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Buildpass investigates: construction industry ‘on track’ for less than half of net-zero goals.

December 1, 2023

Building to net zero

Here at Buildpass, we try to stay at the forefront of sustainable construction and the latest updates in the industry. A topic of significant attention at the moment is the elusive net-zero goals for 2050: specifically, that recent findings from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) suggest that it may be falling short of its government-backedRead the full article…

£1.5m investment into sustainable construction and retrofit in the UK.

November 20, 2023

Sustainable Retrofit

Exciting news for the sustainable construction industry as Nottingham Trent University (NTU) invests £1.5 million into a brand new Centre for Sustainable Construction and Retrofit. After recent knocks to the sustainable construction industry following Rishi Sunak’s back pedal on the green agenda, some good news on the future of eco-friendly builds was much needed. WeRead the full article…

Is Modular Construction Sustainable in the Long Term?

November 8, 2023

Modular Construction

Modular construction techniques, where parts of a building are prefabricated offsite before being transported and assembled on location, have proven to be popular with building companies and renovation experts over the years.  Modular construction: A greener and efficient alternative to traditional building methods This construction method often promises faster project completion times, greater quality control,Read the full article…

Buildpass Investigates | Rishi Sunak’s reversal on key green policies is detrimental for the environment. 

October 11, 2023

Green Policies

Rishi Sunak’s recent policy shift weakens the government’s green policy commitments – and the impact cannot be underestimated. Here, Buildpass investigates.  Last month, Rishi Sunak announced that the Conservative government would be rolling back on some of their key green policies as part of a major policy shift. A new think-tank report noted that thisRead the full article…

Building to Net Zero | CPDs with Buildpass

September 28, 2023

10 key requirements for net zero carbon

Is building to net zero on your agenda, but you aren’t really sure where to start? Read on to learn how a CPD in Net Zero Construction could be the perfect route for you. In the world of construction and architecture, the concept of Net Zero has taken centre stage, captivating the attention of professionalsRead the full article…

What is the Whole Life-Cycle Carbon Assessments guidance (and how will it impact me)?

September 22, 2023

Whole Life Cycle Carbon

What is the whole life-cycle carbon assessment guidance? Read on to find out. In an era where more and more of us are embracing environmental consciousness, it has never been more important to prioritise sustainability in the construction industry. The built environment is responsible for about 40% of the UK’s carbon emissions, and is thereforeRead the full article…

BREEAM to reward buildings using less peak-period energy.

August 21, 2023


A new proposed update to the BREEAM standards suggests that buildings designed to use less energy during peak periods could be incentivised. Read on to find out more. On the 24th of May, BRE launched a public consultation, highlighting changes to its widely-used sustainability assessment method. The method will be Version 7 of the BREEAMRead the full article…

SBEM calculations for existing builds | Here’s what you need to know.

August 14, 2023

SBEM Calculations and Commercial EPC

Working on a non domestic building project? You may need SBEM calculations. Read on to find out more. SBEM, which stands for Simplified Building Energy Model, is a set of calculations that are used by the government to measure the energy performance of both existing and new non-dwellings/commercial properties. By taking into account the size,Read the full article…

What is PAS 2038?

July 12, 2023

PAS 2038 Retrofit Office

Are you working on a retrofit or refurbishment of a commercial building? Then PAS 2038 is an absolute must! Read on for our guide on PAS 2038, what it is and why you need it. In the sustainable construction industry, we like to talk about retrofits. It’s become a buzzword in the energy world becauseRead the full article…

5 ways to make your roof more energy efficient.

June 29, 2023

Roof Insulation

Re-roofing your home? Here are 5 ways to make your roof more energy efficient. Replacing an existing roof with a brand new, greener roof is a great way to work on your overall energy efficiency and costs. And especially since 25% of a home’s heat is lost through a roof, it really does present anRead the full article…

Architectural challenges in the face of the climate crisis

June 14, 2023

Architects react to climate crisis

When we think about the climate crisis, we typically think of plastic waste, pollution from factories and the number of cars on the road. But how often do we consider the buildings we live and work in every day?  Climate change is a major design problem for the architectural and construction industries right now. TheRead the full article…

New to Passivhaus? Here’s what you need to know.

June 6, 2023


Learn all you need to know about the intricate and popular world of Passivhaus in our latest blog. Described as the mecca for all energy and sustainability consultants, Passivhaus, (otherwise known as Passive House) is one of the world’s leading energy efficiency standards and construction concepts. It’s been made to advise the industry on howRead the full article…

Guest Post: Do solar panels increase the value of your home?

