“Greater consistency” needed for sealing pipework in Building Regs

PipeSnug is calling for greater consistency when it comes to effectively sealing pipework and service penetrations in both existing dwellings and new builds.

This is the response following the Government’s latest consultation on the Future Buildings Standard.

“While we are delighted that the benefits of pipe grommets and collars have already been specified for new builds in Part L of the Building Regulations, we now want to see that same requirement in place for existing dwellings too,” explained Alex Lever, Director of PipeSnug.

The Future Buildings Standard consultation is the second stage of the two-part consultation on proposed changes to Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations. It builds on the Future Homes Standard consultation by setting out energy and ventilation standards for non-domestic buildings, existing homes and includes proposals to mitigate against overheating in residential buildings.

“There is no reason why any new pipe or duct work being installed into existing dwellings should not be sealed with pipe grommets and collars as they will have to be in new builds,” Alex continued. “We noticed that there is no consistency on this particular guidance across existing and new builds in the consultation. We believe it is logical to make this small and simple change to encourage an uplift in energy efficiency. It also saves time for installers too.”

PipeSnug simply fits into the hole drilled for the pipework and comes in 32mm, 40mm or 110mm sizes, removing any need for pointing. Its big brother, FlueSnug, is endorsed by Worcester Bosch, Ideal Heating and other leading boiler manufacturers and can be installed in less than five seconds. It snuggly fits the 152mm core-drilled hole in the wall through which the boiler pipe and flue exits. As well as encouraging energy efficiency, PipeSnug’s products stop water ingress (which can lead to mould, rot and damage), draughts, insects and other pests getting into a property.

Another added benefit of the 110mm PipeSnug and the FlueSnug is that they can be installed at height, without the need for ladders or scaffolding. That is because the products are flexible enough to be pushed through the hole meant for the pipework, saving even more time and fuss.

“Part L will require pipe grommets and pipe collars, such as PipeSnug, to be fitted as part of any new build dwelling as the product can be used to seal service penetrations internally and externally, providing an instant air tight finish without the need for additional sealants or tape. There is no reason why it cannot be adopted in existing dwellings too, so extensions and loft conversions could also benefit from the use of PipeSnug and FlueSnug,” Alex concluded.

For more details on PipeSnug and FlueSnug visit: http://pipesnug.co.uk/

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