A new version of the BS 3632 standard, to which all our park homes and lodges are constructed, was published in November 2015. BS 3632:2015 came into place in November 2015 and BS 3632:2005 will be withdrawn in November 2016.
There are a number of changes in the new standard, which are principally aimed at improving the energy efficiency of homes. The changes will mean alterations to room dimensions (due to the need for thicker walls to incorporate significantly improved insulation), which will necessitate some changes to our standard floor plans. The extra weight of insulation and timber has also necessitated a new chassis design for our larger park homes and lodges, which will be incorporated across our range.
New BS 3632:2015 Construction Requirements:
- Improved insulation to roof, floors and walls
- Improved window and door U values (our homes and lodges already comply with this)
- Low energy lighting, except in infrequently used areas
- Revised ventilation
- Higher minimum maintainable room temperatures
- TMV2 / TMV3 thermostatic control of DHW supply to prevent scalding
- Laboratory testing of wall construction to prove sound reduction
- Increased space requirements for cookers and fridges
- Requirements for internal claddings adjacent to heat producing appliances
- Changes to advice and warning notices
- Axle loading and spacing which has been taken from the NCCs COP:501
- Alternative and renewable energy systems and technologies have at last been recognised
These changes will result in genuinely superior park homes and lodges with a significant improvement in terms of energy efficiency and standard.
What this means for park homes
In particular, these changes mean that park homes can be seen as a genuine solution to the UK’s housing shortage. Park homes provide lower cost accommodation in a single storey, age appropriate form, that will help to free up family homes. The likely equity release from property sale could also help to cushion people’s retirements.
What this means for lodges
For lodges, the improvements will further differentiate our luxury lodges from EN 1647 “caravan lodges”. In addition, savings from reduced energy consumption will help letting parks and owners with their running costs.