Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

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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Designing for Health, Wellbeing and Productivity

Posted on August 21st 2018

We can carry out BREEAM and WELL assessments in tandem to ensure the highest quality sustainable development which focus not only on energy and environmental sustainability but human and social aspects too. Our team of BREEAM and WELL APs are experts in harmonising evidence and identifying opportunities to streamline the process of achieving dual certification. Launched in October 2014 after …

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Revised NPPF: Key Sustainability Factors

Posted on August 21st 2018

The final version of the revised National Planning Policy Framework was formally published on the 24th July 2018. Our review of the new document has identified the following key sustainability themes: Flexibility with daylight and sunlight standards – the updated document states that local plans should optimise the use of land through the use of minimum density standards. To ensure …

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