Final Friday Five – Top 5 articles we’ve read this month.

Final Friday Five This is a new feature we are adding to the blog – the final Friday five.

Five articles, blogs or news stories from across the internet, published in the last month, covering a variety of different views, opinions and facts. … Read the rest

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What’s involved in producing a SAP calculation?

Passivhaus Building All new dwellings must be assessed to determine their energy efficiency (SAP rating), their Environmental Impact (EI) and whether they comply with standards. This is initially carried out at the design stage, before work starts on site. The whys and Read the rest
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The why, what and when of SAPs (Standard Assessment Procedures)

Thermographic image of wall Many people are familiar with EPC’s (Energy Performance Certificates), which are a mandatory requirement for a property sold or rented. The work done in creating them starts even before a single brick is laid. The first step in creating an Read the rest
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Thermal Modelling and Detailing: What’s wrong and what does the future look like?

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Out of the Zero Carbon Hub’s end of term report, Construction Detailing was identified as a particular area requiring improvement. This post looks at what is happening now, and what an Accredited Thermal modelling scheme may look like.

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3 ways to comply with the standards for domestic extensions

Extending your home to comply with the standards So, you’re building an extension on your house. What do you have to do to make sure it complies with the standards? This blog explores the options…

When determining compliance for an extension, there are three routes to showing that … Read the rest

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Thermal Mass for Part L1A 2013

In this post we look at the role thermal mass plays in how buildings pass Part L1A of the Building Regulations.

Timber frame constructions are typically associated with lower levels of thermal Mass (a TMP of 100 is commonly used … Read the rest

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Tinkering with L1A 2013 compliance

Tinkering under the bonnet of SAP Jon Ducker’s been getting under the bonnet of SAP to get a building to comply with the new Building Regulations for L1A 2013. Here he shares his experiences…

I’ve given up on the BRE cSAP calculator for modeling, as it … 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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