Construction software supplier Zutec has developed a customisable solution to help those in housebuilding comply with Part L. It enables geo-located photos to be captured, correctly labelled, centrally stored and traced back to a property before being submitted to the assessor for sign off.
From 15 June 2022, Part L of the Building Regulations will require housebuilders and developers in England and Wales to provide qualitative photographic evidence that demonstrates that new homes produce 31% less CO2 emissions compared with the current requirements.
Emily Hopson-Hill, chief operating officer at Zutec, said: “From speaking to our customers, one challenge they have as Part L 2021 comes into play is having one tool or app that works on site from any device, whether or not there is a wifi or data connection available, that allows them to take and record geo-located photographic evidence of a new home’s insulation or installation, to demonstrate compliance to Part L 2021.
She added: “Zutec provides the functionality for those photos to be marked up, complemented with supporting documentation, stored centrally within the platform, traced back to a location and property, and easily shared with team members, inspectors or assessors during the build stage via customisable workflows.
Once the standard assessment procedure assessor has reviewed evidence it can be approved or returned with feedback, she said, so if work is not up to standard, it can be remediated before the build completes. “This speeds up the process, ahead of the energy performance certificate and the Building Regulations England Part L report being released and avoids retrofitting new homes, which is timely and costly.”
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