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Acoustic Considerations in Ventilation Strategies

Posted on July 17th 2018

When designing a building in a noisy environment the answer is often to design the building with windows closed and mechanical ventilation. However, perversely noise can be created from the ventilation systems if not designed appropriately. To ensure the ventilation system does not create unwanted noise levels the system should be designed to ensure the fans are the correct size …

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How we think the Heat Network CoP could be Improved

Posted on July 17th 2018

The “Heat Networks Code of Practice” for the UK, a guide produced by Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers in association with the Association for Decentralised Energy, has been, since its publishing in June 2015, the go-to document for consultants when advising clients on all things District Heating. The guide does a terrific job in raising issues and considerations that …

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How to get Higher Feed-in-Tariff Rates

Posted on July 17th 2018

To obtain the higher “Feed-in-Tariff” (FiT) rate for a renewable or low-carbon technology, a new dwelling needs to achieve an EPC rating of D or above which is issued before the commissioning date of the installation (the pre-EPC”). This “pre-EPC” does not include the expected PV and should be produced when the dwellings are nearing completion. Ideally the air permeability …

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BREEAM Achieved at new Mini & BMW Showroom in Royal Arsenal

Posted on July 17th 2018

We are pleased to announce that a BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out rating of ‘Very Good’ has successfully been achieved for Stephen James Group at Royal Arsenal Riverside. We were appointed to undertake a BREEAM fit out assessment for Stephen James Group, a BMW and MINI car dealership to satisfy requirements set by Berkeley Group. The unit is located within …

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Planning Success at Hanger Lane

Posted on June 28th 2018

Last week the Hanger Lane Gyratory student accommodation development secured resolution to grant at the London Borough of Ealing’s Planning Committee. We are delighted to have supported Hanger Lane Investments Ltd in devising an integrated Energy, Sustainability and Overheating strategy for the proposed development, which will provide 562 rooms with associated public and private amenity space, gym and retail elements …

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Thermal Bridging Easy Win for Cost Effective Part L Compliance

Posted on June 26th 2018

The Draft London Plan’s 10% target improvement over Part 2013 through energy efficiency measures prioritises fabric energy efficiency over low carbon and renewable energy technologies. Thermal bridging is an easy win for both fabric efficiency and CO2 targets. Switching from a default strategy to calculated psi-values – a combination of Accredited Construction Details and bespoke psi—value calculations – recently secured …

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Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and Air Quality – The new draft London Plan

Posted on June 26th 2018

The release of the draft new London Plan contains a number of significant and ambitious energy policy changes from the existing London Plan. In particular, the future of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) as the go-to energy source for communal heating is now unclear. The role of CHP has been subject to a very clear demotion in the communal heating …

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Planning Success for Oval Gas Works

Posted on June 26th 2018

We are delighted that the Oval Gas Works secured resolution to grant earlier this month at Lambeth’s Planning Committee. The high-profile mixed use development comprises of 738 residential units, 10,160 sqm of office space and 147 sqm of community space, and sees the careful restoration of the listed gasholder. We worked very closely with Berkeley Homes (Central London) to provide …

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Posted on May 24th 2018

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CMA Recommends Regulating Heat Networks

Posted on May 22nd 2018

According to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA), District Heating Networks still suffer from lack of transparency and high operational costs due to upfront cost cutting. To address these issues the CMA’s provisional view was that the sector should be regulated. A study conducted by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) in March 2013 identified Developers’ difficulty in …

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