Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

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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BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment and Planning

Posted on April 15th 2013

Existing buildings are currently responsible for approximately 27% of CO2 emissions produced in the UK. With local planning authorities updating their policies to reflect the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), in the absence of the adopted local plan, the use of BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment is expected to increase significantly. Paragraph 95 of the NPPF states that: “To support the move …

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We extend our work on Europe’s largest regeneration project

Posted on April 10th 2013

Following our work through the planning process, Richard Hodkinson Consultancy has recently been appointed to continue involvement on this high-quality mixed-use scheme.  We are to provide a range of environmental assessments through the design and build program. The Nine Elms project, on the south bank of the Thames, is the largest regeneration project in Europe.    Figure 1 – Hampton …

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Looking forward to 2013

Posted on December 19th 2012

Planning The wider adoption of Community Infrastructure Charging Schedules (the use of planning obligations will be more restricted from April 2014); The expiration on 27 March 2013 of the 12-month NPPF transitional period, designed to allow some protection for existing local plans depending on the date of their adoption, even where there is a limited degree of conflict with the …

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CASE STUDY: CHP viability in domestic scenarios

Posted on September 3rd 2012

  In line with the London Plan, energy supply through CHP is becoming the norm in new London developments. The Mayor has introduced mandatory use of CHP in developments of 500+ dwellings through planning guidelines. Nonetheless, Richard Hodkinson Consultancy is experiencing an increasing number of London based Local Authorities demanding CHP on new residential developments, even on schemes as small …

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Delivery of district heating on phased developments – things to consider

Posted on August 22nd 2012

District heat networks (generally with CHP) are increasingly common for medium and large scale developments in order to provide the CO2 reductions necessary for planning policy and Building Regulations compliance. Delivery of these networks on phased developments is complex. For effective delivery, it is important to consider a number of issues at an early stage. 1.       Early development of a …

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Assessment of thermal mass gives Part L 2010 advantage

Posted on June 28th 2012

A review of the treatment of thermal mass under Building Regulations Part L1a suggests that, rather than relying on default assumptions, there is an advantage to be gained by undertaking an individual dwelling assessment. The results of a thermal mass parameter assessment are similar for a range of house types on the same development. This gives comfort that the approach …

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Electric heating for Code for Sustainable Homes level 4

Posted on June 21st 2012

The 25% dwelling emission rate (DER) improvement over Part L1A 2010 CO2 standards required for Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 compliance is being achievable via multiple routes. These have focussed on the use of decentralised energy, heat pump technology, or high efficiency gas boilers, with further CO2 reductions through the use of renewable technologies. In this note we examine …

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Carbon Reduction Commitment reports

Posted on May 23rd 2012

It’s going to be a busy few weeks for businesses involved in the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme. All annual Carbon Reduction Commitment reports and evidence for the 2011/12 financial year must be submitted by the last working day of July. However, many companies will have only just received annual energy statements from their suppliers, so the coming weeks …

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Energy improvements at Parkview and Sunrise Estate

Posted on April 30th 2012

  We were recently commissioned to carry out an Energy Audit for a community led refurbishment project in the London Borough of Havering. The aim of the project was to ensure that any future upgrades to the energy performance of the three 1960s tower blocks on the Parkview and Sunrise Estate are undertaken to the best advantage of residents. The …

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