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London Plan – Key implications of new energy policies

Posted on January 30th 2020

The Intend to Publish London Plan is expected to be adopted imminently. Here we summarise the key implications of the new energy policies: Energy efficiency Residential: 10% CO2 reduction over Part L 2013; Non-Residential: 15% CO2 reduction over Part L 2013; Using SAP10.1, instead of SAP2012, enables a slightly relaxed specification. Heat Networks The heating hierarchy remains where connecting to …

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Balancing Noise & Overheating: New AVO Guide

Posted on January 30th 2020

The recently published Acoustic, Ventilation and Overheating Residential Design Guide provides a process for balancing noise, ventilation and overheating for developments in areas with high noise levels. The aim of the guide is to provide a means of assessment that recognises the relationship between acoustics, ventilation and overheating. This single document consolidates guidance and legislation for all three of these …

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MCPD rules for district heating sites need early attention

Posted on January 30th 2020

Heat Networks need to address the recent Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) Regulations early to avoid having to make major changes including specification of key equipment. Any site operating combustion plant with capacity of at least 1MW will be affected. Strict emissions limits have been set for oxides of nitrogen, oxides of sulphur and dust. The requirement to comply could …

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Embodied Carbon – Small changes making a big difference

Posted on January 30th 2020

Climate change is a rapidly escalating emergency. To date, the focus of planning policy has been on reducing the amount of carbon generated to operate our buildings but now the focus is on those emissions within the building materials i.e. embodied carbon. Making small changes to the design of a building can have huge benefits when looking to reduce the …

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Heat Network Regulations – Time to Re-Notify

Posted on December 17th 2019

Heat networks which were first to notify the OPSS (formally the NMRO) back in 2015 and 2016 are now due to renotify. Under the Heat Network Regulations (2014), all heat suppliers have a duty to notify the OPSS of all operational heat networks. Each notification has a shelf life of four years, with notification templates seeking information relating to billing, …

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How to approach the whole life carbon requirements of the New London Plan

Posted on December 17th 2019

The draft New London Plan introduces a Policy (SI7) regarding the reduction of waste and implementation of circular economic principles. This promotes resource efficiency and innovation to keep products and materials at their highest use for as long as possible. The policy seeks to promote circular economy for developments and requires that referable applications provide a Circular Economy Statement to …

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Are heat pumps in housing developments a noise nuisance?

Posted on December 17th 2019

A move to an increase in the use of heat pumps following the release of the Future Homes Standard consultation may create acoustic issues that need to be designed out. The compressor and fans within heat pumps cause the main noise and vibration concerns. As air source heat pumps (whether for individual homes or part of a heat network) are …

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Berkeley Modular Factory achieves BREEAM Very Good

Posted on December 17th 2019

Berkeley Group’s new Modular Factory achieved a BREEAM Very Good rating this month reflecting the high standard to which Berkeley build even where there are no planning requirements. We were the licensed assessor and the Accredited Professional for the site, enabling us to facilitate the design team’s efforts to successfully schedule activities, set priorities and negotiate the trade-offs required to …

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Increase in BREEAM Fees

Posted on November 27th 2019

The BRE have announced an increase in BREEAM fees for all projects registered on or after Sunday 1st December 2019. This will affect all aspects of the BREEAM process including registration, certification and fast track certification, as set out below. BREEAM Communities: assessment registration fees have increased by 13% to £565. Certification fees are increasing by 13.2% to 13.4% based on …

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Health Impact Assessments for Planning

Posted on November 21st 2019

Many planning policies now require a report showing that the Health Impact of a scheme has been considered. A Health Impact Assessment details the capacity of doctor surgeries and dentists and examines daylight, sunlight and overheating within homes. It also looks at outdoor space and play areas and reviews the provision of public transport (cycling and safe pedestrian routes). Our …

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