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Choosing a Method of Construction

The revision of the building regulations will require compliance with building regulations to be more reliant on the fabric of the building with an emphasis on thermal bridging, continuity of insulation and air tightness. It is important that the designer choses a method of construction and typical details because these decisions affect the calculation of the thermal bridge and U value, it is also important that the designer choses the level of performance that they require before starting the design process.

  • Construction Details: This section of the system provides the designer with a library of forty typical details for each of the three methods of construction in the technical guidance documents. The designer choses a method of construction and they can view these details.
  • Best Practice: This section of the system provides the designer with technical information on which Insulation material suites the method of construction chosen based on the fabric first approach. The designer choses a method of construction and they can view this technical information.
  • Cost to build: This section of the system gives the designer an idea of how much it would cost to build to the FEE standard and Zero carbon building regulations over and above the cost to build to the 2010 regulations. The designer choses a method of construction and they can view the cost of future proofing a dwelling.

It is important that the designer studies this section of the system before starting the design process because the software will need to know what method of construction is to be used, what typical details are to be used, what insulation materials are to be used and how it is to be insulated, the software will also ask to what level of performance the dwelling is to be design too.

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