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Part L doors

Part L Doors

In the pursuit of energy-efficient building designs, a key element often overlooked is the choice of doors.

The United Kingdom's Building Regulations, particularly Part L, have set standards to address this.

Known as Part L doors, these specialised doors play a crucial role in conserving fuel and power in buildings.

Part L doors are engineered to meet these stringent requirements, ensuring minimal heat loss and improved energy efficiency.

Key features of Part L doors

Part L doors typically feature insulated cores that significantly reduce heat transfer. This insulation is often made from materials like foam or fibreglass, offering excellent thermal resistance.

To prevent air leakage, Part L doors are equipped with high-quality weather stripping. This seals the gaps between the door and its frame, further minimising heat loss.

If the doors include glass panels, they are usually double or triple glazed. This additional glazing creates an insulating barrier that reduces heat transfer and improves energy efficiency.

These doors are designed to be durable and withstand the elements while maintaining their thermal efficiency properties over time.

The Impact of Part L Doors in Construction

By reducing heat loss, these doors contribute significantly to the energy efficiency of a building, leading to lower heating costs and reduced carbon footprint.

Installing Part L doors helps builders and homeowners comply with the UK Building Regulations, avoiding potential legal and financial repercussions.

Part L compliant doors are a part of the broader movement towards sustainable and eco-friendly building practices.

They also contribute to a more consistent indoor temperature, enhancing comfort for occupants.

Calculating the U-value of a door

The U-value of a door is calculated based on its materials and construction. This includes the door panel, frame, and any glazing. The U-value is calculated by considering the thermal conductivities of these materials and the door's overall structure.

The size of the door and the quality of its installation, including sealing and framing, can affect its thermal performance. If the door has glazed parts, the type of glazing (double or triple) and the presence of low-e coatings or inert gas fills between panes will influence the overall U-value.

Steps for Calculation

  1. Identify Materials: List the materials used in the door's construction, including the core material, frame, and any glazing.
  2. Determine Thermal Resistance: This is calculated by adding the resistance values of each layer in the door, including air spaces. R-value is expressed in square meters per watt per degree Celsius (m²°C/W). Calculate the R-value for each layer (insulation, wood, glass, air gaps) and add these together to get the total thermal resistance.
  3. Calculate U-value: Use the formula U = 1 / R to get the U-value.
  4. Adjust for Thermal Bridging and Air Permeability: Factor in any additional heat loss due to these aspects.

Ensure you document your Part L door compliance

Once you've calculated your U-values, ensure you've documented the process of calculating the thermal resistance and any other adjustments.

During and after installing the door, document how the doors were installed, focusing on aspects that affect thermal performance (e.g., sealing, framing). Record the qualifications and credentials of the professionals who installed the doors.

If applicable, include results from air tightness tests. Include any certifications or endorsements the doors have received related to their energy efficiency.

Clearly outline how the doors meet the specific criteria set forth in Part L of the Building Regulations. If needed, provide a comparative analysis showing the performance of the installed doors against the minimum standards required by Part L.

Use Photographic Evidence to show Part L compliance, including photos of the doors post-installation, showing key features related to energy efficiency. Document any energy efficiency labelling or markings present on the doors.

See how you can use Part L Photographic Evidence to show Part L compliance in the example below.

Part L Photographic Evidence

Show Part L door compliance using this Part L Photographic Evidence template

Create a digital Photographic Evidence report so your team can quickly capture details on site

Use this pre-built Part L Photographic Evidence template and share to your team so they can fill out standardised Part L documentation to stay compliant.

Add photo markup to photos taken to highlight any important details about U-value calculation, defects or non-conformance.

Attach your designs to the report to show how the construction photos match the specific designs.

If you need any extra information captured, such as air tightness, thermal resistance or any other Part L details, you can customise the form with the drag and drop form builder to add any extra fields or sections you need.

Maintain Part L compliance by using digital processes to keep track of planned and completed reports

It can be easy for your team to miss when they're meant to be checking Part L compliance or capturing Photographic Evidence of work done to match the design.

It can be really costly to have to re-do work because Photographic Evidence wasn't captured.

Use this Part L Photographic Evidence app to plan, record and sign off on Part L compliance, with notifications to the team/correct person when it's moved to the next step of the workflow.

View completed reports chronologically in the Timeline view, or a more detailed spreadsheet view in Register view, so you always know what's been done to reduce double handling.

Share completed Part L Photographic Evidence reports quickly and easily as PDF or CSV to external auditors.

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Über Nick Chernih

Nick is the Senior Marketing Manager at Sitemate. He wants more people in the Built World to see the potential of doing things a different way - just because things are done one way doesn't mean it's the best way for you.

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