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Retrofit

‘Under the Sun’, a Victorian terrace house in Birmingham is an outstanding example of bringing a fairly typical old building up to PassivhausSee more on the Passivhaus standard. The PassivHaus Institute has pioneered a standard for low energy buildings. It includes very low energy usage and ways of achieving this. The word is derived […]

Regulations / standards

see also Building Regulations Approved Documents (England) 7 – Material and workmanship (England) B1 – Fire Safety C – Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture D – Toxic substances E – Resistance to the passage of sound F – Ventilation G – Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency H – Drainage and […]

Avoiding Pollution

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Composting toilets River Pollution Waste Recycling

Various types of pollution will occur at the three stages of a building’s life. The degree of pollution at each stage can be minimised by good design.

Construction

During construction there will be five main sources of pollution (including indirect CO2Carbon dioxide is a gas which is […]

Building Regulations

What are the regulations for?

See the English government web site on Building Regulations. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are listed below. Slowly an increasing number of details in the regulations are diverging between the countries.

Building Regulations deal with whether the building is built properly and is safe and energy efficient etc.

The Regulations […]