Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

COVID 19: How we are responding

Posted on March 17th 2020

We want to reassure our clients that we have implemented a remote working facility for all of our staff to enable us to properly deliver our services in these unprecedented times. We have implemented a range of strategies to help deal with the impact of the Coronavirus, ensuring we continue to successfully deliver projects. Our robust IT and governance systems …

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How bespoke thermal bridging calculations can help your project

Posted on March 4th 2020

Calculating heat losses resulting from thermal bridges is one of the only ways to improve SAP calculations without the need to re-design any aspect of the building, making the price per carbon of this process very low. This is because SAP punishes the lack of calculations by assuming very high values for the thermal bridging heat loss. So, to ensure …

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Project Success for Berkeley East Thames at the Royal Arsenal

Posted on March 4th 2020

We recently completed our Energy and Sustainability work on the The Officers’ House and the Royal Carriage Factory at the historic Royal Arsenal site in Woolwich. We conducted three different types of BREEAM assessment on the Grade II listed buildings, each assessment bespoke to the works being conducted, achieving Excellent for the refurbished dwellings, Good for the Refurbished commercial units …

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Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) – A Reduction in Income from PV

Posted on March 4th 2020

A new arrangement for small-scale renewables is in most instances expected to result in generators receiving less income than would have been available to similar-sized installations previously. The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), having come into force from January 1st 2020, has been introduced following last year’s closure of the Feed in Tariff (FIT) scheme to new entrants. All existing FIT …

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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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