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Air Pressure Test Lodgements Add Certainty to Results

Posted on November 6th 2015

On 1st September 2015, the Air Tightness Testing and Measurement Association (ATTMA) introduced a mandatory lodgement process for all air pressure test data issued by ATTMA members. It is intended to ensure the quality of tests and avoid costly challenges to their validity by Building Control after the generation of Part L Compliance Checklists, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and CML.  Lodgement …

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Part Q and Secured by Design (SBD)

Posted on November 6th 2015

The recent launch of the Part Q Approved Document: Security – Dwellings on 1 October has, for the first time, introduced regulatory standards for preventing unauthorised access to dwellings. As per our article earlier this year, Part Q is essentially concerned with the security of doors and windows. The requirements of SBD Section 1 (development layout and design), elements of Section …

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BREEAM: Consider it Early

Posted on November 6th 2015

All versions of BREEAM include a significant number of ‘easy win’ time-dependent credits, which if not considered during an early RIBA design stage cannot later be awarded as part of the assessment. The early appointment of a BREEAM assessor is therefore crucial to a successful BREEAM assessment, particularly where the higher ratings are targeted. To achieve the desired BREEAM rating …

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Setting the Temperature of District Heating Networks

Posted on November 6th 2015

The selection and achievement of appropriate operating temperatures for district heating networks is a key issue which can:- Reduce capital costs Reduce heat losses Reduce corridor overheating Lower consumer heat bills Good design, installation and commissioning can achieve all of these when the correct flow and return temperatures are adapted. It is our recommendation that the following temperatures are specified …

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