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Updates to BREEAM Fees

Posted on June 14th 2017

The BRE are increasing the BREEAM registration and certification fees, as of 1st July. If your projects are registered before 30th June the current charges will apply. For UK New Construction, the following registration and certification fees will apply after 1st July: Further changes are: BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit Out registration fees are increasing from £195 to £250. Home …

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Changes to BREEAM and HQM Assessment Fees

Posted on April 28th 2017

The BRE typically update their scheme fees every two or three years and the last fee change for many of the schemes was back in July 2014. Scheme fees are changing in the following versions: Notably the biggest changes are as follows: Registration fees are increasing from £195 to £250 for New Construction and Refurb and Fit Out assessments HQM …

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UKGBC Releases Technical Papers on Health and Wellbeing in Homes – with the help of Hodkinson Consultancy

Posted on April 4th 2017

With the help of our technical input, the UK Green Building Council has recently launched a suite of technical papers on health and wellbeing in homes. This builds on their Health and Wellbeing in Homes report launched in July last year, to which Hodkinson Consultancy was a key contributor. The papers build on the guidance provided in the full report, …

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Improving Build Quality through Post Occupancy Evaluation

Posted on January 13th 2017

We currently monitor buildings for a number of our clients to provide valuable feedback on post-occupancy performance, to ensure that lessons are learnt going forwards and that the most efficient arrangements are used for future projects. This improves the overall performance of buildings, minimises the performance gap, and ensures that buildings operate effectively for their occupants. Post occupancy evaluation (POE) …

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Environmental Performance Considerations when Selecting Glazing

Posted on January 13th 2017

Glazing is usually one of the most expensive packages within the construction process. It is therefore essential that all glazing requirements are considered and appropriate glazing specified to secure best value. The main issues to consider with glazing are: Acoustic levels Daylighting Levels Solar Heating Thermal Efficiency Acoustic Glazing  To meet acoustic requirements set out in BS8233:2014 acoustic glazing is …

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Christmas Quiz 2016 Winner Announced

Posted on December 23rd 2016

We are delighted to announce that the winner of our 2016 Christmas quiz is Alan Chitson of Grainger PLC. Alan generously nominated the Step by Step charity to receive our £500 donation, a charity that work with homeless young people and those facing adversity to help them to achieve their full potential. Thank you to all those who took part and congratulations to everyone else …

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Christmas Quiz

Posted on December 7th 2016

The winner of our quiz will be able to nominate a charity to receive a £500 donation from us. The Christmas tree has been a tradition in which country since 700 AD? France Germany Spain What year was H.M. Queen’s Christmas speech first broadcast on television? 1957 1958 1959 Sir Henry Cole is credited with introducing the world to which …

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Improve Thermal Bridging to Reduce Wall Thickness

Posted on December 7th 2016

Thermal bridging analysis offers a cost-effective way to achieve carbon dioxide reduction targets required by many planning authorities, as well as the fabric targets required by Part L. We have recently helped a client reduce wall thickness from 360mm to 290mm by offering advanced thermal bridging analysis (equivalent to a U-value relaxation from 0.16 W/m2K to 0.2 W/m2K), as well …

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Shelter Launches Living Home Standard

Posted on December 6th 2016

Last month, the housing and homelessness charity Shelter launched their new Living Home Standard which aims to be the housing equivalent of the Living Wage. It outlines the minimum requirements that should be expected of a home in order to secure wellbeing and provide a secure foundation from which people can live and build their lives. The standard can be …

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Specialist Advice for Community Heating

Posted on December 6th 2016

Over the past two months we have successfully assisted our clients on eight developments in London to tender and award £8.54m of district heating contracts. The scope of the contracts included: Design & Build of Energy Centres and heat networks; Operation, maintenance and customer services of completed plant rooms and heat networks. Whilst the scope of the individual tenders varied, …

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