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How Does The New Part M Compare to Existing Requirements?

Posted on May 14th 2015

The Approved Document Part M (Access To and Use of Buildings), 2015 edition was published in March 2015, coming into effect 1 October. This now incorporates optional tiered requirements, with higher tiers set through planning policy. We welcome the new regulated approach to improved accessibility standards, but concerns remain about the implementation of the new standards with variations in requirements. Our Table presents …

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Twickenham House, Heath Road, Twickenham – Planning Application Approved

Posted on May 14th 2015

We are pleased to announce that the application for a new residential and commercial development on a brownfield site in Heath Road, Twickenham by Axiom Land was recently granted planning consent subject to a Section 106 agreement. We prepared Energy and Sustainability Statements to support the application. The development includes 21 new homes made up of private and affordable units, …

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GLA Energy Statement Guidance April 2015 Strengthens Requirements

Posted on May 14th 2015

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has recently issued a revised version of their guidance on the preparation of Energy Statements for planning applications. This introduces a number of important new issues that are expected to be covered as part of a planning application. These include: – Retention of the 35% Regulated CO2 reduction target over Part L (2013). This is …

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Equipment Sizing Critical to District Energy Performance

Posted on May 14th 2015

Sizing of heating and cooling systems is critical to maximising operational efficiency. Experience has shown that many systems are oversized due to a lack of precision during the design. Dynamic thermal modelling is essential in order to accurately predict a building’s heating and cooling loads. Dynamic simulations use real-life weather data to predict how the building will thermally interact with …

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Retrofitting Domestic Buildings

Posted on April 15th 2015

  Refurbishment of existing homes to improve energy efficiency not only helps to address CO2 requirements under the Climate Change Act but also has significant impacts on resident energy bills. We have analysed the impact of a range of energy efficient refurbishment measures for existing homes. Focusing effort on roof insulation and new boilers are expected to be the most …

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Ministerial Statement, Housing Standards Review, 25 March 2015

Posted on April 15th 2015

DCLG recently announced that local planning authorities should not set policies relating to the construction, internal layout or performance of new dwellings in their local plans. In summary the Statement confirmed: The Code for Sustainable Homes is being formally withdrawn. Legacy cases, including projects with planning conditions or signed S106 requiring specific Code levels, or with funding requirements for the …

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Lifetime Homes Compliance on a Refurbished Victorian Property

Posted on April 15th 2015

In August last year we worked with a private developer to demonstrate Lifetime Homes compliance on the refurbishment of an existing Victorian property in Belsize Park, London which has now been granted planning approval. In accordance with Policy DP6 ‘Lifetime homes and wheelchair standards’ of Camden’s Development Policy, the council required the developer to demonstrate how all applicable Lifetime Homes …

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The Heat Network Regulations Duty to Notify Deadline Delayed Until December 2015

Posted on April 15th 2015

A welcome extension to the deadline to notify the National Measurement and Regulations Office (NMRO) of all communal and district heating systems has been confirmed in The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. The new deadline to notify is 31st December 2015. This will be welcomed by developers who face civil and/or criminal penalties if they do not declare …

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Designing Buildings for Good Internal Air Quality

Posted on March 9th 2015

Poor internal air quality in UK homes is having a serious effect on the health of occupiers. This is a direct consequence of more airtight, energy efficient houses with inadequate ventilation. Through good design, both energy efficiency and ventilation can be optimised, providing high quality housing which will benefit health and wellbeing. We are able to advise on successfully balancing …

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Renewable Heat Incentive for New Build Housing

Posted on March 9th 2015

There are two distinct Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes: Domestic and Non-Domestic. Paradoxically, it is the non-domestic scheme that is of most relevance to housing developers and can offer opportunities to reduce operational costs and hence resident heat bills. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was brought in to provide long-term incentives to switch from use of fossil fuels to renewable …

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