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Ventilating dwellings in noise exposed areas

Posted on May 6th 2013

Developers must carefully consider the technical impacts of any planning requirements which preclude the use of openable windows in residential developments.  The limited technical solutions currently available mean that any such requirements will severely constrain the ventilation strategy and have a direct impact on Part L1A CO2 compliance. Where planning requirements for developments in areas with significant noise exposure preclude …

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Nuisance Pluming from Flues

Posted on February 4th 2013

In addition to the emission of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), flue gases from modern single dwelling boilers and Energy Centres boiler flues can be very visible. Whilst not in itself harmful to humans, the visible nature of plumes may be of concern to residents and is therefore a customer care issue. Careful consideration of the location of flues and the …

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Part F and drying clothes indoors

Posted on November 27th 2012

  Many new homes, particularly flats, are being designed without adequate facilities for drying laundry. A study in Scotland, by the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit, showed that 87% of households dry their clothes indoors during the heating season, with 64% drying laundry on or near heating sources. The average amount of moisture produced in the home is 5-10 litres …

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CHP versus biomass: air quality

Posted on May 16th 2011

On many of our projects we are faced with a choice between Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and biomass boilers as the best way to achieve reductions in CO2. There is a widely held view that biomass is bad and CHP is good in terms of air quality. Oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter are both pollutants of concern. …

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