Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Glazing Implications of Part L1A 2013

Posted on March 31st 2014

Glazing is already a key focus area for environmental assessment, driving internal daylight levels, thermal comfort, and overheating risk.  Our initial assessment using Part L 2013 shows the increasing importance of early consideration of the energy and CO2 impacts of glazing design. The strategic issue is that the benchmark notional building used in SAP 2012 requires high thermal efficiency through …

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Energy Efficient Street Lighting as an Allowable Solution?

Posted on January 6th 2014

The emerging requirements for allowable Solutions will be an extra cost to housing developers. In addition to potentially being a cheaper alternative to Allowable Solution payments, by providing on-site Allowable Solutions, developers can realise a benefit from this cost. Allowable Solutions are expected to be necessary to achieve the ‘zero carbon home’ standard that is proposed to be required by …

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Practice Update

Posted on October 9th 2013

Over the past two months we have continued to strengthen our specialist team.  Charlotte Booth has returned to us after completing her MSc in Building Energy and Environmental Performance at Cardiff University. Charlotte has been joined by two new energy graduates, Scott Caldwell and Declan Price. Scott has recently graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology and Declan from Nottingham University. These …

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The Increasing Importance of Thermal Bridging

Posted on September 23rd 2013

Thermal modelling of construction details is a key tool for developers seeking to comply with the new fabric standards for Part L 2013 and address the technical concern of surface condensation risk. This will become increasingly valuable when statutory fabric performance requirements are introduced in April 2014. Using 2D and 3D thermal modelling software, we are able to assess construction …

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The use of new simulation techniques for building design optimisation

Posted on July 29th 2013

As heightening legislative pressures demand significant improvements to building performance standards, we face growing challenges when attempting to design low energy buildings within escalating design and budget constraints. Designers are therefore faced with the task of striking a balance between competing objectives. Richard Hodkinson Consultancy is currently undertaking research to test a method for establishing the optimal façade design of …

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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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Kim Coleman joins us to extend our BREEAM services

Posted on April 10th 2013

Kim Coleman has recently joined our BREEAM team to further enhance this growing service. Kim brings with her a wide range of technical experience from BRE and Carillion. Our BREEAM team are able to undertake the full range of BREEAM assessments. Coupled with the BREEAM work we can also carry out energy assessments and modelling work for commercial buildings. Recent …

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The Benefits of Dynamic Simulation Energy Modelling at Concept Design Stage

Posted on February 25th 2013

A recent dynamic simulation exercise for a client has highlighted the importance of early consideration of a “joined-up” building services and fabric strategy. This ensures an optimised heating solution delivers comfort and acceptable running costs. The use of our dynamic simulation energy modelling software greatly improved the accuracy of this process over standard SBEM compliance modelling. We have been working …

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The Value of Energy Modelling

Posted on February 18th 2013

  Over the past twelve months, Richard Hodkinson Consultancy has invested significant resources developing our energy modelling capabilities to assist our clients. We use 3D modeling software tools such as DesignBuilder and Hevacomp for strategic heating design, cooling design, HVAC simulation, overheating assessments, daylight and sunlight analysis. SBEM Part L Compliance: DesignBuilder uses data such as the energy consumption, carbon …

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Running costs of energy in a Code Level 4 home

Posted on September 27th 2012

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 costs for different energy strategies …

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