Scottish Building Standards 2015 – Overview of Domestic Retrofits and Extensions

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The Scottish government released the 2015 building standards earlier this week, ahead of their implementation (from October 2015). This allows industry plenty of time to get to grips with the requirements. This blog post considers the changes to domestic retrofit Read the rest

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Housing Standards: The cost of the Code and future targets

Futuristic cityscape What are the future housing standards targets and what has happened to the Code for Sustainable Homes? This blog post discovers what’s been going on…

DECC have released for comment new draft technical housing standards following on from their 2013 … Read the rest

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How vacuum insulation helps to insulate existing floors

Optim-R Floorlowres With government targets and legislation aimed at improving energy efficiency in UK housing, all eyes are now focusing on reducing the CO2 emissions for new and existing homes. The problem, however, lies with retrofitting insulation in an existing home;… Read the rest
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Refurbishment hub: Do we need one?

Refurbishment of existing building Should the UK have a single refurbishment hub to ensure government and industry hears a single voice from all involved in the retrofit of buildings? This blog post explains what such a hub may look like.

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Scottish Building Standards 2015 – what can be gleaned from the consultation response?

Scottish boy with the flag of Scotland What do we know following the Scottish Government response to their January 2013 consultation on “Low Carbon Buildings – A review of energy standards and guidance within Scottish building standards” which references Section 6 Energy and closed on 15 April Read the rest
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Battle of the Bands: the energy efficiency of private rental properties

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At the end of July, DECC launched consultations on a new strategy for fuel poverty and consultations on the energy efficiency of private rental properties for domestic and non domestic buildings:

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A warning from a concerned Building Control Officer

warning tape One of our technical team had a call from a concerned Building Control Officer who had just returned from a site inspection. Here’s the story…

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What vapour control layer should you use in walls?

Vapour image Vapour control layers are used to control the movement of warm, relatively moisture rich air from reaching a cold surface where it will condense.

There are four common options that can help control vapour reaching

Polythene
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Not so Zero after all. A response to the 2014 Queen’s Speech.

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The Queen’s Speech (2014) yesterday set out the Government’s proposed legislative programme for the year ahead. Amongst the various bills put forward was a little more information about how they intend ‘Zero Carbon’ housebuilding to be shaped from 2016…

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Date: June 5, 2014
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2014 Changes to the Code for Sustainable Homes

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On 30th May, the Government published an addendum to bring the Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) into line with recent regulatory and national guidance. This blog outlines the main changes.
There are transitional arrangements, but the practical upshot is that
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Date: June 4, 2014
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