Green Materials – The Environmental Product Declaration

The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a standardised way of measuring the environmental impact of a product, it includes verified information on the procurement of the raw materials, energy use and efficiency, content of materials and chemical substances, emissions to air, soil and water and waste generation.  It reports the results of a product Life [...]

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BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment and Planning

Existing buildings are currently responsible for approximately 27% of CO2 emissions produced in the UK. With local planning authorities updating their policies to reflect the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), in the absence of the adopted local plan, the use of BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment is expected to increase significantly. Paragraph 95 of the NPPF states [...]

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Changes to Considerate Constructors Scheme 2013

Over the past 3 years the Considerate Constructors Scheme has undergone a thorough review.  As a result Considerate Constructors felt that the scheme should be more challenging to the industry but still remain accessible.  The changes will be taking effect from 1st January 2013 and will include a new code of conduct, new checklist and [...]

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Inclusive Design in BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment

The BREEAM Domestic Refurbishments assessment includes an Inclusive Design credit which follows the 16 Lifetime Homes design criteria and Part M of the Building Regulations (2010).  An Inclusive Design Access Statement template is provided by BREEAM and is broken into 3 sections; one credit is awarded for each section which has been met.  We have [...]

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BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment – what’s new?

The BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment scheme opened for registrations on Monday 2nd July 2012; it’s a performance based assessment and certification scheme for domestic buildings undergoing refurbishment and has replaced EcoHomes which is being phased out.  The Code for Sustainable Homes is only appropriate for new build and therefore this BREEAM scheme will be important for [...]

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BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) will be accepting BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment registrations from the start of July 2012, until then EcoHomes will continue to be used for refurbishment projects. BRE have stated that there will not be a gap between the end of EcoHomes and the start of BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment; instead there will be an overlap [...]

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Importance of selecting white goods for the Code

It’s about both energy and water use The Code for Sustainable Homes requires that washing machines and dishwashers achieve an “A” rating under the EU Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme and tumble driers and washer driers achieve a “B” rating in order to achieve credits under ENE 5 Energy Labelled White Goods. However, what is sometimes [...]

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Safe Disposal of Low Energy Lamps

  As part of our work on Home User Guides we have become aware of the importance of the safe disposal of low energy lights (LEL). Advice provided by the Health Protection Agency states that should a low energy light break, the following actions must be followed: Vacate the room Shut off any central air [...]

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Affordable housing to meet Lifetime Homes criteria by 2011

The Department of Communities and Local Government has pledged an increase in the use of the Lifetime Homes standards to provide adaptable homes that match an individuals’ needs over their lifespan. The Government’s strategy ensures that by 2013 all homes are built to the standards, with the first batch of publicly funded housing to be [...]

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Lifetime Homes and smaller dwellings

The 16 Lifetime Homes criteria have been set down to enable adaptable accommodation which will increase the longevity of tenure. However, it is hard for developments to comply where dwellings have limited space such as small studio/one bedroom or houses with narrow frontages. It is especially difficult for developers to meet criteria 7) and 10) [...]

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