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Legislation


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?
This page was updated on 6th December 2018:

Regulations

  • The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018. Read more here
  • The Environmental Protection (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018. Read more here.
  • The Ionising Radiation (Basic Safety Standards) (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018. Read more here
  • The Electricity and Gas (Powers to Make Subordinate Legislation) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018. Read more here.
  • The Climate Change (Carbon Budgets) (Wales) Regulations 2018. Read more here.
  • The Climate Change (Interim Emissions Targets) (Wales) Regulations 2018. Read more here.
  • The Climate Change (Net Welsh Emissions Account Credit Limit) (Wales) Regulations 2018. Read more here.
  • The Data Retention and Acquisition Regulations 2018. This is due to come into force 31st October 2018. Read more here.
  • The draft Infrastructure Planning (Water Resources) (England) Order 2018 has been announced. No further details yet. 
  • 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 came 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.

Legislation (Bill or Act)

  • Act: Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2018. Read more here.
    Act: Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018. Due on 1st November 2018.  Read more here.
  • Bill: Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill. This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on 25th January 2019. Read more here.
  • Bill: European Union Withdrawal Agreement (Public Vote) Bill 2017-19. This Bill had its first reading on 9th May 2018, with its second due on 23rd November 2018. Read more here.
  • Bill: Housing Reform Bill 2017-19. 1st reading was due on 24th October 2018 with the second due on 8th February 2019. Read more here.
  • Bill: Clean Air Bill. 2017-19. The first reading is rescheduled for 22nd November 2018 no debate), with the second due on 25th January 2019. Read more here.
  • Bill: Housing and Planning (Local Decision-Making) Bill 2017-19 This Bill is due to have its second reading on 23rd November 2018. Read more here
  • Bill: Affordable Home Ownership Bill 2017-19. This Bill's second reading has been postponed until 22nd November 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 had its first reading in the House of Lords on 29th October 2018 with its second reading to be announced on 23rd November 2018. Read more here.


Consultations

  • Proposal for a New Approach to Building: Call for Evidence. This Consultation runs from 26th November - 17th February 2019. Read more here
  • Considering the case for a Housing Court: call for evidence. 
    The Consultation runs from 13th November 2018 - 22nd January 2019. Read more here.
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  • Creating a responsible payment culture: a call for evidence on tackling late payment
    The Consultation runs from 4th October - 29th November 2018. Read more here.
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  • Building a zero carbon economy – Call for Evidence
    The Consultation runs from 15th October - 7th December 2018. Read more here

     
  • UK Government: Domestic Private Rented Sector minimum level of energy efficiency. This Consultation ran from 19th December 2017 to 17th March 2018. The full documents are now available here
     
  • UK Government: Changes to planning policy and guidance including the standard method for assessing local housing need. The Consultation sought views on changes to planning practice guidance on the standard method for assessing local housing need. The Consultation runs from 26th October to 7th December 2018. Read more here.
     
  • UK Government: New Build Developments: Delivering gigabit-capable connections.The Consultation sought public opinion about proposals to make it a requirement for developers and operators to provide gigabit-capable connections to new homes. This Consultation runs from 29th October to 21st December 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.


Guidance

  • 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

  • Air emissions, efficiency climate change Budget 2018—environmental headlines.
    The Budget contains several environmental announcements, including action on single-use plastics, a Carbon Emissions Tax to be introduced in the event of a no deal Brexit, several announcements relating to green transport and a raft of measures setting out how the government is accelerating this shift to a clean economy, building on the Industrial Strategy, Clean Growth Strategy, and 25 Year Environment Plan. Read more here (pdf).
     
  • The UK Government: An interim response has been published to the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) July 2018 ‘National Infrastructure Assessment’. The government plans to respond to the NIC’s national infrastructure assessment by publishing a national infrastructure strategy, which will be published in 2019. By 2021, the government plans to invest £9bn a year more in infrastructure than in 2015. Read more here.
     
  • £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.


    MORE FOR MEMBERS
  • 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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