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    Anyone know more about the impact of the new Building Regs Part Q on procurement?

    I found a good general guide to the changes here: http://www.ribaj.com/intelligence/the-2015-changes-to-building-regulations-england and most of them seem like a good idea so not too worried.

    The thought struck me though that if Part Q requires doors and windows to be PAS 24:2012 certified, that might make implementing Passivhaus windows made abroad harder to achieve. Anecdotally I'm aware that these can sometimes be better quality than our domestic options as they're ahead of the curve.

    Looking at the Secured by Design list (http://www.securedbydesign.com/members/), most of the bigger players seem to be on there, presumably because of the Code for Sustainable Homes requirement, but I wondered if anyone had any thoughts on the proposed changes?

    Any benefit to registering a build now ahead of the Oct 1st deadline?


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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2015
     
    While Scotland, Wales, and very strongly Ireland are rapidly uprating building Regs, England incl N Ireland are the laggards of Europe. Why do they want little England to remain in the club - why not tell us to float away and join the other bigger Stupids - America Canada and Aus?
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2015
     
    "Accessible doors and window must be physically robust and fitted with secure hardware"

    Does that mean there's no need to secure doors that can only be accessed via steps, especially if there's no handrail on the steps? :devil::rolling::rolling:
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