Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Addressing the Energy Performance Gap: Post Occupancy Evaluation

Posted on March 31st 2014

To address the ‘clear evidence of a performance gap between the design & as built performance of new homes’ [1] the Zero Carbon Hub is proposing that from 2020 it must be demonstrated that 90% of all new homes must meet or perform better than the designed energy performance. In addition to this emerging industry requirement, home buyers are becoming increasingly …

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Planning Success at Woodberry Down

Posted on March 4th 2014

The London Borough of Hackney have recently resolved to grant planning permission for the revised Woodberry Down Masterplan. Berkeley Homes’ 20 year, £1billion regeneration of the neglected Woodberry Down estate will now provide in excess of 5,500 homes, at least 40% of which will be affordable. Set over 64 acres and adjacent to the Stoke Newington Reservoirs and New River, …

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Minister Launches Community Energy Strategy at Woodberry Down

Posted on February 6th 2014

Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change launched the Community Energy Strategy at Berkeley Homes’ Woodberry Down development in North London. Prior to the launch, Donald Sinclair of Richard Hodkinson Consultancy outlined the vision for energy at Woodberry Park to the Minister: – High level of energy efficiency measures reducing demand substantially over the homes that are …

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Energy Efficient Street Lighting as an Allowable Solution?

Posted on January 6th 2014

The emerging requirements for allowable Solutions will be an extra cost to housing developers. In addition to potentially being a cheaper alternative to Allowable Solution payments, by providing on-site Allowable Solutions, developers can realise a benefit from this cost. Allowable Solutions are expected to be necessary to achieve the ‘zero carbon home’ standard that is proposed to be required by …

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Planning sets the Allowable Solutions price

Posted on July 2nd 2013

The London Plan policy target for CO2 emissions is scheduled to increase during 2013 from 25% to 40% over Building Regulations (2010). This is true of policies in other areas too. Whilst the increased targets will be achievable on many developments, planning authorities recognise that it may not be technically or economically possible on all developments. As an alternative to …

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Masterplanning for District Heat Networks

Posted on June 19th 2013

The location and timing of the provision of Energy Centres on large multi-phase development sites with district heat networks is complex as there are a number of often competing factors: – Overall capital cost Cash flow Operational efficiency & costs (which influences resident energy costs) Phasing flexibility Matching Energy Centre output to development heat demand The above factors are best …

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Nuisance Pluming from Flues

Posted on February 4th 2013

In addition to the emission of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), flue gases from modern single dwelling boilers and Energy Centres boiler flues can be very visible. Whilst not in itself harmful to humans, the visible nature of plumes may be of concern to residents and is therefore a customer care issue. Careful consideration of the location of flues and the …

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Northstowe New Town a Step Closer

Posted on October 30th 2012

Gallagher’s development of the first phase of Northstowe is a step closer after the joint committee of members of South Cambridgeshire  District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council resolved to grant outline planning permission, subject to the completion of a legal agreement. Richard Hodkinson Consultancy supported the application through preparation of an Energy Statement for the development. Working with Gallagher we …

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Running costs of energy in a Code Level 4 home

Posted on September 27th 2012

Meeting higher sustainability standards, such as Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, does not necessarily mean lower energy costs to residents. The strategy adopted to achieve these higher standards can have a significant impact. It is possible for energy running costs to be increased if inappropriate strategies are adopted. We have examined the estimated energy costs for different energy strategies …

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Delivery of district heating on phased developments – things to consider

Posted on August 22nd 2012

District heat networks (generally with CHP) are increasingly common for medium and large scale developments in order to provide the CO2 reductions necessary for planning policy and Building Regulations compliance. Delivery of these networks on phased developments is complex. For effective delivery, it is important to consider a number of issues at an early stage. 1.       Early development of a …

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