Environmental Assessment for Refurbishment Projects

The BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment scheme was launched in 2012 to address specific environmental performance standards in refurbishment projects. It can be applied to any existing building that is being refurbished as residential, where at least one of following building elements is being retained: External walls Ground floor Upper floor slab Structural frame BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment [...]

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BREEAM 2014 Update

BREEAM 2014 has recently been published in draft. It is expected that the scheme will be formally released in May 2014, and registrations under BREEAM 2011 will close in June 2014. Four new credits have been added which are described in brief below: Mat 6 – Material Efficiency: This credit looks to measure the material [...]

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Glazing Implications of Part L1A 2013

Glazing is already a key focus area for environmental assessment, driving internal daylight levels, thermal comfort, and overheating risk.  Our initial assessment using Part L 2013 shows the increasing importance of early consideration of the energy and CO2 impacts of glazing design. The strategic issue is that the benchmark notional building used in SAP 2012 [...]

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Addressing the Energy Performance Gap: Post Occupancy Evaluation

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 [...]

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Three More Specialists Join Our Team

We are delighted to welcome three new people to our team, Thomas Gwilliam, Simon Gowing and Tanya McLarney. These have all joined us in the last two months. Thomas Gwilliam joins us as an Energy Specialist. He is an engineering graduate from Edinburgh University and is an experienced energy and BREEAM assessor. He brings detailed [...]

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Planning Success at Woodberry Down

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 [...]

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Low-Energy Building Optimisation for Concept Design

As building designers, we are continually challenged with trying to optimise building design to achieve low-energy, yet financially viable solutions. Hodkinson Consultancy have adopted an innovative approach to optimisation, working closely with software developers and research academics to advance sophisticated simulation techniques. The optimisation process applies the Darwinian evolutionary selection theory to identify variables that [...]

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BREEAM Communities Certification Demonstrates Sustainability to Eastleigh Borough Council

We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved our first BREEAM Communities certification at Crowdhill Green, Fair Oak, in Eastleigh Borough Council. Working closely with Bloor Homes and the Highwood Group, both of whom demonstrated a strong commitment to BREEAM Communities from the outset, the BREEAM Communities Step 1 process was undertaken in [...]

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Minister Launches Community Energy Strategy at Woodberry Down

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 [...]

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Flooding in London

Regionally, London has the highest number of people at risk from flooding. In the Greater London area, there are 542,000 properties and around one million people located in the floodplain. Although London has the largest number of people at risk (458,000), 18% of properties at risk in London are in areas with a low chance of [...]

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Get Prepared for Part L 2013

April 6th 2014 will see the introduction of Part L 2013.  From this date projects will only be exempt from the new regulations under the following circumstances: Where work has already commenced; Where the project has already had a full plans submission, initial notice or building notice served if work begins on site before April [...]

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Office to Residential – Change of Use, Refurbishment & Sustainability

Moves to relax requirements for change of use from office to residential buildings could lead to less sustainable housing. Permitted development right changes made in May 2013 allow the change of use of buildings from B1(a) (offices) to C3 (dwelling houses) for a period of three years, subject to a prior approval process with the [...]

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Assessing Existing Buildings with BREEAM In-Use

  BREEAM In-Use is an environmental assessment method for existing non-domestic buildings whereby buildings are assessed using a standard methodology through an independent certification process. The aim of BREEAM In-Use is to identify sections of a property portfolio that is under-performing and will benefit from refurbishment or improvements in management practices. Carrying out this assessment [...]

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Part L 2013 – The Increased Importance of Thermal Bridging

  SUMMARY Achieving compliance with Part L1A 2013 will require detailed consideration of thermal bridging in all new dwellings. For some dwelling types, this is already common practice.  For non-traditional construction types where developers have typically used default values for thermal bridging, design teams have a choice of either making significant improvements to all other [...]

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We Contribute to Planning Success at London Dock

London Dock in Wapping, is an historic site covering 6.1 hectares.  Last week, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets resolved to grant planning permission for up to 1,800 new homes, as well as new public spaces, pedestrian and cycle routes, a range of shops, restaurants, cafes and land for a secondary school. The application was [...]

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Energy Efficient Street Lighting as an Allowable Solution?

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 [...]

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Our work along the River Thames

Over the past 5 years, we have been involved in some of the most significant developments along the River Thames, extending from Isleworth to Woolwich. This includes over 8,000 dwellings and a wide range of non-residential uses in 13 different developments. Through working on these projects we have gained specialist knowledge and skills through planning [...]

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Investors in People Silver Award

We have been awarded the “Silver” standard from Investors in People for developing our team of environmental and energy specialists. This national assessment standard was tough to achieve. The assessor highlighted the extent and depth of professional training available to everyone in the company. Investors in People provided us with an assessment framework from which [...]

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Part L1A 2013 sets high energy efficiency targets

The Approved Document L1A, 2013 edition was published in November alongside the Standard Assessment Procedure 2012.  These two documents bring long-awaited clarity to the subject of energy and CO2 performance targets for new dwellings and will allow house builders to begin planning their routes to compliance. Both the Target Emission Rate (TER) and newly introduced [...]

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BREEAM and Code Design Stage Assessments Before Construction

Developments which are required to achieve BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes ratings should consider their requirements as early as possible. It is essential that pre-assessments are included within the feasibility stage of the development. The design must incorporate all of the required criteria ensuring minimal impact on the development and reducing the risk of [...]

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