What Are the Changes to Approved Document F?
As of June 15, 2022 in England and November 23, 2022 in Wales, replacement double glazed windows and doors must be installed with trickle vents as per the changes to Approved Document F.
What Is a Trickle Vent?
A trickle vent also known as a slot vent allows for natural circulation of fresh air continually to the room and the release of polluted air. This is generated from a small opening in Double glazed window and doors for consistant ventilation, even when closed. These vents are manufactured to enhance the air quality in a property.
Why Are Trickle Vents Necessary
In recent years, homes are better insulated and double glazing has improved, leading to less natural ventilation. This can result in the buildup of pollutants, as well as condensation and mold. Trickle vents help prevent issues associated with poor ventilation by increasing airflow throughout a home and reducing pollutants, creating a cleaner and better environment.
Trickle Vent Changes Take Effect on?
The new changes to Document F will be in effect from June 15, 2022 in England and November 23, 2022 in Wales. Any window & door installations after these dates must comply.
It is important to note that these changes to the building regulations apply to England and Wales only. Disclaimers and indemnity policies will not be considered by Local Authority Building Control (LABC).
Glass Tec Windows can advise about the changes and how they will affect your property. If the installation takes place after June 15, 2022 in England or November 23, 2022 in Wales, you will need to comply with the new building regulations. The Installer will be responsible to ensure that your replacement double glazing meet the requirements of Approved Document F.
Can I Opt Out of Having Trickle Vents Installed?
According to the new building regulations, trickle vents will be required by law in most situations. Exceptions may apply, such as for listed buildings and conservation areas, and should be discussed with your us. If your property does not fall under one of these exemptions, we will discuss the requirements for your replacement windows and doors.