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The BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 scheme was launched on 7th March 2018. The BRE will not be accepting BREEAM New Construction 2014 registrations from 23rd March 2018. Any scheme that is registered for BREEAM assessment post 23rd March 2018 will have to comply with the new 2018 technical requirements.

If you would like assistance in registering your project under the existing or the new technical standard, please let us know.

We can provide product information and support from concept design through to project completion for whichever BREEAM rating you need to build to.

If you have any questions on anything or there is anything that we can do to help you please contact us on info@celotexea.co.uk or call our helpful & friendly team on 0333 733 0850

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The term ‘London Plan‘ is popping up more and more in London construction but how well understood is it? In simple terms, the concept stems from the requirement and responsibility of three key stakeholders to the City of London; The Mayor of London, the 32 London Boroughs and The City of London Corporation. The London Plan itself looks at tackling economic, transport, social and environmental challenges such as climate change and its consequences. The aim is that a strong plan to overcome these challenges provides very real business benefits and opportunities as a result of becoming a world leader in these areas.

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Celotex Insulating Scotland Roadshow may have ended but its impact on the Scottish construction industry will last long after the insulation specialist’s pink campervan arrives home at the company HQ in Suffolk.

On 28th September, the campervan branded in Celotex pink and carrying a team of insulation specialists headed to Scotland to spread the word of products and services that can assist compliance to new Scottish Building Regulations. Throughout the two-week campaign, Celotex delivered a series of technical clinics at venues across the beautiful Scottish landscape and visited customers along the way. Check out the journey below….

Celotex in Scotland

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Sizing up Zero Carbon

With election time approaching there will be much concern about size. Size of the deficit. Size of the tax hike/cut. Size of the turnout. Size of the swing required in marginal seats. Size of a cow. OK. Perhaps not the last one. I just threw that in there because I quite liked the song and it talks about blowing up problems out of proportion which is quite fitting when it comes to Zero Carbon.

The proportions of the Zero Carbon policy are vast. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, the setting of Zero Carbon policy has been such a saga that it could come with a foreword by Tolkien. The size question has arisen because the idea of reducing carbon to zero is quite an attractive one. It looks good, sounds good and helps to save the planet. All great if, as a Government, you are trying to show how green you are and just how much you care about climate change targets. Read more »

Celotex ‘Beyond Part L 2013’ CPD

Don’t forget! Celotex has an online CPD available right now until the 3rd of April – ‘Beyond Part L 2013‘. The online module via Building.co.uk provides guidance on what to expect from the 2016 energy targets for new homes, and how to ensure compliance.

The article is accredited by the CPD Certification Service. To earn CPD credits, read the article and then click the link below to complete your details and answer the questions. You will receive your results instantly, and if all the questions are correctly answered, you will be able to download your CPD certificate straight away.

Background

Part L of the Building Regulations, which covers the conservation of fuel and power, last changed on 6 April 2014, reducing CO2 emissions from new-build houses by 6% and for other non-domestic buildings by 9%. Part L 2013 is a key regulatory tool in driving CO2 reduction in the built environment and has been used to map out a path to zero carbon houses by 2016.

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Zeroing in on Part L in 2015

The New Year is well and truly here and the visit from Santa (assuming you have all been good of course) is but a distant memory as 2015 stretches out in front of us.  So, what joys await the wonderful world of construction? Or more precisely, what regulatory challenges do we face?

Given that buildings account for 45% of the UK’s CO2 emissions, policy tweaks to tackle this challenge are never far away and 2015 is no exception with more work to do on Part L, The Conservation of Fuel and Power.

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The Quest to define Zero Carbon has been going on for so long that it wouldn’t surprise me if the final regulation comes with a foreword by Tolkien.

The twists and turns in the plot are worthy of Middle Earth. Although of the two tales, the quest to destroy The Ring is in my view, far easier. Why? Well, Mount Doom (the final destination for those of you not familiar with the Lord of the Rings) stayed put. Didn’t move. Just sat there and said “I’m here – do your worst”. OK, generally mountains aren’t very chatty but as the trees (Ents) strolled around talking anything is possible in Middle Earth.

Can we say the same for the final destination for Zero Carbon? Not really. The Target tends to move. Flits about at the whim of politicians. Hides behind terms like ‘Allowable Solutions’. Sometimes includes the carbon from white goods sometimes not. Generally it’s a pretty tough task to pin it down and only the really keen continue to fight the good fight, while most just give it up as a couple of buzzwords that don’t really matter much in the real world anyway.

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Acronyms here. Acronyms there. Acronyms pretty much everywhere. It seems like you never have to go far in the world before you stumble across a sequence of letters that seemingly make little sense without knowledge of the topic. Very often though, they are important and need to be understood fully in order to grasp and talk confidently about industry specifics. So, if you are in the construction industry, and someone is asking what’s your SAP? How good is your U-value? Or have you done a SBEM calculation? You will have a heads up on what some of those mean and their importance.

This month’s Celotex Technical Twitter Takeover looked to point you in the right direction giving you an insight in to some of the various different acronyms and key terms that are present in the construction industry. From R-values to BREEAM, this brief blog runs through some of those terms that you might not have discovered yet.

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There’s that famous quotation about lies and statistics and I’d be lying if I told you I knew who first said it, although give me enough guesses and statistically speaking I’d get it right, eventually.

That seems to be the trouble with ’stats’ – everyone knows they can be sneaky rascals and few trust them.  It’s a shame as some stats really tell a story and one such stat is as follows:

“Only 18% of the existing housing stock reaches A to C band”1

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