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Model Designs extends its reach

21 January 2008 No Comment

Corus are always keeping on top of the issues faced by the building envelope and broader construction industries.  So, when Part L was changed Model Designs In Steelin 2006, we updated our general guidance on this subject and produced a Colorcoat® Technical Paper, “Creating and air-tight building envelope” which tackles one of the most significant aspects of energy waste in modern buildings.  We were also the first company to take up the government’s challenge in creating impartial advice on Part L2 under the Model Designs initiative.

The website www.modeldesignsinsteel.com, sponsored and supported by Corus and produced by the Steel Construction Institute, present a simple, logical explanation of the workings of the latest incarnation of Part L.  However, this website goes one step further – it actually gives worked examples of real buildings with full details of how to achieve compliance.  Over the last year, Corus and the SCI have continued to upgrade this website, including worked examples of more building types.  This now covers three case study buildings:

– a large industrial building with attached offices
– a small, multi-let light industrial or trade counter unit
– a retail warehouse.

Each of the buildings presents different challenges for achieving compliance and in the case of the retail warehouse, guidance is even given on incorporation of novel renewable energy technologies into the calculations.

Although the latest Part L regulations are nearly 2 years old now and we are already looking forward to the next revision in 2 years time, we are finding a continuing need from building designers for this kind of information and the modeldesignsinsteel.com website is seeing increasing use due to it’s ease of use and simple, logical advice.  With the inclusion of the third model design and the innovative use of renewable energy, this website is proving increasingly popular.

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