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Approved Document O | Overheating questions answered.

August 10, 2022

Part O Overheating

Confused about Approved Document O and overheating? We’ve got you covered. Read Buildpass’ latest blog for our overheating Q & A. First mentioned in December 2021, the new Part O building regulation deals with overheating in domestic dwellings and residential like properties such as care homes and student accommodation. Guidance on this new building regulationRead the full article…

What is the government proposed street vote?

July 27, 2022

Street Vote

The government proposed street vote is part of a new plan from the government whereby  neighbours could be given a vote on whether planning permission is granted for developments on their street. Neighbourhoods across the UK are going to be given the right to allow building developments on their street if they comply with certainRead the full article…

What makes a good energy consultant?

July 18, 2022

SBEM Calculations

Looking to hire an energy consultant? You’d best make sure it’s an excellent one. Read on for our lowdown on what makes a good energy consultant. If you are looking to make your home more energy efficient or looking to reduce your energy bills, you could benefit from a good energy consultant. Energy consultants areRead the full article…

What is PAS 2035 and PAS 2030:2019?

July 7, 2022

Retrofit

Confused by PAS 2035 and how it impacts your 2030:2019 certification? Read our blog for the full lowdown. Did you know, homes in the UK are among the least environmentally friendly in Europe? A lot of this comes down to the age of our buildings; most were built pre 90s when energy efficiency had noRead the full article…

What is Building Performance Evaluation (and why is it important)?

June 27, 2022

Building Performance Evaluation

Building Performance Evaluation is a means of using different monitoring techniques to evaluate a building’s performance. Read our blog to find out more.Read the full article…

Greenwashing in construction (and how to be aware of it).

June 8, 2022

Greenwashing

So we now know what greenwashing is and how it can affect businesses; but how does it differ for the construction industry? Construction greenwashing involves overpromising or misleading with information that your products/services have beneficial green effects. Read the full article…

How to avoid thermal bridging | Buildpass.

May 26, 2022

What is thermal bridging

Thermal Bridging can have a huge impact on your home’s energy efficiency. But, what is it exactly and how can we avoid its negative effects? In the world of energy efficiency and sustainable construction, thermal bridging is a popular term that we need to discuss and understand. A thermal bridge, also known as a coldRead the full article…

5 tips for environmentally responsible construction.

May 18, 2022

IPCC Report

There’s many organisations across the globe making waves in sustainable construction, becoming inspiration for us all and it’s super exciting to see how the world is going to change and create magnificent environmentally responsible construction.
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Low carbon retrofitting | The ultimate guide.

May 9, 2022

Retrofit

Low carbon retrofitting is a new scheme within the UK that focuses on improving the energy efficiency of older homes, helping them to become net zero and reach their full energy efficiency potential.Read the full article…

SAP calculations for conversions | Buildpass

May 3, 2022

Sap Conversion

Interested in converting your build? Getting a SAP Calculation should be a top priority in your planning and design. But don’t worry, this blog will go into detail about all things conversions and SAP calculations. Read the full article…

7 things you might not know about building retrofits.

April 25, 2022

Retrofit

Retrofitting is rising in popularity within the construction industry due to its positive effects on the environment and on occupants. In this blog, we will tell you everything you need to know about building retrofits. Retrofitting is huge within the construction industry, especially as developers look to become more eco-friendly. Retrofitting buildings helps to createRead the full article…

Buildpass investigates… Part L partnerships.

April 1, 2022

Part L

In the next couple of months, the government is planning to make changes to Part L of the Building Regulations, which will come into effect this June. These changes have sparked discussion across the industry about how to best achieve compliance.  What is Part L of the Building Regulations and why is it important? PartRead the full article…

GUEST POST: Net Zero will require collaboration, not conflict.

