In late September, the Government made a significant policy shift regarding energy efficiency standards for rental properties. On September 20th, Rishi Sunak announced a departure from previously proposed regulations that would have compelled landlords to ensure the energy efficiency of their properties were at EPC rating ‘C’ or higher.
After the government announced that its air source heat pump scheme has missed its first-year target, we explore why this might be the case, including analysing whether heat pumps are a suitable replacement for gas boilers and even how flawed SAP methodologies might even lead to a worse EPC rating after installing a low-carbon heat pump.
Part F of the UK Building Regulations focuses on ventilation, which is an increasingly important aspect of building design and construction. It specifies the minimum standards required to provide adequate ventilation in a building, and is concerned with ensuring that sufficient air changes occur within the building to provide a healthy indoor environment.
When building, converting, or generally making improvements to a building, sound insulation is a consideration that cannot be overlooked. There are two main types of sound which are under scrutiny when it comes to construction and sound insulation, airborne sound and structure-borne (impact) sound. This article is designed to help you understand in greater detail what airborne sound is, what causes it, and how it can be reduced.
Post-pandemic Construction in the UK
As the UK economy, the war in Ukraine and Climate change continue to occupy the front pages, you could be forgiven for forgetting that less than 12 months ago the country was still battling the 2-year-long COVID-19 pandemic.
But, with the worst health crisis in living memory now in the rear-view mirror, just how well is the construction industry, specifically house-building, coping in picking up the pieces following the most turbulent of times?