The following regulations apply to the loft space:
- Building regulations requires safe access to equipment in the loft space
- Part L requires deep insulation
- Part P requires cables and services to be raised above the insulation
- Loftzone is the only one solution for all of these regulations.
Safe Access for Maintenance.
Many traditional commercial buildings have cold lofts and these form a challenge to bring up to modern requirements during refurbishment work. Until now, it has been impossible for architects, specifiers and builders to meet the requirements of conflicting regulations that require low U-values in the loft (Part L), minimal cold bridging (also Part L) and safe maintenance access to equipment in the loft (2005 Working at Heights Regulations and CDM 2015) .
A typical safety solution in the past was to build a safe access platform directly on to the joists, or to raise it up with 100mm of timber. However both of these mean that the insulation benefit is compromised and, moreover, using raised timber causes a cold bridge which reduces the SAP score for the loft.
LoftZone StoreFloor is the only solution to all of these requirements and is the easiest and fastest way to install a raised deck above the insulation, keeping it at its full depth so it can work properly, whilst allowing safe access without the cold bridging which occurs when the platform is raised with timber.
For the first time therefore, a product can now be specified that offers total compliance rather than just partial compliance.
According to Part P of the 2013 English Building Regulations, electrical cables must not be covered in insulation. When the regulation in Part P is enforced cables must not be covered in insulation and they must be securely clipped. Moreover, pipework also needs to be accessible for maintenance purposes. With our next generation of StoreFloor, it will be even easier to provide for raised services, with a more flexible cable and pipework management system.
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