What is Part L compliance?
Part L Compliance refers to the UK building regulations that set standards for the energy efficiency of buildings. Part L of the Building Regulations is concerned with the conservation of fuel and power in new and existing buildings.
The regulations require that all new buildings and major renovations meet specific energy efficiency standards. This includes requirements for insulation, heating systems, lighting, and ventilation. Compliance with Part L is necessary for building control approval, and failure to comply can result in fines or other penalties.
In addition to the minimum standards set out in Part L, there are also more stringent requirements for certain types of buildings, such as those that are designed for high energy use, or those that are intended to be highly energy-efficient, such as Passivhaus buildings.
To learn more, read our article about Part L Compliance.
What is a BREL report?
The Buildings Regulations England Part L (BREL) report is a document required to prove that a new building or major renovation project complies with the energy efficiency standards set out in Part L of the Building Regulations in England. PlanRadar users can benefit from the platform’s flexibility throughout the building process to assist with Part L compliance.
What are Part L photographic requirements?
Prior to commencing construction, the developer must sign the as-built BREL report to ensure that the designs comply with the requirements.
During the construction of the building, photographic evidence must be compiled to demonstrate the compliance with regulations.
Each photo should be unique to the property, with one picture per detail unless an additional close-up view is required. Furthermore, these images must be geo-located, meaning they should be tagged with the precise location, date, and time at which they were taken.
This establishes a clear connection between each photo and a specific physical object in a verified location, providing information on who took the picture and when.
Can I use PlanRadar to build my own Plan L reports?
Yes. PlanRadar provides users with a few pre-built forms, such as a basic Plan L form, but many customers prefer to create their own tailored versions. This allows them to transfer their existing paper forms to the platform. The advantage of this is that users are already familiar with each field and the order in which they appear.
Digital forms offer several advantages over paper forms, such as the ability to incorporate drop-down menus that display a list of commonly used options, saving time and ensuring consistent data.
Moreover, after completing a digital Plan L form, users can generate a bespoke report template. This report can include your company’s logo, project details, a cover page, a conclusion page, and the information from the tickets created, including images.
Does PlanRadar’s Plan L software comply with UK industry standards?
PlanRadar is used by leading construction companies and developers in the UK and Europe, including British Land, Morgan Sindall, and IFC Group. We are constantly in contact with our clients, using their expertise to improve our software so that it can meet their requirements. We also keep a firm eye on developments in building regulations, both in the UK and abroad. PlanRadar works hard to make sure that our customers’ data is kept safe. Our product complies with ISO 27001 for information security management.
Can PlanRadar be integrated with other software solutions?
Yes, PlanRadar can be integrated with numerous other software solutions, including construction software, facilities management software, and more. We offer our customers an open API, so if there’s a specific integration that you’re looking for, we can usually find a solution to achieve what you need. For plan management and document sharing, PlanRadar also integrates with Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.
Is there a free trial of PlanRadar’s fire safety software?
Yes! PlanRadar offers all potential customers a 30-day free trial so that they can test our fire safety software in action. During your free trial, you can also request a free consultation, so our dedicated team can show you how you can get the best out of PlanRadar.
Does PlanRadar have an office in the UK?
Yes, our office is located at 24/25 The Shard, Office 25.05, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG. Feel free to reach out to us via our website or contact us by phone to make an appointment on +44 20 396 629 06. Our team will be happy to show you how PlanRadar can work for fire engineers or QHSE professionals.