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Forget bankruptcy - save the planet!

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Let me give you an interesting scenario.You have been commissioned for a job and the scheme develops quite nicely for a couple of months.

But then the project grinds to a frustrating halt due to lack of client resources; it stays uncertain for nine months until the project resurfaces with a really tight budget and a ridiculously quick programme.

You may have heard it before.We have all been there;

requested, for the good of the scheme, to work that little bit harder for just that little bit less money.

Unfortunately, there is now another factor which has been added to the equation.Now we have the requirements of Approved Document Part L to contend with.

Try telling your client that you will have to double the amount of insulation in the floor construction. Mention that he might, depending on his insurance, have to get a £2,000 thermal imaging confirmation of the completed building.

Explain to the contractor, who has held his tender price for a year that he will now be liable to strip out the building if the air tightness does not come up to scratch.

Explain to your accountant that you have to redraw all of your now worthless 'standard'details.

Someone in the Department of Transport and Local Regions must be killing themselves laughing.

Apparently, we should all bankrupt ourselves to save the planet.The government may enjoy campaigning for a better quality of life for the next generation, but what about giving this generation some time off to enjoy it too?

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