulation.

Heated or cooled conservatories will also fall under the plans, while Mr Sargeant said certain rules would apply to non-domestic as well as domestic buildings.

New offices, schools and hospitals will be expected to be constructed with 20 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions compared to 2010 requirements, which officials say can be done through improvements in fabric and building services.

In addition, speaking in a statement to Assembly Members, Mr Sargeant said he will introduce a number of low-cost changes to existing buildings when they undergo extension.

“These will help homeowners keep the costs of heating their buildings down while improving homes in Wales,” he added.