Oil Change for Ulster Building Regulations

10th October 2006
There’s less than 2 months to go until new major amendments to the Building Regulations in Northern Ireland take effect!
The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2006 come into operation on 30 November and probably represent the biggest change to Building Regulations in Northern Ireland, in a generation. Whilst changes to Part F and L will have the biggest impact upon oil heating technicians in Ulster, the province’s Department of Finance and Personnel has taken the opportunity to update others parts of the Regulations as well.
Largely the Regulations bring Northern Ireland into line with the higher standards that have for some time prevailed in the rest of the UK. Consequently, there are few surprises within the Regulations, but that’s not to say that their implementation will not cause significant change within the oil heating industry. For starters, high efficiency boilers and bunded tanks are set to become the norm in Northern Ireland and an even greater emphasis has been placed upon minimising carbon emissions and maximising energy efficiency.
Part F ‘Conservation of Fuel And Power’ has been replaced in its entirety. New regulations to raise energy performance standards have been introduced and compliance will now be measured against an overall emissions target. Additionally, and for the first time, buildings over 1000 m2 undergoing major refurbishment will have to be upgraded to comply with energy performance requirements contained within Part F.
Part L has again been replaced and is now renamed “Combustion Appliances and Fuel Storage Systems” to become more inclusive of solid fuel, heating oil, LPG and mains gas appliances and the storage of their associated fuel. New regulations for the provision of information, the fire protection of liquid fuel storage tanks and the protection against pollution have also been introduced. Additionally, all references to the ‘deemed-to-satisfy’ documents for Part L have been updated.
Part R has been replaced and renamed “Access To and Use of Buildings”. The amendment specifically excludes domestic dwellings and introduces new regulations for access to extensions and sanitary accommodation in extensions at non-domestic premises.
New tables have been substituted for Tables F, H, L, R and V of Schedule 5 and updated ‘deemed-to-satisfy’ references have been inserted. And lastly, consequential amendments have been made to Part A and minor amendments have been made to Parts B and V and to Table E of Schedule 5.
The Department of Finance and Personnel is currently in the process of running seminars throughout Northern Ireland to publicise the new Regulations. Whilst these are now fully booked, a further seminar may be run ahead of the 30 November implementation date in Belfast, subject to sufficient demand. Anyone interested in attending such an event is encouraged to register their details with The Department’s Sam Reaney by e-mail sam.reaney@dfpni.gov.uk 

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Article Last Updated 14th October 2006
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