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Planning Consent for Phases 3 and 4 at Kidbrooke

Posted on January 24th 2012

Richard Hodkinson Consultancy have assisted Berkeley Homes achieve Planning Consent for Phases 3 and 4 at Kidbrooke Village from the London Borough of Greenwich. This follows previous appointments on the earlier consented phases for energy and Code assessments for some 1,500 dwellings. The Practice also developed the Masterplan Energy Strategy for the whole of Kidbrooke Village which formed a key …

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BREEAM Excellent – is it a step too far for smaller buildings?

Posted on January 20th 2012

With the release of BREEAM New Construction in July 2011 some common problems are emerging within the industry. Planning authorities are routinely asking for BREEAM Excellent but is this now too much for small developments to manage, before the release of BREEAM small buildings later this year. BREEAM Excellent is no easy task, especially now with the minimum mandatory energy requirements …

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Part L and community energy averaging

Posted on January 19th 2012

Building Regulations require that all dwellings connected to a district heating network are apportioned the same CO2 reduction. This has significant consequences for phased developments where phases are subject to differing planning or Building Regulations requirements. It is important to consider this issue early in the build program to ensure that sufficient provision for Energy Centre space is designed into …

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Product data and the water use calculator

Posted on January 17th 2012

With the introduction of the maximum internal water use set through Part G of the Building Regulations, manufacturers of bathroom products are finding ways of masking the actual water use or capacity of their products to ensure the limit of 125 litres per person per day is met. The water use calculator that has to be used for the Code …

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Achieving Code scores through the design programme

Posted on January 16th 2012

There are a number of potential pitfalls in the Code assessment process in securing the same score at the post construction stage to the design stage. Much of this evolves from the time frame between the two assessment stages, which on large projects can be several years. Maintaining the design stage assumptions through the build process, where several pressures on …

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BREEAM Communities in planning policy

Posted on January 13th 2012

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) launched BREEAM Communities in 2010. It sets out a range of criteria for establishing the sustainability of planning and development proposals. It goes beyond the traditional scope of BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes to extend into new areas such as business, community and place-making. Local authorities are starting to apply BREEAM Communities in planning …

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SAP 2012 Consultation

Posted on January 13th 2012

A consultation on the Government’s Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) for domestic energy use was released last week. Not yet available is the related and eagerly awaited CLG consultation on the Building Regulations Part L 2013. It is this second consultation that should contain details of the next big step-change in housing standards taking us towards zero carbon new homes. It …

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