March 21, 2022

Timber Structure

In our latest addition to the Buildpass Guest Post Series, Andrew Carpenter – Chief Executive at the Structural Timber Association (STA) – looks at the recent focus on embodied carbon in the built environment and explains why a more positive approach to communication about different building materials is essential. Reducing the embodied carbon of buildingsRead the full article…

What is water neutrality?

March 8, 2022

Water Neutrality Statement

As the people around the world start to recognise the importance of their water footprint, the Environment Agency and many other companies have begun to explore Water Neutrality with the goal to reduce water usage and promote positive actions within the construction industry. Due to the accelerated rate of housing growth, new builds and theRead the full article…

5 green buildings from around the world (and what you can learn from them).

February 23, 2022

Pixel Building, Melbourne Australia

Across the world, countries are creating magnificent green buildings to help reduce environmental impact and inspire other developers. Here’s our top 5 green buildings from across the world that you need to take note of. Sustainability throughout the construction industry is at a really exciting point, with countries from around the world beginning to buildRead the full article…

How to make your home more water efficient.

February 10, 2022

Water efficiency

Water is a vital part of our daily lives. However the more we build, the more our water resources are stretched. It’s now more important than ever to make your home more water efficient. Often, we focus purely on energy efficiency, gas and electricity when it comes to our homes; but what about water? WaterRead the full article…

How can I responsibly retrofit a traditional building?

January 24, 2022

Retrofit

As many developers are looking to reduce their environmental impact, they are choosing to retrofit traditional builds across the UK. However, retrofits are not one size fits all and there are many avenues to consider before planning a retrofit approach.Read the full article…

Hiring an energy consultant? Here are 7 things to consider.

January 13, 2022

Hiring an energy consultant

You know you want to reduce your energy usage and would like help from a professional energy consultant, but where do you start? Our latest blog (and handy checklist) will ease the stress and help you find the perfect consultant for you and your project.Read the full article…

2021 | A year in review for Buildpass.

December 31, 2021

2021 Review

2021 has once again been a year of highs and lows. Here at Buildpass, we want to celebrate the successes of the past 12 months. As the year draws to a close, we want to take a moment to look back and reflect on what has been a busy and exciting year for Buildpass. WeRead the full article…

Buildpass investigates… New homes, less carbon?

December 22, 2021

Building Regulations

New government rules say new homes and buildings across England are being asked to produce significantly less CO2 to help the country move closer to their net zero targets.Read the full article…

New build vs re-use: what’s better environmentally?

December 17, 2021

Retrofit

In this blog, we will be exploring the pros and cons of both new builds and re-use to help find the best route for you, your project and the environment.Read the full article…

Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) – Case Study

December 14, 2021

Insulated Concrete Formwork ICF

In this case study, we are going to look at a low-energy self-build in Glasgow, Scotland. This recently finished property boasts both a striking and contemporary aesthetic, teamed with extremely innovative design considerations. So much so, the home has been shortlisted for the ‘Best ICF Home’ category in the 2021 Build It Awards.Read the full article…

10 ways to stay warm without gas or electricity.

December 7, 2021

As the sun begins to set at 4pm and jack frost makes a brisk entrance, it’s clear that the cold wintery nights are upon us. But, how do we stay warm without electricity? As we begin to head into the colder months of the year, keeping warm in our home is essential. But, as theRead the full article…

Triple glazing | The pros and the cons

November 28, 2021

Triple Glazing

Whether you are building a new home or renovating, it’s probably crossed your mind about what windows you would like to integrate into the property. This is especially important if you are aiming to design an energy conscious dwelling, as your windows are a core way to make your dwelling more efficient.

There are many avenues to consider to make your home more energy efficient, such as triple glazing, but is it actually worth the money and time?Read the full article…

Energy Performance Certificates explained | Buildpass

November 17, 2021

Energy Performance Certificate

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a simple way for the industry to understand the energy efficiency and carbon emission of your home. The certificate is used for buildings which are being sold, let or constructed in the UK. Read our latest blog for the full lowdown on EPCs, who needs them and how they are calculated. Read the full article…

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