Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Climate Change Projections and Measuring Overheating Risk

Posted on November 6th 2014

Last week, as part of a major planning application, we received a request from the Greater London Authority (GLA) asking for dynamic overheating analysis to be undertaken on a major new residential led development using not only the current CIBSE Design Summer Year weather data, but also the recently released future climate change weather data. The GLA assessment criterion refers …

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Cold Bridging and Building Details

Posted on November 5th 2014

The implications of poor building details extend beyond increased heat loss and associated compliance with Part L CO2 and fabric energy efficiency (FEE) standards. Where the internal surface temperature around a building detail (such as a lintel or sill) is excessively low, the risk of surface condensation is increased. This can damage surfaces and lead to mould growth which is …

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Achieving BREEAM Excellent for Shell Only Buildings

Posted on November 5th 2014

The mandatory requirement under Ene 01 for achievement of a BREEAM 2014 Excellent rating is now 5 credits (out of a possible 12). This is compared to 6 credits (out of a possible 15) and a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions under BREEAM 2011. Achieving these credits is very challenging for any BREEAM assessment. Our research has found that achievement …

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RHC Contributes to Planning Success at 74-80 Peach Street, Wokingham

Posted on October 29th 2014

Wokingham Borough Council resolved to grant planning permission recently for the redevelopment at 74-80 Peach Street in Wokingham town centre. This mixed use development by Tropic Estates Ltd will deliver 140 sq metres of retail space and 39 residential apartments, and includes the replacement of a former office building. Hodkinson Consultancy is extremely pleased to have been able to work with …

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Elmington Estate Redevelopment – Planning Applications Submitted

Posted on October 9th 2014

Hodkinson Consultancy prepared Energy and Sustainability Statements to support three simultaneous planning applications for the redevelopment of the Elmington Estate, which were submitted in September to the London Borough of Southwark by Bellway Homes (Thames Gateway) and Family Mosaic. In 2012, Bellway Homes (Thames Gateway) and Family Mosaic were selected as the London Borough of Southwark’s development partners for the …

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Potential Changes for 2016 to SAP Could Reduce CO2 Benefits of District Heating

Posted on October 9th 2014

Changes are being considered to SAP which could substantially reduce the CO2 reductions currently achievable with district heating and Combined Heat & Power (CHP). If these changes come forward, it could make district heating and CHP a less appropriate energy strategy in terms of meeting planning policies and Building Regulations requirements for environmental performance. SAP currently assumes a default district …

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Added Value of BREEAM

Posted on October 9th 2014

Reduced operational costs, higher rental value and increased staff productivity are just a few of the added benefits of BREEAM certified commercial buildings. Recent research undertaken by Sweett Group and BRE has shown that achievement of a BREEAM rating adds value to a development with little or no additional cost. Early consideration of BREEAM credits allows for maximum value to …

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Football Fundraising Raises Over £48,000 for Demelza Hospice Care

Posted on October 6th 2014

Employees from Hodkinson Consultancy took part in the Berkeley Foundation 5-a-side football event at Wembley Stadium to raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children offers young people in the South East of England who are not expected to reach adulthood with their family, support, memories and activities which are not available elsewhere. More information can be found on their website at www.demelza.org.uk

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CHP Less Effective in Meeting Building Regulations Part L 2013

Posted on September 12th 2014

In comparing the relative CO2 performance of technologies assessed under the Part L Building Regulations for 2010 and 2013 we have concluded that MVHR now offers a bigger CO2 reduction than available in the 2010 Regulation. For CHP engines the situation is reversed with lower CO2 reductions when calculated in 2013 Regulations. Our analysis of the sensitivities between different Building …

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Hodkinson Consultancy Rebrands

Posted on September 11th 2014

As we approach the fifteenth year of our practice we have been taking a hard look at our business to plan for the future. Behind the scenes we have reorganised ourselves to focus on the major areas Energy and the Environment together with our continued improvement of our services delivery. We have recruited further specialist staff to support our growth, …

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