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What is the new Green Homes Grant (and am I applicable)?

October 1, 2020

Green Homes Grant

The new Green Homes Grant has officially launched! As of Wednesday 30 September, homeowners and landlords can apply for up to £5,000 of vouchers to improve the energy efficiency of their home. In our latest article we’re talking about what this exciting new scheme covers, who is (and isn’t) applicable and how it will contribute to the UK’s net zero target.Read the full article…

What is FSC Friday (and why do we need it)?

September 25, 2020

Sustainable Timber

Today is FSC Friday – The Forest Stewardship Council’s annual event to raise awareness of responsible forest management. This theme for 2020 is ‘Forests for All Together’. Find out more about this year’s campaign and what you can do to support it and join the fight against deforestation. Read the full article…

It’s time to #ActOnClimate for World Green Building week.

September 19, 2020

World Green Building Week

World Green Building Week runs from 21 – 25 September 2020. This annual campaign encourages people around the world to create greener buildings; one of the most impactful ways we can, together, achieve the global sustainability goals. This year the campaign is asking us to #ActOnClimate. Read our latest article to find out more about this important, worldwide campaign.Read the full article…

What are degree days and how do we use them?

September 10, 2020

Degree Days

Degree days are a specialist type of weather data that combines both the time and temperature components. They are a valuable way to predict and report on the annual heating energy requirements. Read our latest article where we dig a little deeper into what they are and how we can use them.Read the full article…

What are BREEAM credits and why do they matter?

September 4, 2020

What are BREEAM Credits

Zero Waste Week will run from 7 – 11 September. In celebration of this fantastic campaign, we’re digging into the BREEAM credit system and why BREEAM waste credits are so important.Read the full article…

10 key requirements for Net Zero Carbon Operations.

August 26, 2020

10 key requirements for net zero carbon

2020 has been a major year for climate change movements; not least with the commitment to Net Zero carbon in new buildings by 2030. While this may feel a long way off, the time to start making positive changes is now. We’re discussing the key requirements for achieving Net Zero (with reference to the LETI summary plan) over on our blog.Read the full article…

What are Part G Water Calculations and what do they mean for water efficiency?

August 19, 2020

Part G Water Calculations

Part G Water Calculations are a legal requirement to prove that a new build, extension or conversion is water efficient. These calculations ensure that a home uses as little water as possible: they play a huge role in our fight to create a more sustainable and eco-conscious society. We’re digging into the calculations and what they mean on our blog.Read the full article…

10 top tips for passing your SAP assessment

August 14, 2020

SAP Calculations

Got a dwelling build on the cards? First things first; you need to pass your SAP assessment. Here we’re laying out our top tips to pass your SAP calculation first time.Read the full article…

What is solar hot water (and is it cost effective)?

August 6, 2020

What is solace hot water

Solar hot water systems are a sustainable way to harness the free energy from the sun to heat your home, all year round.  It won’t come as a surprise that, here at Buildpass, we love digging deeper into the many different sustainable energy sources. And we love sharing our discoveries with you. Our hope isRead the full article…

What are the changes to Permitted Development Rights (and do they impact me)?

July 31, 2020

Permitted development rights

Permitted Developments Rights
are the rules under which someone can make changes to a building without the need to apply for planning permission. They’re set according to Parliamentary general planning permission, rather than from local planning authorities; aka, they’re firmly set in stone.

Last week, the Government published updates expanding these rights: these updates are a pretty exciting move for homeowners. We’re chatting more about it in our latest blogRead the full article…

Buildpass investigates… the East Hampshire Local Plan.

July 17, 2020

East Hampshire Local Plan

Here at Buildpass, we have been enjoying getting to know the different policies, local plans and proposals in Hampshire. This week, we have been digging deeper into The Joint East Hampshire District Council and South Downs National Park Authority Core Policy. We’re unpicking its many layers over on our blog.
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What changes have Buildpass made during lockdown?

July 9, 2020

Green Recovery

Amongst the chaos of lockdown, we have tried to use this quieter time to create something new for Buildpass.
Because our mission is simple: we want to help builders, designers and homeowners reach their green goals.
However, the path to get there is far from simple!
Which is why we are excited to expand our range of services so that we can help more and more people create better spaces to live; ones that leave a positive mark on our planet. We’re sharing these brilliant changes for Buildpass over on our blog.
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How to pass Building Regulations Part E.

July 3, 2020

Acoustic Testing

Building Regulations Part E1 is your minimum standard of sound insulation between adjoining buildings. It’s aim is to reduce unwanted noise and sound transmission between dwellings… and it’s extremely important to adhere to.
However, it can be tricky to navigate. That’s why we’re created a guide that unpicks Part E requirements and shows you how to improve your chances of passing it – first time!
Read the full article…

How to keep your house cool during summer.

June 25, 2020

Summer Overheating

Whether you’re a sun worshipper or more of an English rose, a hot and stuffy house can be a bit of a nightmare. And as we officially move into the summer (coupled with some seriously hot days) the need to keep your house cool is becoming a bigger priority. We’re exploring the many ways to design a home that stays cool in the summer (without the need for air conditioning). Read the full article…

Buildpass investigates… the Winchester Local Plan.

