New Building Regulations - Have Your Say!

Posted on 2nd August, 2010

Hi everyone;

This is very important. Building Regulations for the UK are scheduled to change in 2013 and responses are invited now from anyone interested. The results of the responses will go for consultation late next year. You can lodge your thoughts and opinions by emailing

I have an explanatory .pdf document to forward to anyone who would like to see more details.


My initial response reads as follows, and I intend to follow it up with more detailed proposals later:


"My immediate reaction to any proposals for change to building regulations would be to suggest that they cover a much wider range of structural types than the current regs. If they were to provide guidance on environmentally friendly types of structural solutions, the market would be better able, and quicker to, adopt these features in new buildings and refurbishments - leading to lower carbon footprints and widespread use of sustainable materials and building methods.  The current regs have targetted energy efficiency - which is good - but much more can be done to working towards reducing 'whole of life' impacts of buildings on our environment.

The use of straw bale buildings, earth walls, thatch, 'green' & 'blue' roofs, rubble masonry, environmentally friendly concrete, natural timber products, lime mortars, wide & very wide cavities for more insulation, and many other green materials and methods; would have significant influence on the way we build and would lead to trades both gaining new skills and even re-learning old ones. In many cases, green building methods would draw more upon locally available resources with the benefits of reducing environmental impacts from transport and employing tradespeople & suppliers from local communities. This would also be a great time to vastly improve upon many current methods and materials which are detrimental to the health of constructions workers and building users alike. This is a very brief response to your question but I would suggest that the opportunity must be taken now to create new 'green' regulations which will take eco-design out of the niche that it currently occupies and make new UK buildings and refurbishment of our old buildings the solution to constructing in readiness for an oil-free future. When I get some free time, I hope to be able to add to and perhaps expand on some of the above points"

Thank you for your interest,

Les O'Donnell

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