Since the new Building Regulations deadline came into force earlier this year, we have been working with our customers to make sure you understand what the rules mean and how to remain compliant. We know it can be confusing, which is one of the reasons we developed our Making Better Homes range, to ensure all the sustainable products and knowledge you need is in one place.
During the months leading up to and following the new regulations coming into place, we saw a rise in sales of a number of key products within this range that can help to ensure your projects are compliant with the rules. Enhanced insulation, sustainable cladding and wastewater heat recovery systems all rose in popularity between January and June 2023 compared with last year, while sales of air source heat pumps have also risen, which are favoured in the Part L regulations compared with traditional methods of heating.
Overall sales from the Making Better Homes range were 66% higher in the six months to June 2023, compared with the same period of 2022. The increase was mainly driven by a rise in sales of insulation, which saw a huge 367% rise. Wastewater heat recovery systems also surged in popularity, with sales 276% higher in the first half of 2023, compared with the same period in 2022. Sustainable timber cladding sales rose by 18%, while sales of carbon reduction products, such as recycled cavity liners increased by 17%.
As a reminder, the new Part F, Part L, Part O and Part S building regulations are seen as a stepping stone to bigger changes coming in 2025, when the Future Homes Standard will be introduced. The overall aim is to help to improve the UK’s housing stock, which ultimately benefits homeowners and should lead to higher standards that help to make more energy efficient homes. You can find out more about what the rules involve in our downloadable guide, or just get in touch and we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.