Safety valves will be fitted to baths in all new-build homes to prevent scalding from bathwater, if proposed changes to building standards are approved.
A revision to building bye-laws sets out a number of proposed changes aimed at maintaining adequate standards in drainage, hygiene and hot water storage in new buildings. Revisions to Part 6 of the second schedule to the building bye-laws, and the supporting technical guidance document, have been published and the draft document is now out for public consultation.
The overall aim of the revisions is to improve water efficiency in newly constructed dwellings, as well as improving and updating the current technical guidance.
The Planning and Environment Minister’s support for initiatives to improve water efficiency in new buildings reflects a desire to reduce the unnecessary use of domestic water use where possible.
The Island relies on rainfall for most of the mains water supplied and is vulnerable to periods of low rainfall or drought. Water efficient fittings in new homes can help reduce water wastage.
People can submit their views on the proposed changes to the Department of the Environment by 25 November 2013. Responses should preferably be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.