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.
Previously, it had always been a compromise as to which regulation is enforced when it comes to providing safe access to maintain equipment in a cold loft space with insulation of a depth that sits above joist level. The dilemma has been that
insulation needs to cover the joists but that if you cannot see the joists, you cannot see where to walk safely. Unfortunately, falls through or from lofts are all too common, with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents estimating over
1500 hospital admissions per year as a result.
The 2013 Part L Building Regulations in England specifically require cold bridging to be minimised, which means that installing a platform at joist level, or on raised timber battens, is no longer an option without amending the SAP score
for the roof space to account for the cold bridging through the wood. Furthermore, the 2015 Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations places a great emphasis on future safe maintenance, stating that “designers must consider their designs
and any potential risks which may affect those who may maintain or clean the building once it is built”. It had seemed impossible to meet both these regulations – until now, that is.
LoftZone StoreFloor is the only solution that does not require a compromise. The product forms an easy-to- fit safe structure for a storage and access deck above up to 350mm of insulation, without causing cold bridging. For U-values requiring
more than 350mm of conventional insulation, one layer of timber cross-battens can be laid to raise up the LoftZone supports, or insulation of a higher thermal resistance used. LoftZone StoreFloor has passed all required industry tests and is the
only raised loft floor system that is BBA certified
CPD on lofts
Members of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technicians can gain one hour’s Continuous Professional Development by viewing an online training course provided by LoftZone on the In-Use factors affecting the practical performance of loft insulation.
Click on the logo below to access the course.
Watch a short video about why squashed insulation is a major problem