Consultation on Proposed Building (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016: New Part M and Minor Amendments to Part F

The consultation proposes a new Part M to implement Article 8 of Directive 2014/61/EU on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks, and coming into operation on 31st December 2016.

The proposed requirements would seek the provision of ductwork, or similar infrastructure, so that broadband service providers could subsequently install their cabling without disruptive building works.  The proposals do not require external infrastructure up to the building, wiring within the building, or provisions for private network cabling within building units.  It is anticipated that a sleeved ‘hole in the wall’ may be sufficient in most new homes and single occupancy buildings.  The service risers and ductwork currently provided in larger, multi-occupancy buildings may be sufficient in most other cases.

It is also proposed to make two minor amendments to Part F of the Building Regulations to clarify transposition of Directive 2010/31/EU on the Energy Performance of Buildings more fully.  Neither amendment is expected to impact on current working practices.

The full package of consultation documents is available on the Department of Finance’s website

The Department will consider all responses to this consultation received on or before the closing date, which is 4pm on Friday 7th October 2016 (It is important to note that submissions made after this date cannot be considered).