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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…

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…

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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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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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 Assessment 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…

“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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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…

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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