Underfloor heating complies with building regulation changes
The 2022 changes to Part L of building regulations mean that heating systems in new-build properties will have a maximum flow temperature of 55 degrees Celsius (C). Water underfloor heating complies with this requirement.
The changes in the building regulations require a 31% reduction in home CO2 emissions compared to current energy requirements. This is an interim step towards a 75% reduction by 2025. The government expects that heat pumps will be the primary heating technology in new-build homes. Heat pumps are ideal for heating water for underfloor heating, as they can operate at lower temperatures of between 35C to 55C. Gas boilers with radiators, on the other hand, operate at around 80C.
Another advantage of underfloor heating is that it can operate in separate zones controlled by smart thermostats that only heat occupied areas and can heat different rooms to varying temperatures.
The benefits for homeowners are more than just conforming to building regulations. Underfloor heating systems are cheaper to run, saving between 15% to 40% on energy bills. Pipework for water underfloor heating usually lasts a lot longer than typical radiators. Reputable installers can guarantee the pipework for long periods.
Underfloor heating also has safety advantages. For example, there is less movement of airborne particles with underfloor heating, making it suitable for allergy sufferers. As no radiators or fires are required, it is safer for families with young children, as there is no risk of children burning themselves.
The new regulations are part of the government’s commitment to tackling climate change, Underfloor heating is an effective way to reduce carbon emissions.