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District Heating Success at Royal Arsenal Riverside – Berkeley Homes

Posted on July 28th 2015

We have successfully assisted Berkeley Homes in the next stages of the development of the district heating network at Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich which will ultimately heat 3,700 homes from a single Energy Centre. Working closely with Berkeley Homes we have successfully assisted in: Optimisation of the Energy Centre design to maximise efficiency and minimise emissions of carbon dioxide …

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Designing for Efficient Thermal Bridging

Posted on July 20th 2015

We are using Passivhaus approaches to help us design for energy efficiency on a wide range of projects. Even where Passivhaus certification is not sought, the application of the same principles can achieve substantial inexpensive improvements to building energy performance. Considering and designing out thermal bridging at an early stage can reduce the need for other more costly improvements required …

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Planning Success in the London Borough of Lambeth – Daylight and Sunlight Report for Infill Development

Posted on July 17th 2015

The proposed development was unique as it involved a contemporary building larger than that which it replaced, located within a dense urban residential environment surrounded on all sides by gardens owned by the neighbouring dwellings. The constraints of the site and the close proximity of neighbours were such that potential loss of daylight and sunlight to the neighbouring dwellings and …

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London Plan Consultation on Housing Standards

Posted on July 17th 2015

The Mayor of London’s proposals in the consultation for Minor Alterations to the London Plan push beyond the government’s latest position on zero carbon buildings. Of the proposed changes, three points will significantly impact developers if formally adopted: The proposal to retain a 35% carbon emissions reduction target until late 2016 for dwellings. This goes beyond the Ministerial Statement which …

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BREEAM Communities Helps Planning Success – Horton Heath, Eastleigh

Posted on July 17th 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved BREEAM Communities Interim (Step 1) certification for development proposals on land West of Horton Heath on behalf our client, Horton Heath Ltd, in the Borough of Eastleigh. The achievement of the BREEAM Communities certification contributed to Eastleigh Borough Council resolving to grant outline planning permission at Committee in June 2015. …

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