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The Increasing Importance of Thermal Bridging

Posted on September 23rd 2013

Thermal modelling of construction details is a key tool for developers seeking to comply with the new fabric standards for Part L 2013 and address the technical concern of surface condensation risk. This will become increasingly valuable when statutory fabric performance requirements are introduced in April 2014. Using 2D and 3D thermal modelling software, we are able to assess construction …

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BREEAM Commissioning Requirements

Posted on September 16th 2013

Commissioning is one of the key elements included within the Man 1 Sustainable Procurement issue within the BREEAM 2011 manual. There are two credits available for the commissioning process. The main contractor must appoint a commissioning manager to monitor and programme the commissioning of systems.  All commissioning must be carried out in line with the current building regulations, BSRIA and …

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Emerging Housing Standards in England – a Comparison

Posted on September 3rd 2013

Within the last fortnight two strategic policy documents have been published in England: the London Plan Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance on Sustainable Design and Construction (published by the Greater London Authority) and the conclusions of the Housing Standards Review, setting out new Nationally Described Standards, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Both these documents are currently subject …

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