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How Does The New Part M Compare to Existing Requirements?

Posted on May 14th 2015

The Approved Document Part M (Access To and Use of Buildings), 2015 edition was published in March 2015, coming into effect 1 October. This now incorporates optional tiered requirements, with higher tiers set through planning policy. We welcome the new regulated approach to improved accessibility standards, but concerns remain about the implementation of the new standards with variations in requirements. Our Table presents …

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Twickenham House, Heath Road, Twickenham – Planning Application Approved

Posted on May 14th 2015

We are pleased to announce that the application for a new residential and commercial development on a brownfield site in Heath Road, Twickenham by Axiom Land was recently granted planning consent subject to a Section 106 agreement. We prepared Energy and Sustainability Statements to support the application. The development includes 21 new homes made up of private and affordable units, …

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GLA Energy Statement Guidance April 2015 Strengthens Requirements

Posted on May 14th 2015

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has recently issued a revised version of their guidance on the preparation of Energy Statements for planning applications. This introduces a number of important new issues that are expected to be covered as part of a planning application. These include: – Retention of the 35% Regulated CO2 reduction target over Part L (2013). This is …

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Equipment Sizing Critical to District Energy Performance

Posted on May 14th 2015

Sizing of heating and cooling systems is critical to maximising operational efficiency. Experience has shown that many systems are oversized due to a lack of precision during the design. Dynamic thermal modelling is essential in order to accurately predict a building’s heating and cooling loads. Dynamic simulations use real-life weather data to predict how the building will thermally interact with …

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