Will the Scots hold their nerve?

Scottish zero carbon consultation English and Welsh Energy proposals have been severely curtailed. What will Scotland do in their next steps towards Zero Carbon?

The Scottish Part 6 consultation back in April 2013, looked at the next step in building standards for 2014 and … Read the rest

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Has the Government broken the Code for Sustainable Homes?

Code for Sustainable Homes The government has published the Housing Standards Review which looks at reducing the number of local and non-Building Regulations requirements on house builders.

The Housing Standards Review consultation proposes a new ‘nationally described standard set’ to provide clear differentiation between … Read the rest

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Part L 2014 – baby steps towards low carbon building

Part L - slow going On 30th July, the government announced their proposals for Part L of the Building Regulations, with a 2014 timeline rather than the originally proposed 2013 implementation…

Full details won’t be available until the Approved Documents are published (later this summer … Read the rest

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SAP 2012 – What’s changed? (Regional climatic data / Solar)

One of the bigger changes in SAP2012 is that it will take the regional climatic data for the dwelling into account, with a knock on effect on performance of solar technologies, depending on where the house is.

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SAP 2012 – What’s changed? (Heat Pumps)

One of the big changes in the recently published SAP2012 was the performance assigned to Heat Pumps…

SAP dictates how a dwelling will perform against the TER set by the standards, so picking out the changes from SAP2009 gives us … Read the rest

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SAP 2012 – What’s changed? (Thermal Bridging)

Up to 19 new linear thermal bridging junctions in the recently published SAP2012

SAP dictates how a dwelling will perform against the TER set by the standards, so picking out the changes from SAP2009 gives us a few pointers as … Read the rest

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SAP 2012 – What’s changed? (Overview)

SAP 2012 was quietly published and whilst we’re still waiting on the changes to Part L to allow a Target Emission Rate to be calculated, there is some information to be gleaned…

It’s worth noting that SAP underpins all the … Read the rest

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Welsh Part L consultation – Domestic new build proposals

Welsh Flag The Welsh New Build proposals are a bold step when seen next to the English consultation proposals for 2013.

They are however also a slow one if you consider the last improvements were October 2010 and that the next interim … Read the rest

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Transitional arrangements and regulatory lag

Cavity Wall Insulation The ‘lag’ in building to new regulations seemingly averages around 18 months to two years from introduction, to mainstream  building to those new requirements.

Mainstream England and Wales house-building has only recently started to be to the ‘new’ 2010 regulation.  … Read the rest

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