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Who benefits from the system?

All the stakeholders benefit from this system, it is cost effective and fits into the existing system.

Certifier of design:

The designer can now with confidence design a compliant Part L1A specificationvery cost affectively and the design is backed with typical details, technical data from suppliers, U value and y factor calculations and a SAP calculation that proves compliance.

Approved certifier of construction:

The approved certifier of construction can import the compliant design information from their administration page into the Foresite building control system, they can administer the building control system when registering the dwelling at building notice stage.

Approved verifier:

The approved verifier will be sent an email with a project ID and passport giving them read only access to both the design and as constructed Part L1A specification for a particular project in the Foresite building control system, allowing them to download this information and check it onsite.

There is also a self-regulating aspect to the online building control system because the administrator keeps all the stakeholders informed of what is happening on site with Part L1A by sending emails through the building control system, giving all the stakeholders a chance to check the Part L1A specification on site.

The builder:

The builder is given clear direction at tender stage with the Tender/Building Control Documents and Drawings. The builder will make allowance when pricing the project for the fact that he needs to take on the responsibility of constructing and providing proof of compliance by downloading and completing the customised compliance documents from the building control system.

The energy assessor:

The energy assessor can use the Tender/Building Control Documents and Drawings and their version of SAP to calculate the official as designed energy rating. They can also use their project ID and password to view online the as constructed documentation and use their version of SAP to calculate the official as constructed energy rating.

Scheme provider/Approved organisation:

can use the system to audit their members they will be sent an email with a project ID and password allowing them to electronically audit each of their members projects.

The home owner:

The Foresite design and building control process is a quality control system, the fact that the building has been designed using this system and has gone through the Foresite building control system will add value to the owner’s property.

Because the system encourages designers to build to the 2016 regulations, although there will be an initial extra cost to the promoter this will be saved in the long run because the dwelling will be future-proofed against the inevitable increase in energy costs.

Material and fixed building suppliers:

Part L1A suppliers have an opportunity to present technical data on their products, this information can be downloaded and used as part of the tender documents by the designer at planning/tender stage.

The technical data for the materials for a particular project will be presented to the builder who is purchasing the material and can be viewed by the builder using their project ID and password in the online Foresite building control system. These suppliers through this system will very quickly be able to make the stakeholders aware of innovative new products for Part F.

Building Standards Department Scotland:

There is an EU directive that states that all new domestic builds need to be Zero carbon by 2016, this can only happen if designers have access to the tools required to design compliant Part L1A specifications to the FEE Standard. The designers need to be able to give clear direction to the builder with proper tender documents and typical detail drawings at planning/tender stage.

During construction, standardised proof of compliance for each element of the Part L1A specification is required and this information needs to be made available to all the stakeholders so that the energy assessor can prove using their version of SAP that the as constructed specification is equal to or better than the compliant as designed specification.


As can be seen all the stakeholders can benefit from this system and because they are all given clear direction the system will help deliver 100% compliance with zero carbon by 2016 for new domestic dwellings. There will be very little if any extra cost in the design and supervision of Part F, there will be extra cost in materials and the workmanship required to achieve zero carbon by 2016 but this will be offset against the savings that will be made by future proofing the dwelling against the evitable increase in energy costs.

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