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Buildpass investigates… Part L partnerships.

April 1, 2022

Sustainability and building compliance expert. Specialising in low energy design, SAP, SBEM, BREEAM, and air testing for the construction industry,

Andrew Sadler



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?

Part L is a regulation that focuses on construction projects that are new or focus on the change of use of a dwelling within the UK. Part L has also set the standards for the energy performance and carbon emissions of new and existing builds.

The regulation updates every four to five years to keep track of when the permitted amount of carbon used by a building is tightened, which is why it’s essential that the construction industry keep up to date with changes and new regulations coming onto the scene that may affect their projects and work.

Why is it important for the industry to be starting these conversations?

Talking to other developers and even suppliers can have huge benefits. It can provide the perfect forum for manufacturers to bring specialist knowledge in which innovation and problem-solving can thrive, helping the industry to reach their net-zero goals quicker. 

Better design 

It’s important that the industry focuses on how best to address performance gaps and the need to ensure that buildings across the UK meet the same levels of energy efficiency that they have been designed to achieve. Unfortunately, there is a disconnect between design and delivery and that can be caused for numerous reasons such as availability of products and even the quality of the installation. However, we can bridge that divide by working closely with the supply chain manufacturers. Having an early discussion means that if an issue is found within the original specification, changes to the product can be made to meet the performance criteria meaning the scheme will perform and look as originally intended. This will reduce the likelihood of expensive and time consuming redesigns later on!

Early engagement will lead to long term benefits

Being able to gain access to that early engagement from the supply chain team will be beneficial for your project in the long run. You will gain access to a range of information such as technical information to identify value engineering opportunities as part of the specification process. You will also have access to an experienced installation team which will tap into the expertise of the supply chain, helping you to create a build that is strong and energy efficient from the get go.

How can we help?

Here at Buildpass, we work with a range of great suppliers on a daily basis who could help you with planning the start of your project. Book in a call with us or send us an email at hello@buildpass.co.uk  and we can recommend the best supplier for you and your needs.

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