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BREEAM Communities Certification Demonstrates Sustainability to Eastleigh Borough Council

Posted on March 4th 2014

We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved our first BREEAM Communities certification at Crowdhill Green, Fair Oak, in Eastleigh Borough Council. Working closely with Bloor Homes and the Highwood Group, both of whom demonstrated a strong commitment to BREEAM Communities from the outset, the BREEAM Communities Step 1 process was undertaken in parallel with the Outline planning …

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Assessing Existing Buildings with BREEAM In-Use

Posted on January 16th 2014

  BREEAM In-Use is an environmental assessment method for existing non-domestic buildings whereby buildings are assessed using a standard methodology through an independent certification process. The aim of BREEAM In-Use is to identify sections of a property portfolio that is under-performing and will benefit from refurbishment or improvements in management practices. Carrying out this assessment promotes positive changes in the …

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Our work along the River Thames

Posted on December 4th 2013

Over the past 5 years, we have been involved in some of the most significant developments along the River Thames, extending from Isleworth to Woolwich. This includes over 8,000 dwellings and a wide range of non-residential uses in 13 different developments. Through working on these projects we have gained specialist knowledge and skills through planning and assessment work. Riverside developments …

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Investors in People Silver Award

Posted on December 3rd 2013

We have been awarded the “Silver” standard from Investors in People for developing our team of environmental and energy specialists. This national assessment standard was tough to achieve. The assessor highlighted the extent and depth of professional training available to everyone in the company. Investors in People provided us with an assessment framework from which we obtained very helpful feedback …

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BREEAM and Code Design Stage Assessments Before Construction

Posted on November 18th 2013

Developments which are required to achieve BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes ratings should consider their requirements as early as possible. It is essential that pre-assessments are included within the feasibility stage of the development. The design must incorporate all of the required criteria ensuring minimal impact on the development and reducing the risk of the rating not being achieved …

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Major changes to environmental management on the way

Posted on November 4th 2013

  In 18 months’ time, the revised version of the international standard for Environmental Management Systems, ISO 14001, will be published.  The changes are likely to have a major impact on organisations which are currently certified. To date, Environmental Management Systems (EMS) have focussed on managing an organisation’s impact on the environment.  Part of the new standard will reverse this perspective …

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A successful 10 years at St Mary’s Island, Chatham

Posted on October 14th 2013

Our recent appointment on the latest phase on St Mary’s Island, Chatham, with Countryside Properties plc extends our involvement in one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK. Our involvement in the project began in early 2000s and is currently our longest standing project, an achievement we are very proud of. In that time, we have successfully certified over …

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Emerging Housing Standards in England – a Comparison

Posted on September 3rd 2013

Within the last fortnight two strategic policy documents have been published in England: the London Plan Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance on Sustainable Design and Construction (published by the Greater London Authority) and the conclusions of the Housing Standards Review, setting out new Nationally Described Standards, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Both these documents are currently subject …

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Green Materials – The Environmental Product Declaration

Posted on August 26th 2013

The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a standardised way of measuring the environmental impact of a product, it includes verified information on the procurement of the raw materials, energy use and efficiency, content of materials and chemical substances, emissions to air, soil and water and waste generation.  It reports the results of a product Life Cycle Assessment and is classified …

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Secured by Design and the location of letter boxes

Posted on August 14th 2013

We have recent experience in not achieving Secured by Design (SBD) in apartment blocks where letter boxes have not been located in an isolated lobby, separate from a further secure lobby (with access to dwellings). This is aimed to design out direct unauthorised access to dwelling entrances by deliverers. Where this has not been properly designed, developments are failing to …

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