Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

First Year of Zero Carbon Policy Experience

Posted on November 16th 2017

It has been one year since the implementation of the ‘Zero Carbon Homes’ standard by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as of 1st October 2017. As ‘Zero Carbon Homes’ has been defined as part of Policy 5.2 of the London Plan, it expects all major residential developments to achieve a 35% reduction over Part L 2013 on site, with the …

Read the full article

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

Posted on November 16th 2017

As stated in ‘The Private Rented Property Minimum Standard’, from April 1st 2018, landlords of Domestic and Non-Domestic properties in England and Wales will need to demonstrate compliance with minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES), as defined above, in order to be able to rent them or renew tenancies. Domestic and Non-Domestic buildings will be subject to the following requirements: from …

Read the full article

Homeowners Demand Thermal Imaging to Support Higher Standards

Posted on November 16th 2017

Homeowners are becoming increasingly aware of build quality issues within their new homes. In a number of instances, occupiers have had a thermal imaging survey undertaken to demonstrate areas of poorly fitted insulation within the property. To combat these issues, we recommend undertaking sample thermal imaging surveys on a selection of plots across a site to ensure continuity of insulation …

Read the full article

Enabling Construction underway at Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea

Posted on November 16th 2017

Construction work is underway at Prince of Wales Drive, an ambitious residential led scheme by St William Homes LLP in Battersea. Our approach has been to engage early with the design team in order to develop a façade strategy that optimises the energy strategy with overheating risk and natural daylight availability. Overheating is a customer experience issue and one that …

Read the full article