Zero carbon homes
'Next step to Zero carbon homes - Allowable Solutions'
Electrical Competent Persons in your Area
A new website has been set up by the Department of Communities and Local Government to provide information for consumers to find registered competent electricians in your area;
Amendments to Approved Documents A and C
The two principal changes are to update the guidance in Approved Document A to reference the British Standards based on Eurocodes and to reference the most up-to-date radon maps in Approved Document C.
You can view the the Circular. The changes will take effect from 1 October 2013.
Consumer Code For Home Builders
This is to go live from 1st April 2010. The purpose of the code is to ensure that buyers of new homes:
- are treated fairly;
- know what service levels to expect;
- are given reliable information upon which to make their decisions; and
- know how to access speedy, low-cost dispute-resolution arrangements if they are dissatisfied.
The Home Warranty Bodies have agreed to require all their registered builders to adopt and comply with the Code as a condition of their registration. Where a Home Builder is found to be in serious breach of the Code, Home Warranty Bodies can apply a range of sanctions, including removal from the relevant Home Warranty Body's register and exclusion from all registers run by other Home Warranty Bodies who participate in the Code Scheme.
For further information on the Consumer Code for Home Builders, visit the CCHB website www.newhomesconsumercode.com.