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Posted on May 24th 2018

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CMA Recommends Regulating Heat Networks

Posted on May 22nd 2018

According to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA), District Heating Networks still suffer from lack of transparency and high operational costs due to upfront cost cutting. To address these issues the CMA’s provisional view was that the sector should be regulated. A study conducted by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) in March 2013 identified Developers’ difficulty in …

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Final Hackitt Report Published

Posted on May 22nd 2018

The final Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety report, Building a Safer Future, was published last week. It recommends a new regulatory framework for building safety to address identified weaknesses in the system. Dame Judith is clear that the current system is not fit for purpose. The report says that a cultural change in the construction industry is essential …

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Works Completed at Brandon House for Crest Nicholson

Posted on May 22nd 2018

We have just seen the completion of Brandon House, an exceptionally designed residence in the London Borough of Southwark which was built by Crest Nicholson. The site consists of 97 dwellings including 9 townhouses and over 3,000m2 in office and retail space. We worked closely with the design and construction team to advise on the most effective way to comply …

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Selecting HIUs for improved efficiency of District Heating Networks

Posted on March 15th 2018

Overestimating peak dwelling heat loads and therefore the dwelling heat interface unit output, combined with poor commissioning will lead to an overpriced and inefficient network. This will be reflected in high heating bills for consumers, high ongoing maintenance costs, and higher heat losses in communal areas. The dwelling heat interface unit (HIU) is one of the key components of a …

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Draft NPPF aims to promote sustainable design with higher density development

Posted on March 15th 2018

The draft National Planning Policy Framework was published for consultation this month (March 2018). Key elements of the revised framework are listed below where relevant to our work. We will be interpreting these requirements in the new few months and contributing to the Government’s consultation: Flexibility with daylight standards – the updated document states that local plans should optimise the …

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More specialists join the Hodkinson team

Posted on March 14th 2018

We are delighted to welcome two new people to our team, Norbert Szekely and Vicky Kontopoulou. Norbert joins our District Energy team as a Senior Specialist with experience gained at a district heating product manufacturer. This strengthens our district energy capabilities in response to the growing demand for strategic energy solutions particularly on major regeneration projects particularly in the London …

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Our Work on High Speed 2

Posted on March 14th 2018

Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSJV) have appointed Hodkinson Consultancy as  the High Speed 2 (HS2) BREEAM Infrastructure Assessor and Sustainability Champion for the Enabling Works Package for Phase One, Area South (Parts 1 and 2). This is the area of the project that runs from London Euston to Ickenham. As well as CSJV, we are working closely with Schofield Lothian to deliver …

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Achieving the 10% Draft London Plan Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Buildings

Posted on February 14th 2018

The recently published Draft London Plan (December 2017) sets new, ambitious targets for the fabric energy efficiency of buildings. Following Grenfell, concerns surrounding the fire risk of PIR and phenolic insulation are making reductions in external wall U-values increasingly difficult in tall buildings, leaving the question of how these reductions in energy use will be achieved? Policy SI2 of the …

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Acoustic Design for High Quality Housing

Posted on February 14th 2018

An increasing demand for housing is leading to the continuous development of urban areas and infill of brownfield sites. As a result, the impact of environmental noise is becoming an increasingly important consideration for developers when designing high quality new buildings. External noise affects health and quality of life, as well as impacting on the availability of natural ventilation through …

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