No need for delay: Part L analysis tools already available

There was an article in today's (Friday 16 July) edition of Building magazine reporting that the new Building Regulations Part L might be subject to a six-month delay. Read the article here (may require subscription/registration). Here's our response:

Buildings Regs software ready and available for housebuilders

Reports that the new version of Part L could be delayed by six months due to a hold-up with software are wide of the mark, says National Energy Services (NES).

NES launched its SAP 2009 Preview software in August 2009, allowing housebuilders to see the effects of the changes to Part L and SAP. The software is free to NES members and available to other organisations for a small fee. Since its launch nearly a year ago, the software has been kept up to date as the SAP specification has become finalised.  SAP 2009 Preview software, whilst not officially approved, is highly accurate and allows designers to model the latest changes.

NES has also held a series of briefing events around the country to inform the industry about the changes to Part L and SAP, as well as demonstrating how to meet the new TER targets and how to comply with the new Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard.

NES expects its official software NHER Plan Assessor to be updated with these changes and approved by the end of August. In the meantime, the availability of the SAP 2009 Preview software means housebuilders can be fully prepared for the changes.

Brian Scannell, Managing Director of NES, says:

"NES has played a significant role in ensuring that housebuilders have access to all the information and analysis software they need to prepare for the changes ahead of them. By releasing software and briefing assessors, we have given the industry a variety of tools with which to prepare.

"The new Part L is hugely important to reduce carbon emissions from new homes. Let’s not forget that the new regulations will also drastically reduce fuel bills for new homeowners, saving them cash in their pocket – particularly important in the present economic climate. It is therefore vitally important that Government and industry do everything in their power to ensure that the new regulations come into force this October."