The revised apartment minimum sizes which were hurriedly introduced last December have now hit a roadblock. One could say there is an elephant in the room and that elephant is that the minimum size of the rooms which were not reduced in line with the overall floor area of the apartments. 

The intent behind the revised standards was a well meaning and much needed reduction in the overall build cost of apartments and other revisions such as removal of the dual aspect requirement in certain circumstances and an increase in the number of units per core is to be welcomed. Legally speaking the revised minimum standards came into immediate effect last December.  Solutions such as decreasing corridors to fit the larger rooms are not a viable option as corridor widths are governed by fire safety regulations.  For now, developers are advised to adhere to the old minimum design standards as far as floor space is concerned until the matter is clarified by the Department of Environment.