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RIBA Building Regulations: Tunbridge Wells

This seminar will provide detailed analysis of changes to building regulations. This will cover the Future Homes initiative, with case studies highlighting the effects of the revised energy efficiency requirements; changes to the building control system, and fire Safety standards, following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the government review of the regulatory system.

As part of its role in ensuring that building regulations remain effective and updated, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has issued the Future Homes Standard. This will 'require new-build homes to be future-proofed, with low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency'.

Alongside this, the government and industry are developing the response to the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, with the implementation of the governments' proposed changes to the building control system - in particular, the way that fire safety standards are applied.

This seminar will look at providing architects, contractors and consultants with an understanding of how the building regulations are changing in 2020, and the potential longer term changes to ensure the regulatory system is fit for purpose. It will provide a detailed analysis of the effects of the revised energy efficiency requirements in the regulations, including Part L. This is all in the context of the move towards a nearly zero energy standard, as prescribed in the energy performance of buildings directive.

The first half of the presentation will be an exploration of the structural changes to the building control system, including:

  • potential new statutory roles for clients, designers and contractors
  • gateway points
  • ongoing requirements relating to the 'golden thread'
  • recent and potential changes to fire safety standards within the regulations

The second half will cover the new future homes carbon and fabric standards for new dwellings and case studies, looking at design flexibilities. 

Overall, this session will aim to offer:

  • a review of the proposed 2020 revisions to the building regulations
  • an insight into the proposed changes to the statutory sustainability requirements, covering EPC’s, domestic and non-domestic CO2 emission calculations
  • a review of the changes made to the fire safety requirements after the Grenfell Tower tragedy
  • insight into the new, approved documents for Parts B, F and L
  • information on how Brexit may effect the European performance of buildings directive requirements on energy efficiency
  • information on changes to the building control system
  • a detailed analysis of the changes to the energy efficiency requirements of the regulations, including Part L

Speaker: Stephen Barnshaw, Head of Technical Services: Jhai

Stephen is a chartered surveyor, with over 30 years' experience in building control and building regulation consultancy. Stephen started his building control career in local authorities, and in 2005 moved into the private sector - first as a regional manager with Butler & Young, and then to Jhai.

Stephen has been involved in a number of very high-profile London schemes, including Renzo Piano’s Central St Giles; Arup Associates' Sky Studios for BskyB, and more recently Clivedale’s Mayfair Park Residences.

As associate director at Jhai, Stephen is responsible for developing education and training strategies within the company; ensuring excellent service is delivered to clients, and helping clients understand and keep updated with the requirements of the legislation.

Seminar fees
  • £47 + VAT for RIBA/CIAT members
  • £94 + VAT for non-members
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