Building
Regulations

There is an ever increasing need to reduce CO2 emissions across the world. Buildings are the largest contributor of emissions released into the atmosphere in the UK & Ireland. 

 

Building Regulations are a key method of enforcing stricter requirements.There are many drivers for the reduction of CO2 emissions in the UK & Ireland such as;

  • UK Low Carbon Transition Plan
  • Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD)
  • The Climate Change Act 2008
  • CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

Every industry has to play its part in helping to achieve these targets and the construction industry is perhaps one of the most important.

As a manufacturer of insulated panels Kingspan Insulated Panels provides customers with products to meet UK & Irish Building Regulations requirements.

Approved documents; Part L for England, Wales & Republic of Ireland, Section 6 (energy) of the Scottish Building Regulations and Part F2 for Northern Ireland, continue to review and enforce better U-Value requirements for building fabrics.

The Department of Building Control is responsible for ensuring buildings meet the standards imposed by the Building Regulations. Building Control requires a Building Regulation UK Part L (BRUKL) compliance certificate which clearly states the new structure’s Building Emission Rate (BER) is not greater than the Target Emission Rate (TER).

 

 

SBEM

These BRUKL certificates are generated by completing a Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) calculation which estimates the monthly energy consumption for space heating and cooling, water heating, ventilation and lighting. It also quantifies the total estimated CO2 emissions from a property measured in kg. CO2/m2/year.
Since the 7th April 2006 all new buildings require a SBEM calculation. We provide advice to help customers achieve a “Pass” in their SBEM calculation.

We consider factors such as:

  • Optimum panel thickness guidance for compliance
  • Rooflight layout and percentage (over-heating due to solar gain considered)
  • Guidance on actual air leakage required for compliance
  • Recommendations on renewables
  • The installation of more efficient building fabrics and building services and the use of renewable energy to reduce a building’s carbon footprint are becoming increasingly essential as Building Regulations continue to limit the allowable CO2 emissions from new buildings.  

For more information, please contact our technical team.

Rooflight Analysis

Rooflights such as those offered by Kingspan Insulated Panels, are a simple and cost effective way to reduce the energy consumed by lighting when installed on a building.

Daylight penetrating through rooflights compensates for lighting demands within the building.

When rooflights are installed, a reduced energy consumption in kWh from lighting can be achieved and hence a reduction in the building’s carbon footprint. Factories, warehouses, storage facilities etc are perfect for this.

For daylight analysis we recommend considering certain parameters such as the following;

  • Increased overall U-value on the roof, resulting in more heat escaping during cooler months creating a larger heating demand inside the building.
  • Solar gain from rooflights may increase during warmer months and therefore increase energy used to cool the building (if the building is mechanically cooled).
  • Heat gains from light fittings are reduced when daylight is contributed from rooflights. This affects both heating and cooling inside the building.

Daylighting is essential for healthy living, it is an established fact that ample daylight improves the general feeling of health and well-being of a workforce and improves productivity and safety.

Daylight solutions from Kingspan are part of the Envelopefirst strategy to work towards net-zero energy consumers.
 

 

 

 

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