§ Sir Michael McNair-Wilson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment why loft and roof insulation are not included in statutory building regulations; and if he has plans to add them to present requirements.
§ Mr. Trippier
[holding answer 27 February 1989]: The Building Regulations 1985 include a requirement for the insulation of the roof or loft. A consultation paper issued last July porposed that the existing thermal insulation requirements (including those for the roof) should be upgraded. Responses to the consultation are being considered. It was also proposed that the form of this part of the regulations should be brought more into line with that of other parts, by requiring reasonable provision to be made for the conservation of fuel and power, and by including guidance on insulation standards in the approved document. Experience has shown that this approach enables effective control to be maintained, but in a clearer and more flexible way