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NHBC launches Part F 2010 guide

NHBC Foundation, in collaboration with the Zero Carbon Hub, has launched Part F 2010 – where to start: an introduction for house builders and designers.

The guide is designed to help house builders and designers understand the October 2010 edition of Approved Document F, commonly known as Part F 2010.

The 2010 edition of Approved Document F sets out the various strategies that should, if executed correctly, ensure robust ventilation regardless of the level of fabric airtightness.  As with previous versions of Part F, its focus is ventilation for providing fresh air for health and wellbeing, odour control, airborne pollutants and excess humidity.

The NHBC Foundation guide follows a similar format to Part L 2010 – where to start: an introduction for house builders and designers, by examining the implications of the changes to the regulations and is a starting point for design and specification of new homes. 

Outlining the four system types that can provide ventilation, and with examples of typical house and apartment types, the guide presents options from which the designer and house builder can explore the most effective solutions for their new homes.

The guide outlines the key changes from Approved Document F 2006, and documents additional guidance in Part F 2010 for builders and designers. 

It concludes with concerns around installation, and notes the challenge for the industry to develop education and training to ensure adequate ventilation performance.

Neil Smith, Group Research and Innovation Manager, at NHBC commented: “Good ventilation is essential in all homes for health, comfort and to minimise condensation and mould growth. 

“As new homes become more energy efficient and are constructed to achieve higher levels of airtightness these issues come to the fore.

“This guide, written for the NHBC Foundation by Richards Partington Architects, unravels Approved Document F and explains simply and clearly the choices designers and builders have when complying with the latest requirements.

“NHBC Foundation received an exceptional response to the Part L guide back in March, and we hope this sister publication exploring this part of the updated Building Regulations will be just as informative, and just as popular.”