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What is a carbon neutral city and what does it mean for my home?

October 1, 2019

Carbon neutral cities

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


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


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 and what does it mean? We’re glad you asked. A SAP calculation stands for a Standard Assessment Procedure calculation. Or, inRead 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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