Flooding in London

Regionally, London has the highest number of people at risk from flooding. In the Greater London area, there are 542,000 properties and around one million people located in the floodplain. Although London has the largest number of people at risk (458,000), 18% of properties at risk in London are in areas with a low chance of [...]

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Our work along the River Thames

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 [...]

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BREEAM and Code Design Stage Assessments Before Construction

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 [...]

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Pre completion checks for BREEAM, Code and Energy Performance Certificates

The final as-built check is often the most difficult part of any certification process. This is often the point at which any changes from design stage certification come to light with the additional complication of short timescales and commercial pressures during the handover process. The difficulty assessors face is that the required documentation needs to [...]

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Secured by Design and the location of letter boxes

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 [...]

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Aircrete block supply chain challenges

Aircrete concrete blocks are often at the centre of fabric energy efficiency strategies and a crucial part of the specification for Part L and Code for Sustainable Homes (Code) compliance.  This summer has seen a significant shortage of certain types of aircrete blocks with many buyers attempting to overcome the supply chain issue by sourcing [...]

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Richard Hodkinson Consultancy receives award from BRE

On the 3rd of June, Richard Hodkinson Consultancy received an award from BRE for certifying the largest number of Code for Sustainable Homes dwellings in the past year. 1,979 Post Construction certificates were issued for the period between April 2012 and March 2013. This is a fantastic achievement for the company and one that represents [...]

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The Technical Housing Standards Review and the NPPF

An announcement from the Technical Housing Standards Review Panel is anticipated imminently which we hope will signal improvements to the relevance and compliance efficiency for the currently wide range of housing related standards. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in March 2012. As we reported last month, the 12 month transitional arrangements formally ended [...]

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We extend our work on Europe’s largest regeneration project

Hampton House – Nine Elms 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 [...]

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Code 4 – Responsible Sourcing of Materials for Cost Effective Credits

Now that many developments are required to achieve Code Level 4, it is becoming more apparent that the inclusion of MAT 2 and MAT 3 credits can make a significant and cost effective contribution to overall scores. These credits aim to promote the responsible sourcing of materials in both basic and finishing building elements. A [...]

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2012 for Richard Hodkinson Consultancy

The past 12 months has seen continued growth within the practice, both in personnel and work output. The following provides a quick review of the successes for Richard Hodkinson Consultancy in 2012. One of the more significant changes in the year has been the development of new services. This has benefitted our clients by offering [...]

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Looking forward to 2013

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 [...]

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Changes to Considerate Constructors Scheme 2013

Over the past 3 years the Considerate Constructors Scheme has undergone a thorough review.  As a result Considerate Constructors felt that the scheme should be more challenging to the industry but still remain accessible.  The changes will be taking effect from 1st January 2013 and will include a new code of conduct, new checklist and [...]

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BREEAM Surface Water Runoff on Code for Sustainable Homes Sites

Design teams working on mixed-use sites assessed under both the Code and BREEAM need to apply caution before assuming that a Code compliant flood risk and drainage strategy will automatically qualify for the equivalent credits under BREEAM.  Whilst BREEAM and Code surface water runoff and flood risk credits appear similar, there are some key differences [...]

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Running costs of energy in a Code Level 4 home

Meeting higher sustainability standards, such as Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, does not necessarily mean lower energy costs to residents. The strategy adopted to achieve these higher standards can have a significant impact. It is possible for energy running costs to be increased if inappropriate strategies are adopted. We have examined the estimated energy [...]

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Winners of Southwark Council competition tender for Elmington sites C, D, E & G

Richard Hodkinson Consultancy have assisted Bellway Homes and Family Mosaic in being selected as The London Borough of Southwark’s development partner for the four phases at Elmington Sites C, D, E & G. The project will form part of the on-going comprehensive regeneration of the Elmington Estate, by providing 226 dwellings, in an approach that [...]

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Lifetime Homes – is it practical?

Lifetime Homes is a housing quality standard consisting of 16 design criteria. It was developed in the 1990s to set a range of principles for good housing design that maximises utility, independence and quality of life. The 16 design criteria consider ‘visit-ability’ of the property as well as the potential future needs of the homeowner. [...]

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The Code as a Pathfinder

This article looks at areas in construction where advances have been made since the Code for Sustainable Homes was launched in late 2006. Environmental information on building products is now routinely available to respond to the assessment requirements. The Code has required a consistent response from the supply chain. Building Fabric and Energy Performance The [...]

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Electric heating for Code for Sustainable Homes level 4

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. [...]

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Importance of selecting white goods for the Code

It’s about both energy and water use The Code for Sustainable Homes requires that washing machines and dishwashers achieve an “A” rating under the EU Energy Efficiency Labelling Scheme and tumble driers and washer driers achieve a “B” rating in order to achieve credits under ENE 5 Energy Labelled White Goods. However, what is sometimes [...]

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