Part L

Very quietly pushed out on 17th April 2012 (the only press I’ve seen which picked it up were Construction Enquirer – linked further down), a press release buried in the Masonry First website heralded the launch of a new report from ‘think tank’ The Futures Group “Building Better Homes for the Customer” (pdf, 16 pages). Their […]

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BREEAM, Part L and my digital life

by Mel Starrs on February 19, 2012

in BREEAM, Me, elsewhere, Part L

I feel like I’ve been blogging quite a lot lately, but then I realised most of what I’ve written has been pubished in magazines and on other websites. So a quick update is due. This blogpost on “Defending BREEAM (again)” led to BD asking if I’d write the pro side of the Debate piece “Should […]

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CIBSE Expert Zone – Building Regulations Part L 2010

by Mel Starrs on February 24, 2011

in Part L

I was recently approached by CIBSE EPG (energy performance group) to take part in their Expert Q&A on Building Regulations Part L 2010. I’m on a panel with Ian Orme and Ant Wilson and we’ve already answered over 10 questions. In this area of the website we provide regular access to experts in their field by […]

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Part L1A, SAP 2009 and the fabric first approach

by Mel Starrs on February 21, 2011

in Part L

I’m loving my job at the minute. The office has a huge volume of flats currently at roughly RIBA stage D for a PFI project we are looking at. I’m doing initial SAP work to inform the bid and it has given me the chance to poke about under the bonnet of SAP 2009, Part […]

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Electric Heating and Part L 2010

by Mel Starrs on October 22, 2010

in Part L

Below find extracts from an excellent article from BSRIA on the changes to Part L 2010 and NCM. I’ve had a bee in my bonnet with regards to electric heating for years (my article on the part L 2002 changes which was originally published in Nov 2002 Building Services Journal is now available in the archives […]

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I noted in this post : “A building which had an EPC of 40 under Part L 2006, gaining an Excellent under BREEAM 2008, does not automatically pass Part L 2010 “ At the time it wasn’t clear what the transitional arrangements were going to be with regards to Part L, especially given that EPC’s are […]

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Part L2A 2010 – worked case study

by Mel Starrs on August 24, 2010

in Part L

The following example is one which BRE used at the recent Part L 2010 workshop I attended a few weeks ago. At the time I was mildly amused by the fact that they’d given us the example, but hadn’t worked out a solution themselves. Having been through umpteen iterations, I can see why. I’m going […]

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Part L 2010 – getting there slowly

by Mel Starrs on May 26, 2010

in Part L

So Part L AD’s did finally get released. I figure most of the readers of my blog will have noticed this. I wanted to write a full review but unfortunately we are still twiddling our thumbs waiting for supporting documentation (this sound familiar at all, or am I getting (more) cynical and grumpy in my […]

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No sign of Part L and F AD’s yet…

by Mel Starrs on April 14, 2010

in Part L

So the election has been called for May 6th. Despite the statutory instrument being laid down before the election was called (to allow work to continue between now and the election and prevent purdah kicking in) things are still looking very quiet over at CLG. To alleviate the drumming of fingers on tables as we […]

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Part L 2010 Consultation – Final thoughts

by Mel Starrs on September 17, 2009

in Part L

Had I realised the 17th was not tomorrow, but today, I might have been able to construct a more considered piece. For completeness, here are some further rambling thoughts on the Part L 2010 consultation. Issues I wanted to look into further but ran out of time on included overheating, and a better understanding of […]

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