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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 […]

Getting started

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As soon as you have got planning permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. (not to be confused with Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, […]

Health and Safety

If you are having construction work done on your own home, (e.g. a self build project) or on the home of a family member, as a domestic client you do not have to notify the work to Health and Safety Executive and you will not have duties under Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 – […]

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 […]