Regulations and guidance

Confusion is rife about what Building Regulations require and what government guidance suggests. Hywel Davies explores the role of Approved Documents and the responsibility for satisfying requirements of the Building Regulations

The big reveal

Disclosure of energy performance is coming. Julie Godefroy says now is the time to get ahead of the curve and contribute to CIBSE energy benchmarks and showcase developments and existing buildings

Getting zero done, too!

With a new government settling in, and another Queen’s Speech to digest, Hywel Davies looks forward to the year(s) ahead

State of independence

Verification of product information is needed to ensure equipment delivers on makers’ performance claims, says Geyser Thermal Energy’s Lolli Olafsson

The fallacy of permitted development rights

While a raft of new policies have been announced, an existing one – PDRs – has led to failures in health, safety and sustainability, says Julie Godefroy

The policy clues

There has been a flurry of recommendations about the future for heating, cooling and energy efficiency in our buildings. Hywel Davies considers how they might influence the review of Parts L and F of the Building Regulations

Walk the talk

The government has legislated that the UK will be zero carbon by 2050 – so what is it doing to achieve this for its own estate and activities? Julie Godefroy explains

Building to perform

Pressure is growing to make our existing building stock much more energy efficient, to guard against overheating, and to deliver buildings that are safe and really work in daily use, as Hywel Davies explains

Fossil futures?

Headlines have focused on Extinction Rebellion protests, teenage activist Greta Thunberg and the UK’s drive to be zero carbon by 2050, but the growing global fossil-fuel market underlines the scale of the challenge, says Hywel Davies