Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Ongoing Planning Success for Hounslow Projects

Posted on December 4th 2014

Detailed planning consent has been granted recently for the development by United House of Site B, New Heston Road in the London Borough of Hounslow. We were appointed by United House to prepare the Energy Statement, Sustainability Statement and Daylight & Sunlight Report for the detailed planning application submitted in August of this year. The scheme, which has been developed in …

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New BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit-out Scheme is Launched

Posted on December 4th 2014

The benefits of the new 2014 Refurbishment and Fit-out Scheme include a more flexible approach to the BREEAM assessment. This ensures that the assessment is tailored to the scope of the project. Credits Ene 03 (External lighting), Mat 01 (Life cycle impacts) and Wst 03 (Operational waste) appear more straightforward to achieve. Certain credits will be more difficult to achieve, …

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Christmas Tree Facts

Posted on December 4th 2014

An artificial tree has a carbon footprint twice that of a real tree. Crops of Christmas trees can be grown on “recycled” land. The Norway Spruce is the most popular species of Christmas tree in the UK. The cones of the tree are a favourite amongst red squirrels. A 4ft tree holds approximately 150,000 needles. Real trees carry mold spores …

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Sizing Radiators for Energy Efficient Homes

Posted on December 4th 2014

Recent work has shown that it may be possible to reduce radiator sizes by 35-50%, if heat losses are properly assessed and modern ventilation strategies fully considered. The development of energy efficient, increasingly airtight homes has reduced the heating demand of properties considerably. However, despite this evolution in sustainable buildings, radiators in new developments are still being specified to meet …

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New Overheating Guidance from GLA will have Substantial Impact on Building Design

Posted on December 4th 2014

The Greater London Authority (GLA) are about to release an updated version of their ‘Guidance on Preparing Energy Assessments’ which will include a specific requirement for dynamic thermal modelling at the detailed planning stage to quantify the risk of overheating under current and future climate scenarios. CIBSE guides TM52 (2013) and TM49 (2014) should be used for the analysis. Further …

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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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