Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

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. We are thrilled that our pro bono work …

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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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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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