Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

BREEAM Success at Green Park House

Posted on April 20th 2016

We are pleased to announce that Green Park House in Bath by Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern) has successfully achieved final BREEAM multi-residential certification to the ‘Very Good’ standard. The BREEAM strategy included the following: Energy – the development was made as energy efficient as possible through the use of mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, the installation of photovoltaic panels …

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New Housing SPG for London: The Return of Zero Carbon

Posted on April 6th 2016

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has recently published updated Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) on Housing. This sits alongside the Sustainable Design and Construction SPG (2015). The Housing SPG now clarifies the GLA position regarding London Plan Policy 5.2 – Minimising Carbon Dioxide Emissions. As of the 1 October 2016, major residential development will be expected to be Zero Carbon, defined …

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WELL Building Standard: A new focus on health and wellbeing for homes

Posted on April 6th 2016

In response to increasing industry focus on health and wellbeing and consumer demand for healthy buildings, the WELL Standard has been developed as a performance based certification scheme which measures the impact of internal spaces on human health. The design principles of the standard can be applied even where full certification is not pursued. Whilst WELL is aimed primarily at …

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Heating Corridors to achieve Fabric Energy Efficiency Standards

Posted on April 6th 2016

Heating corridors within a block of flats provides a significant benefit to the energy performance of dwellings and is one of the most cost-effective measures that can be taken to achieve the Part L (2013) Fabric Energy Efficiency (FEE) standards. On schemes with communal heating it was previously possible to assume corridors were heated on the basis of passive heat …

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Caution urged for connection to area-wide heat networks

Posted on April 6th 2016

It is becoming increasingly common for planning authorities to require developments to commit to connecting to existing or future planned area-wide heat networks. From our experience, extreme caution should be taken in considering whether this is reasonable and in the best interests of the development and its future residents. The theory behind district heating is that bigger heat networks are …

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Cost Benefits of Thermal Bridging Analysis

Posted on February 18th 2016

Thermal bridging analysis to improve Part L performance offers a highly cost-effective way to improve building quality and achieve carbon dioxide reduction targets. Carrying out the analysis should be considered for all construction types being assessed under Part L 2013, even if bespoke calculations are required to ascertain accurate linear thermal transmittance values (psi-values). Our analysis has indicated that, for …

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Active Water Management: New Technology for Attenuation

Posted on February 12th 2016

Our clients are showing interest in a new approach to water management. Active water management attenuation systems allow the outflow of stored water to be fully controlled, in contrast to a passive system which continuously drains at a set discharge rate. This control allows the attenuated water to be used for purposes which would otherwise require separate tanks, such as firefighting water …

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Christmas Quiz 2015 Winner is Announced

Posted on February 8th 2016

We are delighted to announce that the winner of our 2015 Christmas quiz is Tim Sharman of St George. Tim generously nominated the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity to receive our £500 donation, which was made in the memory of his father Patrick Sharman. Congratulations to everyone else who submitted the correct answers. For those of you who are still struggling, …

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Publication of New Acoustic Technical Guidance

Posted on February 8th 2016

ProPG: Planning & Noise is out for consultation from 21 January to 31 March 2016 and can be found here. National Planning Practice Guidance makes it clear that noise is a material consideration in the determination of planning applications, and a key aspect of sustainable development. The NPPF states that planning policy and decision takers should ‘aim to avoid noise …

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PV a more cost effective option than better fabric to reduce carbon dioxide

Posted on January 7th 2016

The cost of PV panels has come down by around 85% in the last 5 years. Maximising the amount of PV is now more cost-effective than enhanced energy efficiency measures in achieving CO2 reductions over Part L (2013) for houses. In addition to cheaper PV panels the cost of PV panels per kWp substantially reduces as the amount installed increases. …

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