Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Climate Change Projections and Measuring Overheating Risk

Posted on November 6th 2014

Last week, as part of a major planning application, we received a request from the Greater London Authority (GLA) asking for dynamic overheating analysis to be undertaken on a major new residential led development using not only the current CIBSE Design Summer Year weather data, but also the recently released future climate change weather data. The GLA assessment criterion refers …

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Cold Bridging and Building Details

Posted on November 5th 2014

The implications of poor building details extend beyond increased heat loss and associated compliance with Part L CO2 and fabric energy efficiency (FEE) standards. Where the internal surface temperature around a building detail (such as a lintel or sill) is excessively low, the risk of surface condensation is increased. This can damage surfaces and lead to mould growth which is …

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Achieving BREEAM Excellent for Shell Only Buildings

Posted on November 5th 2014

The mandatory requirement under Ene 01 for achievement of a BREEAM 2014 Excellent rating is now 5 credits (out of a possible 12). This is compared to 6 credits (out of a possible 15) and a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions under BREEAM 2011. Achieving these credits is very challenging for any BREEAM assessment. Our research has found that achievement …

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