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When in doubt under Part L, will the architect be lumbered?

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It was interesting to read the overview of the DETR's proposals for Part L of the Building Regulations ('L for low heat losses', AJ 3/5/01). The government has strung out the process, has kept the industry guessing and now has the cheek to present the information in as awkward a manner as possible, by not giving a clear and concise explanation of the differences between the new and old documents.

However, I was interested in the comments that although there is a requirement to supply a welter of details of the installed building services plant and controls within the Health and Safety File, 'there is no party designated with the responsibility for carrying out this work'.

Are we meant automatically to assume responsibility for this task? I can just imagine trying to explain this inconsistency in the regulations to a client. I don't think he'd see the ironic failings of the DETR and would simply insist that I got on with it. Is there anyone trying to clarify this situation out there, or is it just the usual acceptance that, when in doubt, the architect will do it?

Robert Jacobs, Greater Manchester

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