Nearly Zero Energy Building - NZEB
Recently James McKevitt & Adrian King attended CPDs on NZEB and Technical Guidance Document Part L which provided essential up-dates on the new regulations for the Conservation of Fuel and Energy in the design and construction of domestic and non-domestic buildings. James attended the seminar focusing on domestic buildings, and Adrian attended the seminar focusing on non-domestic buildings.
It is important for RIAI members, as leader of design teams, to fully understand the implications for the design of domestic and non-domestic buildings and to communicate the resultant design decisions to the other members of the design team. This interaction with other members of the design team is a two-way process, in particular the design of building services where it will be essential that they be integrated in the development of the design, and have a final influence on architectural design decisions.
There will be considerable complications for the RIAI Member if planning permission has been obtained for a design that is not in compliance with NZEB and Technical Guidance Part L. Without doubt a further planning application will be required to bring the design in compliance with these building regulations, with resultant delays and cost implications, before the building is brought to site. These CPDs reviewed the changes in legislation by exploring, through case studies, how the new standards affecting design decisions can be achieved.
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