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What is block compliance and does it apply to me?

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What is block compliance and does it apply to me?

November 7, 2019

Block Compliance

If you’re designing a dwelling which is grouped together and shares party walls or party floors – such as flats and terrace houses – you can pass building compliance as an overall block.

Block compliance allows you to use average TER
and DER values for apartments and terraced houses so that the higher performing units – such as those at the end of the terrace or ground and top floor flats) can make up for the dwellings with a lower performance.

Basically?
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How to prepare for your energy assessment.

November 5, 2019

London Plans

The primary purpose of an energy assessment is to demonstrate that climate change mitigation measures have been fully integrated into a scheme’s design and evolution, and that they are appropriately designed based on the context of the development.

Essentially, you need to be able to prove that you are adhering to the London Plan energy policies and that your development is conscious of its environmental impact and is designed in a way to minimise this as much as possible.

Find out more about Policy 5.2 and energy assessments over on our blog.
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5 of the world’s most sustainable buildings.

October 24, 2019

Sustainable Buildings

There’s no doubt that business giants have the upper hand when it comes to implementing sustainable excellence. Cutting edge technology costs money and, let’s face it, they’ve got a lot of it.

But you don’t need to be a billionaire to achieve green excellence. You just need knowledge and drive, with a passion to minimise your carbon footprint and boost the longevity of your building.Read the full article…

Behind the scenes with Buildpass… The Case Study Series.

October 18, 2019

Extension SAP

Our client designs and builds beautiful, modern conservatories for a huge range of homes. Their conservatories are fantastic; some of the best. But they need a helping hand to ensure every single development is energy efficient to the highest degree.

We come in and help the client throughout the entire installation: specification of floors, walls, roof and glazing, as well as varied levels of insulation, providing all calculations ready for building compliance.

We do it all, so they can get back to doing what they do best; building the conservatory of their client’s dreams.
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An introduction to… Biomass boilers

October 10, 2019

Global climate strikes, the Extinction Rebellion and big, bold Government promises on sustainability. You’d be hard pressed to avoid the topic of our environmental impact. It’s becoming paramount for us to sit up and take notice. Changing our own behaviours when it comes to our ecological footprint is no longer a fleeting thought; it’s aRead the full article…

The new green housing “revolution” and what it means for you.

October 2, 2019

This week, the Government unveiled a new green standard for all new build homes with the ultimate aim of tackling climate change head on and cutting down utility bills. It says that by 2025, all fossil fuel heating systems – such as gas boilers – will be banned from new homes.

As a Sustainability Consultant, this is (unsurprisingly!) music to my ears. We’re getting closer and closer to crisis point, and now’s the time to get all hands on deck and face the climate emergency together: one build at a time.
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What is a carbon neutral city and what does it mean for my home?

October 1, 2019

A carbon neutral city is one that runs entirely on renewable energy. Although this is a major task (and one that will be no easy feat), to date the UK has already reduced carbon emissions by 43% from levels recorded in 1990.

We’re on the way. We’re trying. But there’s still a long way to go.
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Behind the scenes with Buildpass… The Case Study Series.

September 20, 2019

Rennovations

Last month we launched The Case Study Series; a behind the scenes look into the world of Buildpass and the brilliant clients we are able to support. Because we’re so much more than just a one trick pony. Our business is built on finding solutions and giving people the tools and confidence to create theirRead the full article…

What you need to know about Ground Source Heat Pumps

September 13, 2019

GSHP Borehole installation

Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) are pipes buried beneath your garden designed to capture heat from the ground to channel straight into your home. And while they require a high initial investment, they have the highest ROI and lowest running costs of ANY renewable energy. So whether you’re building your own dream home or a new property to put on the market, a GSHP system could improve both the quality and efficiency of your build as well as its value.Read the full article…

10 ways Buildpass can help with your building compliance

September 4, 2019

Here at Buildpass, we understand that building compliance can feel like a complex and never ending battlefield. Especially when you’ve got the added pressure of finishing your property to the standard and design of your dreams to contend with. Luckily, it’s something we’re passionate about. Getting new builds to tick all the boxes in asRead the full article…

What you need to know about paragraph 79.

September 2, 2019

Paragraph 79

With Kevin McCloud back on our screens with “Kevin’s Grandest Designs”, I can’t help but ponder over the intricacies of these ingenious rural builds, and the steps that have been taken to make them a reality. We’ve all got our dream spot in mind for that perfect home. The fantasy.

For many people, that spot will always remain exactly that; a fantasy. Due in no small part to the difficulty of getting planning permission granted on paragraph 79 homes.Read the full article…

Behind the scenes with Buildpass… The Case Study Series.

August 19, 2019

Introducing… The Case Study Series. We’re going to share with you behind the scenes stories from our jobs, events and development. We hope this will give you a flavour of Buildpass and the many ways we can support you and your build.Read the full article…

Why is it important to bring in an Energy Consultant earlier in the building process?

August 13, 2019

energy and sustainability consultant

When the time, effort and finances have already been pumped into a finished build, making (sometimes large) changes is far from easy. In fact, it can throw everything into disarray.

Save yourself the added pressure by tackling your energy efficiency earlier in your building journey.
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What is the minimum level of energy efficiency (MEES)

July 29, 2019

MEES

By law, all domestic and non-domestic private rented properties are now required to adhere to a minimum level of energy efficiency: an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E or above.

Here at Buildpass, this is something we have the skills and experience to support you with. We’re available to join you at your property at short notice or elsewhere for a consultation to share the steps you need to take to keep your EPC rating as low as possible.
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The 101 Guide to SAP Assessments

July 22, 2019

There’s no escaping it. If you’re working on any new residential developments, conversions and even some extensions, Building Regulations insist you have a SAP calculation on your property. But what is a SAP calculation? We’re glad you asked. A SAP calculation stands for a Standard Assessment Procedure calculation. Or, in other terms, the means ofRead the full article…

Pass your air test first time

July 15, 2019

Air Tightness Testing

“Your air leakage test is an essential part of your finished build. It measures the extent to which air is lost through uncontrolled leaks in the building fabric and, ultimately, defines the energy performance of the building.

As your one-stop energy and sustainability consultant, we have the flexibility and skills to attend your property at short notice and steer you back in the right direction if you do miss the mark.

Because we’ll never walk away from a problem. In fact, we’ll work alongside your site team to achieve a pass during our visit, rather than just marking a red cross on your door.”
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EPC vs DEC Energy Certificates | The Requirements

May 8, 2018

We recently had a client asking what the difference between and Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and Display Energy Certificate and do you need one if you have the other. So we looked into it further. What is an Energy Performance Certificate? The Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations came into effect on the 1st August 2007Read the full article…

Commercial EPC exemptions – Find out if you need an epc

April 26, 2018

Having been requested to undertake a commercial EPC for a run down warehouse building this afternoon it brought to mind the question When is a commercial building exempt from needing and EPC? At Buildpass HQ we thought it a great opportunity to investigate further. Commercial EPC Requirements The requirement for non-dwellings to have an EPCRead the full article…

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