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Housing: Carbon Monoxide

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the ventilation standards for vehicle garages attached to domestic properties with a view to reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. (304115)

Ventilation standards for buildings are set in Part F of the Building Regulations (England and Wales), but the standards do not currently cover garages attached to dwellings.

The Department has recently consulted on proposed changes to Part F intended to ensure that health standards are not undermined by making buildings more airtight and hence energy efficient.

The consultation document did not contain any proposals to extend Part F ventilation requirements to domestic garages. However, we will consider any evidence of a need to do so as part of the next review of Part F standards starting in 2010.