May 4, 2023

Solar PV

In the latest of our guest post series, we heard from renewable energy expert, Robert Cathcart, of SOLAR FAST about how (and why) solar panels can increase the value of your home. Can a Solar Energy System Improve the Value of Your Home? This question can be asked about any kind of home improvement andRead the full article…

What is the importance of thermal modelling? 

April 26, 2023

Thermal Modelling

What is thermal modelling and how important is it to you and your construction project? Find out more in our latest blog. Thanks to the new Approved Document O in the Building regulations, the construction industry has now dedicated its time to protecting the health and welfare of occupants within a building by reducing overheating.Read the full article…

New survey shows that less than a third of businesses know how energy efficient their building is.

April 18, 2023

Business Energy Assessments

Buildpass investigates a new survey outlining a staggering lack of awareness around energy efficiency and business buildings. To encourage workers back into the office, Irwin Mitchell recently conducted a survey ‘Redefining the Office – A report on office occupier trends in 2023’ to identify how office purposes need to be re-evaluated to reflect current andRead the full article…

What are SBEM calculations (and why do they matter)?

March 24, 2023

SBEM Calculations and Commercial EPC

SBEM stands for Simplified Building Energy Model. But what are SBEM calculations and what do they mean for you and your construction project? The building and construction industry is continuously searching for ways to build ‘greener’ for a more sustainable future. The goalposts are higher – if we want to hit net zero by 2050,Read the full article…

How high is the moisture risk in your home?

March 15, 2023

Moisture and damp in buildings

Moisture risk is a common problem in dwellings and can lead to a whole host of problems. Here we outline how to assess your moisture accumulation and how much is too much. It’s crucial that people are aware of ideal room temperatures and moisture levels in their home – something that is often overlooked canRead the full article…

Thermal bridging unwrapped.

March 3, 2023

What is thermal bridging

Thermal bridging can feel like a bit of a dark art. Read our latest blog to find out what thermal bridging is, what schemes are available and how you can avoid it. SAP conventions mean that there are a lot of (necessary!) hoops to jump through if you want to be considered environmentally and energyRead the full article…

SAP calculations made easy for New Builds.

February 20, 2023

Energy Performance Certificate and SAP Calculations

SAP calculations are necessary for residential new build projects, in order to demonstrate compliance with Part L1a of Building Regulations.  The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is the means by which the Government assesses and compares the energy and environmental performance of different dwellings. This SAP rating is necessary for anyone working on new residential developments,Read the full article…

Will transparent solar panels replace windows? | The How & the Why.

February 15, 2023

Transparent solar panels

As society endeavours to move closer to net-zero buildings, could transparent solar panels replace windows for good? Transparent solar panels – they sound pretty incredible, right? What may seem like a concept from science fiction is very much on track to change the landscape of sustainable construction: so much so that scientists in the USRead the full article…

10 cost-effective ways to stay warm this winter.

February 8, 2023

Winter always brings with it dark mornings and cold nights – but this year, the pressure to save money whilst staying warm is higher than ever. Read on for our 10 cost-effective tips for keeping the chill out this winter. December has officially landed with a bang – a drastic drop in temperature and aRead the full article…

Buildpass investigates: The Greener Futures Partnership launches £1.5bn retrofit framework.

January 27, 2023

A consortium of housing associations is looking for contractors and consultants for a retrofit framework worth £1.48bn. Here at Buildpass, we are committed to staying at the forefront of the sustainable construction agenda – as part of this, we are dedicated to bringing you all the latest updates from the world of energy performance andRead the full article…

What could Part Z building regulations mean for embodied carbon?

January 17, 2023

Embodied Carbon

Proposed Part Z building regulations could provide mandatory assessments and reporting of whole life carbon. What does this mean for self builders? Embodied carbon is a hot topic in the world of sustainable construction. With the net zero drive on the horizon, making a conscious and deliberate effort to cut your carbon emissions from theRead the full article…

10 ways to build low carbon buildings.

January 11, 2023

Low Carbon Buildings

Follow these steps to build low carbon buildings, produce more sustainable homes and reduce your carbon footprint. There is no avoiding the fact that those in the construction landscape need to prioritise sustainability in the design, construction and ongoing maintenance of buildings. Construction industry emissions are at a frightening high, with reports suggesting that theRead the full article…

How to cut energy costs in a community building.

December 12, 2022

Community Building

With the burden of energy costs only rising, what can community building owners do to keep their bills as low as possible and save themselves the headache? There is no escaping the ever rising concerns around energy bills and their impact on day-to-day living. And while there are many ways that as an individual youRead the full article…

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