Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Heat Networks Validation Engineering: planning your exit strategy

Posted on June 12th 2019

Heat networks are complex systems. From the physics of moving pressurised fluid to the chemistry of water quality, it can be challenging to make it all work. All too often these complexities end up being overlooked and at hand-over the acceptance criteria is reduced to “customers are getting hot water”. The price is heat losses, inefficiency, system malfunction and unhappy …

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Our Specialists Present on Post Occupancy Acoustics, Ventilation and Overheating at CIBSE Technical Symposium and IOA Conference

Posted on June 12th 2019

Our Building Performance Evaluation Specialist Kate Paxton and our Acoustic Specialist Kim Coleman each presented the findings of their individual research projects at the recent CIBSE Technical Symposium and IOA Acoustic Conference, respectively. Kate has undertaken detailed research into the ‘performance gap’ of simulated versus measured summertime thermal comfort performance of new build dwellings in London. Her presentation to CIBSE …

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What impact will ‘net zero’ emissions have on the construction industry?

Posted on June 12th 2019

Net zero greenhouse gas emissions is emerging as the next construction industry target. Net zero greenhouse gas emissions are when the sum of your activities are carbon emissions free. Achieving this is challenging. There are political, economic and technical barriers, but recent events have started to change this: Politically, the UK Parliament declared that we are experiencing a climate emergency. The …

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G59 to G99: Changes in mains protection

Posted on May 7th 2019

Currently most developments with a grid-connected electricity generating output (for example, combined heat and power and solar photovoltaics) are required to be G59 compliant. Updates to the Embedded Generator Regulations (EGR), which come into force on the 27th of April 2019 will place this requirement under the new G99 regime. The changes to the regulations will have minimal impact on …

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How to ensure your electric car charging prices are fit for purpose

Posted on April 29th 2019

Developments are required to install electric vehicle charging points at an ever increasing rate. This raises a question of how to determine a fair use charge. This is true for both public and private car parks. The service requirements of the Landlord Tenant Act may require considering if electric car charging forms part of a service charge. There are a …

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Planning Success for Co-Living Accommodation on A40 Western Avenue

Posted on April 29th 2019

Hodkinson Consultancy has successfully supported the planning application for the redevelopment of the Land South of Vardon Close on Western Avenue which secured resolution to grant last month. The proposed development in the London Borough of Ealing will provide co-living accommodation comprising of 335 rooms, 2,557sqm of communal space, external terrace areas, cycle parking, hard and soft landscaping and public …

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CEEQUAL – What’s changed?

Posted on April 29th 2019

Over the last 2 years, we have been successfully working on the BREEAM Infrastructure Assessment of HS2, with Project Detail certification expected by the summer. Through the assessment process HS2 have been able to integrate sustainability from the outset of the project and it will allow them to continue to work with contractors to ensure that sustainable outcomes are achieved. …

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Low Carbon Heat Networks – Is the Future Ambient?

Posted on March 12th 2019

As electricity decarbonises, the successful incorporation of heat pumps into heat networks is one route by which decarbonisation of heat can be achieved. One means of realising this is to use an ambient temperature loop. The ‘loop’ can be fed by waste heat, bodies of water such as rivers, the ground, or centralised heat pumps and is typically maintained at …

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Does your development answer the Committee on Climate Change’s new future fitness test?

Posted on March 12th 2019

The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) report titled UK housing: Fit for the future? gives us a lot to consider. The report lobbies government departments to act further against the impacts of climate change related to the housing sector. They highlight the following themes: Climate proofing existing houses; Capacity building for compliance officers; Improving skills for installing renewables; Prioritise retrofitting …

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BEIS provides funding for private heat networks – can your project benefit?

Posted on March 12th 2019

The Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) provides a new funding opportunity for private sector sponsors and owners of heat networks. The Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has made £320 million available to create a self-sustaining heat networks market in the form of grants and loans. For private developers with eligible schemes, funding is most likely to be …

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