Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Planning Success at White City

Posted on June 16th 2015

On the 19th May 2015 the London Borough and Hammersmith and Fulham resolved to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the Marks and Spencer warehouse site in White City site with Members voting unanimously in favour of the application. We are delighted to have contributed to this recent planning success and extremely pleased to have been able to work …

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How is Planning Responding to the Need to Adapt to Climate Change?

Posted on June 16th 2015

Even with current reductions in CO2 emissions, adaptation is required to tackle the expected changes in our climate. The UK Government requires that local planning authorities play a key role in ensuring new development deals with the issue. Amongst the effects of climate change, three key impacts have been identified: Flooding: The cost of damage from flooding to residential properties …

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Incorporating Passivhaus Design Principles

Posted on June 4th 2015

Passivhaus homes are known for their high quality, low energy approach. The results consistently receive positive customer feedback. Certification requires the assessment of the As-Built home, ensuring that design intentions are realised, something that is commonly highlighted as a major issue with standard Part L compliance. Homeowners report liking Passivhaus buildings due to the low energy bills and because their …

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Heat Trust Scheme Launched as Best Practice for Community Energy

Posted on June 3rd 2015

The Heat Trust has recently been formally established by the Association for District Energy (ADE) to provide a common standard in the service quality and level of protection given by community heating suppliers to customers. We fully support the Heat Trust in their goals and hope that they are able to provide customers with confidence in what is a relatively …

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How Does The New Part M Compare to Existing Requirements?

Posted on May 14th 2015

The Approved Document Part M (Access To and Use of Buildings), 2015 edition was published in March 2015, coming into effect 1 October. This now incorporates optional tiered requirements, with higher tiers set through planning policy. We welcome the new regulated approach to improved accessibility standards, but concerns remain about the implementation of the new standards with variations in requirements. Our Table presents …

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Twickenham House, Heath Road, Twickenham – Planning Application Approved

Posted on May 14th 2015

We are pleased to announce that the application for a new residential and commercial development on a brownfield site in Heath Road, Twickenham by Axiom Land was recently granted planning consent subject to a Section 106 agreement. We prepared Energy and Sustainability Statements to support the application. The development includes 21 new homes made up of private and affordable units, …

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GLA Energy Statement Guidance April 2015 Strengthens Requirements

Posted on May 14th 2015

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has recently issued a revised version of their guidance on the preparation of Energy Statements for planning applications. This introduces a number of important new issues that are expected to be covered as part of a planning application. These include: – Retention of the 35% Regulated CO2 reduction target over Part L (2013). This is …

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Equipment Sizing Critical to District Energy Performance

Posted on May 14th 2015

Sizing of heating and cooling systems is critical to maximising operational efficiency. Experience has shown that many systems are oversized due to a lack of precision during the design. Dynamic thermal modelling is essential in order to accurately predict a building’s heating and cooling loads. Dynamic simulations use real-life weather data to predict how the building will thermally interact with …

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Retrofitting Domestic Buildings

Posted on April 15th 2015

  Refurbishment of existing homes to improve energy efficiency not only helps to address CO2 requirements under the Climate Change Act but also has significant impacts on resident energy bills. We have analysed the impact of a range of energy efficient refurbishment measures for existing homes. Focusing effort on roof insulation and new boilers are expected to be the most …

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Ministerial Statement, Housing Standards Review, 25 March 2015

Posted on April 15th 2015

DCLG recently announced that local planning authorities should not set policies relating to the construction, internal layout or performance of new dwellings in their local plans. In summary the Statement confirmed: The Code for Sustainable Homes is being formally withdrawn. Legacy cases, including projects with planning conditions or signed S106 requiring specific Code levels, or with funding requirements for the …

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