Amendments to Approved Document J in England were published on 29th July 2022 and apply from 1st October 2022.
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The government consulted on the provision of carbon monoxide alarms in late 2020 and has now considered the responses received. As a result, they have now decided there is benefit in extending carbon monoxide alarm installation to oil and gas appliances, in addition to the existing provision for solid fuel appliances.
They are also taking the opportunity to update some other areas in the document.
There is one main change to the guidance and some other minor changes:
The amended Approved Document came into force on 1st October 2022.
However it is normal for building regulation changes to be introduced through a transitional period, during which time and assuming qualifying criteria are met, the existing regulations remain in force.
Therefore, the October 2022 changes will not apply where an initial notice has been given to a local authority before 1st October 2022 and the building work to which it relates starts within three months of 1st October 2022 (before 1st January 2023).
The circular letter released by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUCH), confirms their opinion that commencement of work would usually be marked by the following:
How do you define "work commenced" for warranty cover?
Where a Premier Guarantee warranty product is provided, these additional details should be satisfied.
What would ‘not likely’ be commencement?
DLUCH also confirm the works that are not likely to constitute commencement:
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Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication (September 2022). Guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. For the most up to date Premier Guarantee technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the Premier Guarantee Technical Manual.