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Ongoing Planning Success for Hounslow Projects

Posted on December 4th 2014

Detailed planning consent has been granted recently for the development by United House of Site B, New Heston Road in the London Borough of Hounslow. We were appointed by United House to prepare the Energy Statement, Sustainability Statement and Daylight & Sunlight Report for the detailed planning application submitted in August of this year. The scheme, which has been developed in …

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New BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit-out Scheme is Launched

Posted on December 4th 2014

The benefits of the new 2014 Refurbishment and Fit-out Scheme include a more flexible approach to the BREEAM assessment. This ensures that the assessment is tailored to the scope of the project. Credits Ene 03 (External lighting), Mat 01 (Life cycle impacts) and Wst 03 (Operational waste) appear more straightforward to achieve. Certain credits will be more difficult to achieve, …

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Christmas Tree Facts

Posted on December 4th 2014

An artificial tree has a carbon footprint twice that of a real tree. Crops of Christmas trees can be grown on “recycled” land. The Norway Spruce is the most popular species of Christmas tree in the UK. The cones of the tree are a favourite amongst red squirrels. A 4ft tree holds approximately 150,000 needles. Real trees carry mold spores …

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Sizing Radiators for Energy Efficient Homes

Posted on December 4th 2014

Recent work has shown that it may be possible to reduce radiator sizes by 35-50%, if heat losses are properly assessed and modern ventilation strategies fully considered. The development of energy efficient, increasingly airtight homes has reduced the heating demand of properties considerably. However, despite this evolution in sustainable buildings, radiators in new developments are still being specified to meet …

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New Overheating Guidance from GLA will have Substantial Impact on Building Design

Posted on December 4th 2014

The Greater London Authority (GLA) are about to release an updated version of their ‘Guidance on Preparing Energy Assessments’ which will include a specific requirement for dynamic thermal modelling at the detailed planning stage to quantify the risk of overheating under current and future climate scenarios. CIBSE guides TM52 (2013) and TM49 (2014) should be used for the analysis. Further …

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