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How PlanRadar Can Help Housebuilders With Part L Compliance

20.06.2023 | 6 min read

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In an era where environmental consciousness is no longer a choice, but a necessity, housebuilders hold the power to shape a sustainable future.

Part L building regulations are now in place to help make this a reality, by demanding that builders optimise insulation, reduce heat loss, and incorporate renewable energy sources.

Why? Because the energy consumed by buildings for heating and power accounts for a substantial 40% of the total energy usage in the UK. This doesn’t align with UK’s climate change ambitions.

The question for housebuilders is this: how can housebuilders navigate the complex landscape of Part L compliance seamlessly?

That’s where PlanRadar, a revolutionary construction management platform, steps in. With its innovative features and streamlined workflows, PlanRadar empowers housebuilders to not only meet but exceed Part L compliance standards, transforming their projects into beacons of sustainability. 

This article will explore the importance of Part L compliance for housebuilders, delve into the specific requirements, and discover how PlanRadar’s cutting-edge platform empowers housebuilders to meet these standards effortlessly.

What Are Part L Building Regulations?

Part L of the Building Regulations is a set of requirements that all new and existing buildings in England & Wales must meet to become more energy efficient. The most recent update was in June 2023, intending to reduce carbon emissions by 31% by 2030.

Part L applies to all new buildings, including houses, flats, offices, and schools. The regulations cover a range of issues, including:

· The insulation of walls, floors, and roofs

· The airtightness of buildings

· The efficiency of heating and ventilation systems

· The use of renewable energy sources

PlanRadar, a construction management platform, aids housebuilders in achieving Part L compliance. It facilitates energy efficiency assessments, material selection, and construction monitoring to identify areas for improvement, ensure compliance, and avoid costly delays. Utilising PlanRadar can help enhance energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and save money for housebuilders in the long term.

Why Housebuilders Are So Affected by Part L

Housebuilders are the group most affected by Part L, as they are responsible for the construction of the majority of new homes in the UK. The new regulations mean that housebuilders will need to make significant changes to how they build homes to meet the required energy efficiency standards.

The UK Building Regulations require housebuilders and developers to submit photographic evidence and geotagged locations with date and time-stamped meta-data. It should demonstrate that all new homes will produce 31% fewer carbon emissions. 

The new regulations will lead to higher costs for housebuilders. This is because they will need to use more expensive materials and construction methods to meet the required energy efficiency standards. However, the long-term benefits of meeting Part L will outweigh the short-term costs.

Photographic and GPS Evidence In Part L

One of the challenging changes that have been introduced with Part L are the need for photographic and GPS evidence of installation throughout the construction process. This challenge really comes in two parts:

1. Capturing photographic evidence with GPS location

2. Managing the storage and sharing of such data with multiple shareholders

As a housebuilder, you’ll need advanced cameras or smartphones with GPS capabilities, as well as software or applications that can accurately tag and store the location data. Each of these images must be geotagged, containing accurate information about the specific location, date, and time of capture for each photo.

Additionally, these photographs may require additional measures for data storage and security. You’ll either have to invest in cloud storage or local storage — both will require an upfront investment.

The cost to train, collaborate, and communicate with all stakeholders involved on the documentation requirements and the proper use of technology for capturing and managing photographic evidence should also be factored in.

Luckily, there is a solution that can take care of all of this for you…

How PlanRadar Helps You To Be Part L Compliant (And Reduce Costs)

PlanRadar is a construction management platform that can help housebuilders to meet Part L compliance. 

Here are 5 ways housebuilders can use it to achieve Part L compliance. This can help them to reduce their carbon emissions, save money, and improve the quality of their homes. 

1. Part L compliance data is pinned on your digital plans.

PlanRadar lets housebuilders pin Part L compliance data directly on their digital plans. This makes it easy to see at a glance which areas of the home meet the required energy efficiency standards and which areas need improvement.

2. Select pre-built question sets for all stages of Part L compliance.

PlanRadar provides several pre-built question sets that can be used to assess Part L compliance at all stages of the construction process. 

This can help housebuilders identify potential issues early on and ensure that the home meets the required energy efficiency standards at the end of the construction process.

3. Take photos as required directly in PlanRadar mobile app; geotagged information populates in the photo.

PlanRadar allows housebuilders to take photos of the construction process directly from the mobile app. 

This is a great way to document the build’s progress and capture any important details that may be needed for future reference. The geotagged information that populates the photo can also help track the build’s progress and identify any potential issues.

4. Prepare reports in seconds for internal QA reviewers to send to the SAP assessor; no post-site reporting is required.

PlanRadar makes preparing reports for internal QA review and submission to SAP assessors easy. This can save housebuilders significant time and effort and help ensure that the home meets the required energy efficiency standards.

5. Maintain a tamper-proof digital audit trail to build BREL reports.

PlanRadar maintains a tamper-proof digital audit trail of all activity on the project. This can be helpful for tracking the progress of the build, identifying any potential issues, and building BREL reports.

Become Part L Compliant TODAY!

Part L compliance is crucial for housebuilders to meet the demand for energy-efficient homes. Adhering to these regulations reduces carbon emissions and promotes sustainable construction. Embracing Part L compliance demonstrates environmental responsibility and offers long-term benefits to homeowners. It is an opportunity for housebuilders to contribute to a greener future and exceed customer expectations. 

By utilising solutions like PlanRadar, housebuilders can streamline compliance and create environmentally friendly homes. PlanRadar’s features enable efficient workflows, ensuring adherence to energy efficiency standards. 

Take advantage of PlanRadar’s innovative features and optimise your construction projects for energy efficiency. Visit PlanRadar’s website today to learn more about how it can help you achieve Part L compliance and contribute to a greener future.

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