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Welcome to BSRIA's Legislation and Guidance Trackers
Our trackers monitor selected regulatory and guidance news in construction and building services. Any questions reqarding this service, please email us or telephone +44 1344 465 571.

What's new?
Please peruse below for anything new added this week, 23rd October 2018:


  • Air quality: domestic burning of house coal, smokeless coal, manufactured solid fuels and wet wood - call for evidence. This Consultation concluded on 30th January 2018. The final report was published on 23rd October 2018. Read more here
  • The Nuclear Safeguards Act 2018 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2018. This is due to come into force on 26th October 2018. Read more here.
  • The Environmental Noise (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2018. This is due to come into force on 31st December 2018. Read more here.
  • The Sustainable Drainage (Approval and Adoption Procedure) (Wales) Regulations 2018. These Regulations make provision for procedure of applications for approval of sustainable drainage systems and for adoption of such drainage systems.  
  • This is due to come into force on 7th January 2019. Read more here.
  • SI 2018/1093 The Electricity (Guarantees of Origin of Electricity Produced from Renewable Energy Sources) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018. This was laid before Parliament on 17th October 2018. Read more here.
  • Summary report now available on the Consultation on proposals to amend some exemptions and exclusions in relation to flood risk activities in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016. September 2018. Read more here (PDF).
  • 2018/1012 The European Union (Definition of Treaties Orders) (Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018. Made on 6th September 2018. Read more here.
  • 2018/1011 The European Communities (Designation Orders) (Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018.  Made on 6th September 2018. Read more here.
  • 2018/912 The Digital Government (Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2018.  Made on 18th July 2018. Read more here.
  • SI 2013/1119 The revocation of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order will be revoked on 1 October 2018. Read more here.

Legislation (Bill or Act)

  • Bill: Affordable Home Ownership Bill 2017-19. This Bill's second reading has been postponed until 26th October 2018. Read more here.
  • Bill: Energy Consumption (Innovative Technologies) Bill 2017-19. This Bill will have its second reading on 23rd November 2018. Read more here.
  • Bill: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill 2017-19. This Bill has reached Report Stage in the House of Commons. Due 26th October 2018.
  • Bill: Fire Safety Information Bill 2017-19. This was withdrawn on 11th September 2018. Read more here.
  • Bill: Planning (Agent of Change) Bill 2017-19. This was withdrawn on 11th September 2018. Read more here


  • UK Government: The Government response to Consultation on proposals regarding smart appliances has concluded and the final report is now ready. 16th October 2018. Read more here.
  • UK Government: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) compliance fee 2018. This is seeking views on whether there should set a compliance fee for 2018. This Consultation runs from 15th October - 18th November 2018. Read more here.
  • UK Government: Renewable Heat Incentive: biomass combustion in urban areas. Proposed changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to exclude further support for biomass installations in urban areas on the gas grid. This Consultation runs from 16th October - 27th November 2018. Read more here.
  • UK Government: A low carbon pathway for Wales.  The Welsh Government sought views on proposed actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% between 2018-30. Response deadline was on 4th October 2018. The Consultation closed on 4th October 2018. Read more here.
  • UK Government: Fire safety: clarification of statutory guidance (Approved Document B). This Consultation closed on 11th October 2018. Read more here.
  • UK Government: Call for evidence from the independent expert panel looking at competition in the digital economy. This Consultations runs from 12th October - 7th December 2018. Read more here
  • RIBA launches consultation on new fire safety guidance. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a consultation on a new RIBA Plan of Work for Fire Safety. This Consultation ran from 18th September to 15th October 2018. Read more here.
  • UK Government: Implementation of Technical Qualifications. This Consultation runs from 3rd September to 28th October 2018. As part of the reform of the technical education system, the government is introducing new T Level programmes.  Read more here.
  • UK Government: Consultation on draft Northern Ireland F-gas Amendment Regulations. The amendments aim to bring Northern Ireland in line with the EU requirements and help to control Northern Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming. This Consultation runs from 29th August - 26th October. Read more here.
  • UK Government: Air quality: using cleaner fuels for domestic burning. This Consultation ran from 17th August - 20th October. Read more here


  • Ofgem: Ofgem consolidates ECO2t guidance. Ofgem has published guidance specifying the documentation that applies to all Energy Company Obligation 2017–2018 (ECO2t) measures installed between 1 April 2017 and 30 September 2018. Read more here.
  • Regulating the geological disposal of radioactive waste: environmental protection. The EA has published guidance on its role in the development and regulation of a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste. Read more here.
  • UK Green Building Council: Sustainable Innovation Manual. The manual contains a step-by-step guide designed to help built environment professionals. Read more here.
  • UK Government: The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued new guidance on the risks and opportunities relating to financing heat networks in the UK. Read more here.
  • BSI: The first international BIM standard comprising of ISO 19650-1 and ISO 19650-2 is set to be published in November 2018. Read more here.
  • BSI: The new Standard BS EN ISO 50001:2018 Energy management systems. Requirements with guidance for use was published on 22nd August 2018.  Read more about this here. Email the library if you would like to borrow this when we receive our copy at information@bsria.co.uk
  • ASHRAE report:  "Building our new energy future".  Published August 2018.  Read more here.

Policy and strategy

  • £36m in funding given to Swansea University for clean energy tech innovation
    HM Treasury has announced a £36m new fund for clean energy innovation in the construction sector through the industrial strategy challenge fund. Read more here.
  • UK Government: The government is set to announce £106m in funding for green vehicle research and development, as well as development of new batteries and low carbon technologies. 11th September 2018. Read more here.
  • The World Green Building Council (WGBC) has officially launched its net zero carbon buildings commitment as part of the global climate action summit, held in California on 13 September 2018. The commitment’s 38 signatories have pledged to spearhead the movement towards a decarbonised built environment. Read here.
  • RIBA: Government should ban combustible cladding on buildings over 18 metres. 14th August 2018. Read more here.


  • For our tracker with a list of all Legislation (Acts and Bills), Consultations Regulations and Guidance relevant to buildings and building services, updated in 2018, click here
  • For our tracker with a selected list of Guidance supporting legislation published in 2018, click here.
  • A simple spreadsheet with a list of current legislation, regulations and guidance sorted by construction and building services area is also available on request. Please email us
    Please note this is updated regularly but not every week, so may not have the latest information.


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