Part F - Means of Ventilation

The Building Regulation requirements are taking us on the next step to reducing carbon emissions in new dwellings

Part F: Means of Ventilation (ADF2010)


Approved Document F covers the requirements for ventilation for new dwelling through four standardised methodologies. The 2010 document also covers the introduction of GIP (Guaranteed Installed Performance) and the classification of ventilation as a controlled building service.

  • With the increased focus on reducing dwelling emission rates, ventilation is becoming increasingly crucial within the living environment.
  • The introduction of two air permeability rates with the default as zero infiltration means that across all dwelling types ventilation rates will increase and be 100% provided through the installed ventilation system.
  • This means that some ventilation methodologies may be more suitable than others to achieve compliance easily.

Importantly, Approved Document F (ADF 2010) also sets out a path for ventilation to become a ‘controlled service’ within a dwelling - the introduction of Guaranteed Installed Performance.

For the first time the ventilation regulations are shifting from ‘design only’ to include onsite installation testing and commissioning by a competent person. Alongside Approved Document F (ADF2010), the Domestic Ventilation Compliance Guide (an associated document to ADF) highlights the importance of installation, commissioning and regular maintenance in addition to good and simple user guides so that the end users know what they are doing.

All together - Guaranteed Installed Performance.

Download your own documents now.

If you want to download ADF 2010 which came into effect on 1st October 2010, click here

If you would like to know more about the new associated document The Domestic Ventilation Compliance Guide, click here

Download our Building Regulations 2010 document via the download below:
It’s a quick overview of the changes and impacts of the new document with working examples.