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New Pragmatic Approach to Assessing Summer Overheating

Posted on February 5th 2015

Until recently, a dwelling was deemed to have an unacceptable overheating risk if habitable rooms exceed threshold temperatures of 25oC in bedrooms and 28oC in living rooms for more than 1% of occupied hours per year. The new Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) TM52 guidance provides a much more pragmatic approach to assessing summer overheating in homes. CIBSE …

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Part L 2010 Deadline Fast Approaching

Posted on February 5th 2015

As we approach 6th April 2015, developers who have lodged an initial notice, building notice or full plans application before 6th April 2014 will need to commence works on site before this date in order to retain use of Part L 2010, thus avoiding the uplift in specification necessary to comply with Part L (2013). The DCLG’s definition of “commencement …

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Who To Trust With Housing Standards

Posted on February 5th 2015

We are continually refining the balance between cost-efficient strategies and optimising building performance for the end user. With the Housing Standards Review and the dismantling of the Code, industry faces a challenge between low cost mass-market housing, and high quality homes which are fit for the future. In our article for the CIBSE journal we look to the future and discuss …

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