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Unique Features

This table will outline the unique features that the Foresite software has and compares them to other design software on the market

Design concept:

FeatureForesiteOthers
The software presents the user with typical details, technical internet links and best practice, allowing the designer to decide on what method of construction to use, performance level to build to and what fabric and fixed building materials and products to use. Yes No
The software is dynamic because it is online the Part L1A contributors will upload the latest technical information to our website immediately. Yes No

Setting up the design calculator

FeatureForesiteOthers
The set up section, ensures that the designer is presented with the appropriate typical details, technical links and best practice during the design process. Yes No
It ensures that the specific U value calculators are populated with the appropriate structural and insulation materials. Yes No
It also determines which typical details and psi values are used in our unique thermal bridge calculator used to calculate an individual y factor. Yes No

Input section of the design calculator

FeatureForesiteOthers
The software systematically takes the designer through the process of collating all the dimensions required for the SAP assessment. In a fool proof and standardised way. Yes No
The software systematically takes the designer through the process of collating all the dimensions required to calculate the y factor. In a fool proof and standardised way. Yes No

Fabric design and compliance with FEE.

FeatureForesiteOthers
The user has the option of designing the fabric to the 2013 regulations, The FEE standard or level 3 & 4 for the CSH or the extreme fabric or passive standard which is level 5 for the CSH. The user is presented with the appropriate typical details, technical data and best practice. Yes No
The user is presented with specific U value calculators populated with the appropriate insulation materials and the depth of insulation is automatically calculated by the software based on the performance chosen. Yes No
An individual thermal bridge calculation is automatically calculated by our thermal bridge calculator it determines the psi values when setting up and the dimensions from the input section. Yes No
The Fabric dimensions and decisions made are collated and the SAP 2012 proves if the fabric specification is complaint with the FEE performance chosen, if non-compliant the software advises on compliance. Yes No

Fixed building design and compliance with DER.

FeatureForesiteOthers
The software will only present the fixed building and low carbon technology most suited to the fabric performance chosen, this is very important in DER compliance. Yes No
The user is presented with the appropriate technical data and best practice. Yes No
The software has both a solar panel calculator that sizes the panels and a hot water tank calculator that sizes and works out the depth of insulation. Yes No
The fixed building decisions are collated by SAP 2012 and it proves if the fixed building specification is complaint with the DER performance chosen, if non-compliant the software advises on compliance. Yes No

SAP Assessment

FeatureForesiteOthers
The software will show compliance/non-compliance with both the TER and TFEE for the 2013 regulations. Yes Yes
It will also show compliance with the FEE standard and Extreme fabric and calculates the allowable solutions in line with the zero carbon target by 2019. Yes No
It advices on both DER and FEE compliance. Yes No

Tender/building control documents and drawings

FeatureForesiteOthers
A compliant list of fabric and fixed building. Yes Yes
A SAP assessment using approved software. Yes Yes
A list of U value calculations to BR 433, based on decisions made. Yes No
An individual y factor calculation to BR 497, based on decisions made. Yes No
Specific typical details and psi values, populated with the design specification for the floor wall and roof. Yes No

On-line building control system

FeatureForesiteOthers
The compliant design information typical details, technical data stored on a users administration page can be imported into and set the standard for the Foresite on-line quality control system for Part L1A. Yes No
It is an on-line inspection plan that keeps all the stakeholders informed including the building control body of what is happening on-site, by sending emails at critical times during the construction process. Yes No
The software generates customised fabric and fixed building compliance documents, that are downloaded and completed by the builder using a ID and password. These documents cannot be signed off by the builder unless the as constructed specification is equal to or better than the specification described on these compliance documents. Yes No
The signed off compliance documents are returned to the administrator who summaries them on-line. An email is sent to all the stakeholders informing them that the Part L1A specification is completed and that these documents should be used by the assessor to calculate the as constructed EPC. Yes No
The assessor calculates the as constructed EPC using the on-line documents and returns the EPC to the administrator who summaries it on-line. An final email is sent to the stakeholders informing them that the design and as constructed Part L1A specification and EPC can be viewed on line and that this information will be permanently locked down on the Foresite data base and and can be viewed by anybody using the project ID and Password. Yes No
All the registered stakeholders have been given project IDs and passwords and they can view both the design and as constructed information. It is self regulating because the stakeholders can contact the administrator to object to information posted on the website, if not rectified by the administrator they can contact the building control body who can legally enforce compliance. Yes No

If a dwelling has been designed using the Foresite system, Tender for using the Foresite documentation and drawings, and gone through the Foresite Building control system then compliance with the performance required will be guaranteed.

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