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  • Designer's Handbook
    December 2016
    This handbook sets out the key design requirements for delivering comfortable, healthy, low energy homes that perform as intended.
  • Builders Book
    July 2016
    This is a good craftsmanship guide that highlights key construction details when building a new home, and good practice for delivering them.
  • Cost Efficiency Guide
    July 2016
    This guide will help SME builders and developers cost effectively design and build highly efficient homes that meet or exceed minimum standards and deliver real savings in practice for occupants.
  • Services Guide
    March 2016
    This offers good practice guidance aimed at improving the standard of building services in new homes. Focused on the major problems around design and installation of services that affect comfort, indoor air quality and energy performance.
  • Ventilation in New Homes
    March 2016
    The findings from an investigation into how effectively mechanical ventilation systems are designed, installed, commissioned and handed over to occupants. Includes recommendations for improved practice.
  • SAP Untangled
    March 2016
    This provides a basic introduction to the SAP assessment process and the information required by the assessor and Building Control in order to achieve compliance with certain aspects of Building Regulations Part L1A 2013 (England).
  • Drivers of Change
    March 2016
    This leaflet sets out some of the patterns, statistics and projections relevant to the future extent of Overheating in homes.
  • Solutions to Overheating in Homes
    March 2016
    This leaflet highlights some of the many technical and behavioural solutions which can be used to avoid or reduce overheating in homes without automatically resorting to energy-using cooling systems.
  • Defining Overheating
    March 2016
    This leaflet provides an introduction to the range of overheating definitions and thresholds in use in the Housing sector and also by health professionals.
  • Assessing Overheating Risk
    March 2016
    This leaflet introduces the variety of methods being used by Housing Providers and Building Professionals to assess overheating risk, including SAP Appendix P, dynamic thermal simulation and the Passive House Planning Package.
  • Overheating Risk Mapping
    March 2016
    This leaflet introduces current overheating in buildings research and risk mapping methods, including outcomes presented at a city or regional level, and a national level.
  • Impacts of Overheating in Homes
    March 2016
    This leaflet highlights and summarises some of the key impacts of overheating in homes for Housing Providers and Building Professionals.
  • Thermal Bridging Guide
    February 2016
    This is an introductory guide to thermal bridging in homes. It demonstrates key construction details in new build housing and gives examples of ways to reduce heat loss through the design of construction details.
  • Performance Gap - End of Term Report
    July 2014
    This report provides potential solutions to the priority issues identified in the Evidence Review Report and gives a set of recommendations for industry and government to help close the Performance Gap in new homes.
  • Performance Gap - Evidence Review Report
    March 2014
    This report sets out the evidence that a gap exists in the designed and as-built energy performance of new homes, and identifies priority issues to address.