Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Designing for Efficient Thermal Bridging

Posted on July 20th 2015

We are using Passivhaus approaches to help us design for energy efficiency on a wide range of projects. Even where Passivhaus certification is not sought, the application of the same principles can achieve substantial inexpensive improvements to building energy performance. Considering and designing out thermal bridging at an early stage can reduce the need for other more costly improvements required …

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Planning Success in the London Borough of Lambeth – Daylight and Sunlight Report for Infill Development

Posted on July 17th 2015

The proposed development was unique as it involved a contemporary building larger than that which it replaced, located within a dense urban residential environment surrounded on all sides by gardens owned by the neighbouring dwellings. The constraints of the site and the close proximity of neighbours were such that potential loss of daylight and sunlight to the neighbouring dwellings and …

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London Plan Consultation on Housing Standards

Posted on July 17th 2015

The Mayor of London’s proposals in the consultation for Minor Alterations to the London Plan push beyond the government’s latest position on zero carbon buildings. Of the proposed changes, three points will significantly impact developers if formally adopted: The proposal to retain a 35% carbon emissions reduction target until late 2016 for dwellings. This goes beyond the Ministerial Statement which …

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BREEAM Communities Helps Planning Success – Horton Heath, Eastleigh

Posted on July 17th 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved BREEAM Communities Interim (Step 1) certification for development proposals on land West of Horton Heath on behalf our client, Horton Heath Ltd, in the Borough of Eastleigh. The achievement of the BREEAM Communities certification contributed to Eastleigh Borough Council resolving to grant outline planning permission at Committee in June 2015. …

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Planning Success at White City

Posted on June 16th 2015

On the 19th May 2015 the London Borough and Hammersmith and Fulham resolved to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the Marks and Spencer warehouse site in White City site with Members voting unanimously in favour of the application. We are delighted to have contributed to this recent planning success and extremely pleased to have been able to work …

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How is Planning Responding to the Need to Adapt to Climate Change?

Posted on June 16th 2015

Even with current reductions in CO2 emissions, adaptation is required to tackle the expected changes in our climate. The UK Government requires that local planning authorities play a key role in ensuring new development deals with the issue. Amongst the effects of climate change, three key impacts have been identified: Flooding: The cost of damage from flooding to residential properties …

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Incorporating Passivhaus Design Principles

Posted on June 4th 2015

Passivhaus homes are known for their high quality, low energy approach. The results consistently receive positive customer feedback. Certification requires the assessment of the As-Built home, ensuring that design intentions are realised, something that is commonly highlighted as a major issue with standard Part L compliance. Homeowners report liking Passivhaus buildings due to the low energy bills and because their …

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Heat Trust Scheme Launched as Best Practice for Community Energy

Posted on June 3rd 2015

The Heat Trust has recently been formally established by the Association for District Energy (ADE) to provide a common standard in the service quality and level of protection given by community heating suppliers to customers. We fully support the Heat Trust in their goals and hope that they are able to provide customers with confidence in what is a relatively …

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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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