June 19, 2020

Winchester Planning

We are thrilled to launch a new Buildpass series: Buildpass Investigates…
We will be tapping into the huge variety of planning requirements across the region, and how these differ from location to location. Because the scope is vast, with some areas having incredibly ambitious targets to other local authorities have no sustainable targets at all.

First up? We’re unravelling the Winchester Local Plan.
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The 5 fundamental principles of Passive House

June 11, 2020

The five fundamental principles of passivhaus

A Passive House is designed to consume up to 90% less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings, keeping its habitants comfortably warm all winter and cool throughout the summer: it’s the mecca of all energy and sustainability consultants. The benefits are major, but there are a fair few boxes to tick.Read the full article…

Celebrate World Green Roof Day on Saturday 6 June!

June 5, 2020

Green Roof

World Green Roof Day is on Saturday 6 June, and the campaign showcases the abundance of benefits of green roofs – or living roofs – for our planet.

Using the hashtag #WGRD2020, participants are asked to take photos of their favourite green roofs and share them with the community. Whether it’s the roof of a garden shed or a huge industrial unit, the more photos, the better!

We’re talking about living roofs over on the blog, and why they are a major ally to the green agenda!
Read the full article…

A big change for the Energy Performance of Buildings Register.

May 28, 2020

Energy Performance Certificate and SAP Calculations

The Energy Performance of Buildings Register has announced that they are moving all services in-house. This is part of a huge drive to create and run exceptional public services, as well as maximise the digital capabilities and purpose of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

It’s a big, exciting change – and we’re talking more about it over on the blog.Read the full article…

Do I need a SAP calculation for my extension?

May 22, 2020

Extension SAP

If you’re working on a new residential development or conversion, Building Regulations require you to have a SAP calculation on your property. It’s an accepted, expected part of construction and design and is your way of proving the energy and environmental performance of a build.

But, when you’re building an extension, things get a little more complicated. We’ve created a simple guide on the WHAT and WHEN of SAP calculations for extensions.Read the full article…

10 quick hacks to save energy during lockdown.

May 14, 2020

Smart Meter

Like many of you, here at Buildpass we are spending more time than ever within the four walls of our home. This could easily lead to a spike in our energy use and, as a result, a big increase in bills.

We are by no means alone in this. With the majority of households still experiencing a degree of lockdown, the potential for a surge in home-based energy usage is huge.

Now is the time to mitigate any further damage and save energy, water and cash. Read out top ten hacks to find out how.
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What is wood fibre insulation and is it worth using?

May 7, 2020

Wood Fibre Insulation

More efficient homes mean a reduction in energy emissions and a big old cut in bills. A double win, really.

But, you can take it a step further. As a home-owner, a builder, a project manager or a designer, you can choose to utilise an eco-friendly insulation solution.

One of those solutions is wood fibre insulation boards.

Find out more in our latest blog.
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Buildpass is officially turning two!

May 1, 2020

Buildpass Birthday

They say “if you don’t like it, fix it.” And that’s exactly what I decided to do with Buildpass.

today we’re celebrating a fantastic two years of business for our sustainability and energy efficiency consultancy.

And since Buildpass is the brainchild of our self-confessed eco-geek Director, Andrew, we thought we’d give him the floor to tell you all about his journey so far and his ultimate vision for Buildpass. Have a read of our latest blog to see the full story.
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3 wellbeing and architectural design books to add to your bookshelf.

April 23, 2020

There’s an absolute wealth of industry specific literature out there – much of it with really unique, interesting messages and viewpoints – and we want to shine a light on it.

Because with many of us currently staying in our homes due to lockdown, this could be a valuable opportunity to find out more about how the space we live and work in impacts our mental health and wellbeing.

That’s why, this week, we’re making the most of the “quiet time” by reviewing three books all about sustainable design and wellbeing. You can read the full review through the link in our bio.Read the full article…

What is light pollution and why is it a problem?

April 17, 2020

Light Pollution Studies

International Dark-Sky Week runs from Sunday 19 April to Sunday 26 April 2020. The idea behind it is to show the world the beauty and power of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. In doing this, it strives to get the world taking notice of the major problems brought about by light pollution, and the simple ways in which we can all help to mitigate them.

And as a business pretty much obsessed with paving the way for a more sustainable, eco-conscious world, we’re entirely on board with it.

Read our latest blog to find out more about light pollution and what we can to do combat it.Read the full article…

Could offsite construction solve the housing crisis?

April 9, 2020

Offsite Construction

“The UK has been facing a housing crisis for some time, currently needing around 340,000 new homes per year just to meet demand. But simply building more homes isn’t going to single handedly solve it. New homes need to be sustainable, affordable and fit for purpose, and be built quickly – this is where offsite construction could have a huge role to play.”

Next up in the Buildpass “Guest Post Series”, we’re speaking to Ideal Modular Homes about the role of offsite construction in solving the housing crisis
Read the full article…

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