TRADA highlights regs changes in May

Published:  28 April, 2009

HIGH WYCOMBE: TRADA, the Timber Research and Development Association, will stage a series of seminarshighlighting the impact changes to regulations, codes and standards may have on construction companies and timber suppliers.

Regulations consultant Rupert Scott said: "Changes to Building Regulations and codes are dramatically changing the market for construction products and materials. We have identified that providing concise information and commentary is key to helping our members harness and address the threats and opportunities."

The seminars will cover four topical issues:

Part L - a first draft of the revised 2010 Building Regulations approved document on energy consumption should be available by April 2009 and requirements are set to increase significantly. A new version of SAP, the software package used to measure and set performance requirements for homes, is also planned.

Flooding - a large proportion of future housing is planned for areas of the country which are at some risk of flooding. Timber and timber frame need to be ready with a clear strategy and design guidance.

'Zero Carbon' definition - this has become pivotal to many government policies, although the definition has remained elusive. Suggestions are out for consultation and the final outcome will determine the design of future buildings. Responsible sourcing -TRADA has worked to ensure that common sense prevails in the creation of new standards to assess the 'responsible sourcing' characteristics of all construction materials, including timber.

The one-day events run from 2.30pm at Manchester, The Lowry Centre, Tuesday 12 May; London, Royal Statistical Society, Wednesday 13 May; Bristol, Holiday Inn Bristol Airport Thursday 21 May; Grangemouth, Grange Manor Hotel, Tuesday 2 June and High Wycombe, TRADA headquarters Wednesday 17 June.

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