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Retrofitting Domestic Buildings

Posted on April 15th 2015

Refurbishment of existing homes to improve energy efficiency not only helps to address CO2 requirements under the Climate Change Act but also has significant impacts on resident energy bills. We have analysed the impact of a range of energy efficient refurbishment measures for existing homes. Focusing effort on roof insulation and new boilers are expected to be the most cost-effective …

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Ministerial Statement, Housing Standards Review, 25 March 2015

Posted on April 15th 2015

DCLG recently announced that local planning authorities should not set policies relating to the construction, internal layout or performance of new dwellings in their local plans. In summary the Statement confirmed: The Code for Sustainable Homes is being formally withdrawn. Legacy cases, including projects with planning conditions or signed S106 requiring specific Code levels, or with funding requirements for the …

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Lifetime Homes Compliance on a Refurbished Victorian Property

Posted on April 15th 2015

In August last year we worked with a private developer to demonstrate Lifetime Homes compliance on the refurbishment of an existing Victorian property in Belsize Park, London which has now been granted planning approval. In accordance with Policy DP6 ‘Lifetime homes and wheelchair standards’ of Camden’s Development Policy, the council required the developer to demonstrate how all applicable Lifetime Homes …

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The Heat Network Regulations Duty to Notify Deadline Delayed Until December 2015

Posted on April 15th 2015

A welcome extension to the deadline to notify the National Measurement and Regulations Office (NMRO) of all communal and district heating systems has been confirmed in The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. The new deadline to notify is 31st December 2015. This will be welcomed by developers who face civil and/or criminal penalties if they do not declare …

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