Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

SAP 10 and its impact on energy strategies

Posted on October 23rd 2018

We are already looking at future energy scenarios for our clients, SAP 10 provides near-future (c.2020) domestic energy assessment methodology. The SAP methodology has been updated and published to allow the industry to prepare for the expected release of the awaited Part L Approved Document late 2019 or early 2020. For clarity, until the new Part L is adopted, SAP …

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New NPPF paves way for more challenging carbon targets

Posted on October 23rd 2018

The UK Government published the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in July 2018. This paves the way for local authorities to set their own energy efficiency standards in local planning policy and represents arguably the most important step change in Government policy on housing standards since Eric Pickles published his ministerial statement in March 2015. With specific regard to …

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Residents Perceptions on Noise, Ventilation and Overheating

Posted on October 18th 2018

Are residents satisfied with their living conditions when the building meets standards set out for noise, ventilation and overheating? We have undertaken research into resident’s perceptions on internal noise levels, ventilation and thermal comfort. This has uncovered that residents are often resigned to high levels of noise to improve ventilation, even when mechanical ventilation is available. There is an inter-relationship …

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Hodkinson Consultancy compete in annual charity football tournament

Posted on October 18th 2018

Hodkinson Consultancy took part in the Annual Berkeley Foundation 5-a-side football tournament in September to raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children, for which a total of £42,900 was raised. Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides vital care and support to young people across the South East who may not live a long or full life. They provide compassionate …

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The Challenge of Grid Decarbonisation

Posted on September 14th 2018

Rapid decarbonation of UK grid electricity due to a shift away from coal towards lower carbon generation from renewables and nuclear presents a new set of challenges to developers seeking the best energy strategy for their developments. For new schemes, it is now more important than ever to balance the increasingly competing aims of minimizing capital costs, meeting customer requirements …

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Underfloor Heating for District Heating Efficiency to give lower heat charges

Posted on September 14th 2018

Specification of underfloor heating in flats can reduce network heat losses by around 20% and in doing so reduce corridor overheating and resident heat bills. Underfloor heating has benefits not just for thermal comfort, but also for the efficiency of the Heat Network. As recommended by the CIBSE Heat Networks Code of Practice, for increased efficiency the district heating system …

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Carhartt – A Project Success in Kings Cross

Posted on September 14th 2018

We are pleased to announce that the new Carhartt Work In Progress (WIP) store is now open. With our help, the store has achieved a BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out rating of ‘Very Good’. The iconic US clothing and accessories brand can be found on King’s Cross Boulevard, just moments from the main station entrance in the largest area of urban …

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Renewed Policy Focus on Housing Quality

Posted on September 14th 2018

Following the recent publication of the National Planning Policy Framework and an increasing industry focus on housing quality, we are beginning to see local authorities reintroduce requirements for housing standards such as the Home Quality Mark (HQM). The HQM standard has recently been revamped by the BRE following consultation, now known as the HQM ONE scheme version. The new standard has an increased focus on …

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To Regulate or Not to Regulate? UK Heat Networks

Posted on August 21st 2018

There are calls for the UK’s Heat Networks to be formally regulated. The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) have reported on how the market might look in the future and identified key drivers and trends in the industry. These include identifying Ofgem as a suitable regulator, assessing the need for greater consumer protection and developing a suitable framework for market …

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How Noise Mapping Can Help Develop an Overheating Strategy

Posted on August 21st 2018

Both acoustics and overheating design should be considered together, and an integrated solution provided. Noise Maps of a proposed site and surrounding areas can be produced by measuring the long term averaged sound levels. Contour lines can then be used to provide a clear picture depicting how the development will be affected by various noise sources. This allows us to …

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