New photographic evidence requirements mandate that design specifications must be evidenced at ‘as built’ stage for every new home.
Under recent updates to the Building Regulations (AD-L), an archive of photographs must be created for all new homes during construction, to be shared with both building control and future owners or occupiers.
This move is intended to reduce the performance gap between design intent and build, ensuring accountability through the construction and assessment process. It will also improve the accuracy of SAP assessments, ensuring information matches the design specification.
Our photographic evidence service supports developers to easily fulfil this new compliance requirement.
Photographic Evidence is now a regulatory requirement under Approved Document L (AD-L) of the Building Regulations.
Imagery must be captured unique to each property or dwelling being built, showing each stage of construction.
It is intended that these new requirements will improve the accuracy of energy assessment and, ultimately, energy performance of homes, as build teams know all energy efficiency works are being documented and will be externally assessed.
Where images are non-compliant, not provided, or are believed to show another property, an assessor may be unable to issue the property’s EPC.
Criteria – AD-L Photographic Evidence requirements apply to developments registered with building control from June 15, 2022, in England, or November 23, 2022, in Wales. Additionally, sites registered before this date but where works have not started on a given building within one year of the regulations going live will also be subject to the requirements.
Photographs of the foundations and substructure, external walls, and roof must clearly show insulation in position, and thermal continuity around junctions. Photographs of the installation of windows must be taken, and certification demonstrating the property has been air tested must be supplied. Photographs of the heating and hot water systems and ventilation system must show the make and model of services.
How should the Photographic Evidence be captured and stored?
Photos must be:
Photos can be taken by anyone during build, typically site managers, providing they fulfil the above criteria. They are not the responsibility of external assessors.
Photographic Evidence is required for new residential properties only. They aren’t mandated for retrofits on existing dwellings, nor for non-residential buildings.