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First Year of Zero Carbon Policy Experience

Posted on November 16th 2017

It has been one year since the implementation of the ‘Zero Carbon Homes’ standard by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as of 1st October 2017. As ‘Zero Carbon Homes’ has been defined as part of Policy 5.2 of the London Plan, it expects all major residential developments to achieve a 35% reduction over Part L 2013 on site, with the …

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

Posted on November 16th 2017

As stated in ‘The Private Rented Property Minimum Standard’, from April 1st 2018, landlords of Domestic and Non-Domestic properties in England and Wales will need to demonstrate compliance with minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES), as defined above, in order to be able to rent them or renew tenancies. Domestic and Non-Domestic buildings will be subject to the following requirements: from …

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Homeowners Demand Thermal Imaging to Support Higher Standards

Posted on November 16th 2017

Homeowners are becoming increasingly aware of build quality issues within their new homes. In a number of instances, occupiers have had a thermal imaging survey undertaken to demonstrate areas of poorly fitted insulation within the property. To combat these issues, we recommend undertaking sample thermal imaging surveys on a selection of plots across a site to ensure continuity of insulation …

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Enabling Construction underway at Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea

Posted on November 16th 2017

Construction work is underway at Prince of Wales Drive, an ambitious residential led scheme by St William Homes LLP in Battersea. Our approach has been to engage early with the design team in order to develop a façade strategy that optimises the energy strategy with overheating risk and natural daylight availability. Overheating is a customer experience issue and one that …

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London’s Draft Solar Action Plan Promotes PV Panels Through Planning

Posted on October 11th 2017

The draft London Solar Action Plan was published by the Mayor of London for consultation on 11th August. It sets out a key target to encourage more solar energy installations through the planning system, including for new development and retrofitted on existing buildings. The new draft London Plan, to be published in November this year, will continue to encourage major …

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Planning Success at Trent Park

Posted on October 11th 2017

We are delighted to have supported Berkeley Homes (North East London) Ltd in devising an integrated energy and overheating strategy for the proposed residential development at Trent Park in the London Borough of Enfield. The development will provide 232 new flats and houses, and include the refurbishment of an existing Grade II Listed Mansion House and Stable Block to provide …

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Changing Specifications for Non-Combustible Insulation and Cladding

Posted on October 11th 2017

In response to heightened focus on the insulation and cladding used in developments, many of our clients have changed Phenolic and PIR insulation to non-combustible insulation, and metal cladding to non-metal alternatives. This trend is being observed even on buildings less than 18m tall due to increased caution on insulation and cladding. Changing the insulation product has a number of …

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Draft London Housing Strategy Promotes Quality and Safety

Posted on October 11th 2017

The Mayor of London published his draft London Housing Strategy for consultation in September, 2017. The document makes it clear that the quality and safety of new homes is a key priority for the Mayor, and that London’s housing design standards will be consolidated into a single new planning document. Strict accessibility and space standards will be implemented, ensuring more …

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Charity Football Tournament Raises Over £50,000

Posted on October 11th 2017

The Hodkinson Consultancy team from left to right: Chris Forster, Jonathan Peck, Thomas Gwilliam, Russell Hodgson, Georgios Koronaios, Igor Esteves, Donald Sinclair . Employees from Hodkinson Consultancy took part in the Annual Berkeley Foundation  5-a-side football tournament in South East London to raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children . Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides vital care and support to …

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Performance evaluation for better buildings

Posted on September 13th 2017

Undertaking Building Performance Evaluation has many practical applications for improving operational performance, increasing levels of customer satisfaction, and feedback into the design process for future developments. We are increasingly finding that metered heat consumption within community heating schemes varies widely from what is expected. Monitoring this data alongside surveys of building occupants has demonstrated that improvements could be made in …

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