Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Hodkinson Consultancy Christmas Quiz

Posted on December 15th 2015

The winner of our quiz will be able to nominate a charity to receive a £500 donation from us. Approximately how much Christmas wrapping paper is used in the UK each Christmas? a) 43 km b) 63 km2 c) 83 km2   How many LEDs have been used to light up Oxford Street for Christmas this year? a) 235,000 b) …

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Air Pressure Test Lodgements Add Certainty to Results

Posted on November 6th 2015

On 1st September 2015, the Air Tightness Testing and Measurement Association (ATTMA) introduced a mandatory lodgement process for all air pressure test data issued by ATTMA members. It is intended to ensure the quality of tests and avoid costly challenges to their validity by Building Control after the generation of Part L Compliance Checklists, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and CML.  Lodgement …

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Part Q and Secured by Design (SBD)

Posted on November 6th 2015

The recent launch of the Part Q Approved Document: Security – Dwellings on 1 October has, for the first time, introduced regulatory standards for preventing unauthorised access to dwellings. As per our article earlier this year, Part Q is essentially concerned with the security of doors and windows. The requirements of SBD Section 1 (development layout and design), elements of Section …

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BREEAM: Consider it Early

Posted on November 6th 2015

All versions of BREEAM include a significant number of ‘easy win’ time-dependent credits, which if not considered during an early RIBA design stage cannot later be awarded as part of the assessment. The early appointment of a BREEAM assessor is therefore crucial to a successful BREEAM assessment, particularly where the higher ratings are targeted. To achieve the desired BREEAM rating …

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Setting the Temperature of District Heating Networks

Posted on November 6th 2015

The selection and achievement of appropriate operating temperatures for district heating networks is a key issue which can:- Reduce capital costs Reduce heat losses Reduce corridor overheating Lower consumer heat bills Good design, installation and commissioning can achieve all of these when the correct flow and return temperatures are adapted. It is our recommendation that the following temperatures are specified …

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London Plan Compliance Without Renewables

Posted on September 15th 2015

We have recently developed a standard specification for houses which is capable of achieving compliance with the London Plan target of a 35% reduction in regulated CO2 emissions over Part L 2013, without the need for renewable technologies or connection to district heating systems. Thermal comfort, daylighting and air quality were also considered to ensure that a comfortable living environment is …

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BREEAM 2014 – End of Tenant’s Agreements

Posted on September 15th 2015

BREEAM 2014 significantly changed from its predecessor, BREEAM 2011, particularly with regard to the assessment of shell only spaces. Only those aspects of an assessment within a developer’s control are now assessed, without the use of a Tenant’s Agreement/ Green Lease or Green Building Guide. The lack of a Tenant’s Agreement does not fundamentally create a more difficult assessment. This …

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Learning From Passivhaus

Posted on September 15th 2015

As part of a commitment to further develop our understanding and knowledge of low energy building design, Tom Gwilliam has recently become qualified as a Passivhaus Designer. This enhances our ability to offer optimised, low energy efficiency design, to all our clients. Our primary driver for achieving Passivhaus Designer status was not to certify projects, but to utilise this best-practice …

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On-going BREEAM Success at the Royal Arsenal

Posted on September 9th 2015

We are pleased to announce that Bentham House at the Royal Arsenal Riverside Overstation Development by Berkeley Homes East Thames has successfully achieved BREEAM multi-residential certification to the ‘Very Good’ standard. Berkeley’s scheme at Royal Arsenal Riverside is an excellent example of place-making and building a sustainable community, and we are proud to be involved in delivering this. This latest block …

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New Secured by Design Services

Posted on August 18th 2015

We have launched a new service focused on helping clients achieve Secured by Design certification. The National Planning Policy Framework requires local authorities to consider crime and disorder as part of the planning process. Over 20% of local authorities have planning policies that require Secured by Design certification, and the scheme generally forms part of Affordable Housing requirements. London Plan …

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