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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

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 from giving rise to significant adverse impacts on health and quality of life as a result of new development’ [NPPF, …

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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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Part L – 2013 – Confusion – Care needed

Posted on January 7th 2016

We are concerned that several clients are confusing Building Regulations with the Approved Documents for Part L. The Building Notice for the site will state the relevant date of the Notice. This date defines the version of the Approved Documents to be used through various procedures including any transitional arrangements. Recent Building Notices require compliance with Building Regulations 2010, irrespective …

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Acton High Street & Gunnersbury Lane – Planning Application Approved

Posted on January 5th 2016

We are pleased to announce that the application for a new residential and commercial development in Acton Town Centre was recently granted planning consent by the London Borough of Ealing. We prepared Energy and Sustainability Statements to support the application. The development included 14 flats and ground floor flexible commercial space. We worked with the applicant, Barroerock Construction Ltd, to …

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Hodkinson Consultancy Joins UK-GBC Healthy Homes Task Group

Posted on January 5th 2016

We are pleased to be members of the UK Green Building Council’s task group on health and wellbeing in homes. All of this work falls into the WorldGBC’s Better Places for People campaign which aims to raise awareness of the health and wellbeing impacts of buildings and increase the uptake of greener, healthier buildings. This utilises our expertise and practical …

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Hodkinson Consultancy Christmas Quiz

Posted on December 15th 2015

The winner of our quiz will be able to nominate a charity to receive a £500 donation from us. Approximately how much Christmas wrapping paper is used in the UK each Christmas? a) 43 km b) 63 km2 c) 83 km2   How many LEDs have been used to light up Oxford Street for Christmas this year? a) 235,000 b) …

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Air Pressure Test Lodgements Add Certainty to Results

Posted on November 6th 2015

On 1st September 2015, the Air Tightness Testing and Measurement Association (ATTMA) introduced a mandatory lodgement process for all air pressure test data issued by ATTMA members. It is intended to ensure the quality of tests and avoid costly challenges to their validity by Building Control after the generation of Part L Compliance Checklists, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and CML.  Lodgement …

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Part Q and Secured by Design (SBD)

Posted on November 6th 2015

The recent launch of the Part Q Approved Document: Security – Dwellings on 1 October has, for the first time, introduced regulatory standards for preventing unauthorised access to dwellings. As per our article earlier this year, Part Q is essentially concerned with the security of doors and windows. The requirements of SBD Section 1 (development layout and design), elements of Section …

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BREEAM: Consider it Early

Posted on November 6th 2015

All versions of BREEAM include a significant number of ‘easy win’ time-dependent credits, which if not considered during an early RIBA design stage cannot later be awarded as part of the assessment. The early appointment of a BREEAM assessor is therefore crucial to a successful BREEAM assessment, particularly where the higher ratings are targeted. To achieve the desired BREEAM rating …

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