Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Hodkinson Consultancy on study trip to Denmark

Posted on March 15th 2017

Donald Sinclair and Matthew Bailey from Hodkinson Consultancy recently took part in a 3 day study trip to Denmark to study their use of district heating. The aim of the trip was to learn how best to design, construct and operate district heating from a country where around 60% of buildings are connected to a heat network, more than ten …

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What is the Strategic Ecology Framework?

Posted on March 15th 2017

The Strategic Ecological Framework (SEF) is a pioneering methodology which is currently being developed by the BRE to assess ecology related criteria across all of its UK’s BREEAM schemes. This new approach is necessary to ensure that the BREEAM’s approach to ecological assessment remain current and up to date. The methodology itself has remained largely unchanged since 1998 and it …

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Dual Aspects, Single Aspects & Internal Daylighting

Posted on March 15th 2017

Often Local Planning Authorities require an internal daylighting analysis to be undertaken for proposed new dwellings, aiming to prove that future occupants will experience high quality naturally lit spaces. The most dominant metric is the Average Daylight Factor (ADF), which is stated in the British Standard 8206-2:2008 Code of Practice for Daylighting. An emerging approach for assessing internal daylighting is …

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Royal Arsenal Riverside – What’s next?

Posted on March 15th 2017

We have been involved with Berkeley Homes’ Royal Arsenal Riverside development (RAR) in Woolwich for over 10 years, and look forward to our continuing involvement with the scheme, ensuring it remains a sustainable community. Construction at RAR is set to continue until 2030 with more homes and commercial spaces to be built over a series of phases. One of these …

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Planning Success in Westminster

Posted on February 16th 2017

We are delighted to have supported Bouygues UK in devising an integrated Energy Strategy for the proposed refurbishment of a hotel into 18 homes within a conservation area in the City of Westminster. 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens is one of five projects globally to have been shortlisted for the prodigious BREEAM Awards 2017. Hodkinson Consultancy were instructed to devise an …

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BREEAM 2018 – Consultation now underway

Posted on February 16th 2017

The BRE aim to review and update the BREEAM UK New Construction manual and standards every three to four years, this is done to ensure that it remains current and up to date. As the last manual was released in early 2014 they are now undergoing preparations for the updated New Construction manual. Consultation for this manual is underway with …

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Planning Success for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Posted on February 16th 2017

Hodkinson Consultancy is delighted to have supported the successful planning application for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in Barnet. Noah’s Ark currently supports around 150 children and their families at home and in the community. The new hospice building will enable the charity to care for more than 450 children and their families. The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice is a charity …

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Housing White Paper – Overheating?

Posted on February 16th 2017

The long awaited Housing White Paper was published on 7th February 2017. We are pleased to note that the Government is consulting on proposals to amend the list of climate change factors set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to include rising temperatures. Over time this would result in more consideration of overheating at planning stage. These requirements …

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Can Daylight Standards be met Without Overheating?

Posted on February 6th 2017

We are constantly faced with the need to balance solar gain in a dwelling to maximise internal daylight standards, whilst at the same time minimising overheating risk. Large glazed areas and glazing with high transmittance are required to achieve high levels of natural daylight. Reduced glazing areas, effective solar shading and darker glass are most desirable to mitigate against overheating. …

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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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