Glazing Implications of Part L1A 2013

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 [...]

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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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Major changes to environmental management on the way

  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 [...]

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

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, [...]

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Practice Update

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 [...]

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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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The Increasing Importance of Thermal Bridging

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 [...]

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Emerging Housing Standards in England – a Comparison

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 [...]

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Green Materials – The Environmental Product Declaration

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 [...]

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What might a delay of the new Part L mean for London Plan Policy?

New guidance for Part L of the Building Regulations is late, and there are mounting industry concerns that the next version of the Regulations may not come into force until April 2014.  A delay will have knock-on effects for any planning policies predicated on the Government’s zero carbon homes timetable. An example is the London [...]

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Hodkinson Consultancy is working on 4 of the Top 10 Regeneration projects in the UK

Earlier this year, Planning magazine published the list of the top regeneration projects in the UK for 2013. Hodkinson Consultancy is proud to be working on 4 of the top 10 – this includes Nine Elms on the South Bank which is top of the list. The other schemes we are working on in the [...]

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BREEAM Communities – 2013 update

BREEAM Communities was re-launched in 2012, with the new scheme providing a more straight-forward, deliverable assessment methodology that ties in more closely to the new planning framework in England and Wales. Hodkinson Consultancy is certified to undertake BREEAM Communities assessments with the new methodology. BREEAM Communities aims to assess and improve the sustainability of developments, [...]

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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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A BREEAM Accredited Professional Adds Value

BREEAM Accredited Professional is a qualification provided, certified and accredited by the BRE. Involving a BREEAM Accredited Professional in your projects ensure that there is a qualified member of the project team who has specialist skills in sustainability and environmental design combined with a high level of competence in the BREEAM assessment process. Our proactive [...]

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Cutting energy, carbon dioxide and costs during construction

For most construction sites, there is significant potential for improving resource efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. We are keen to assist our clients to make these improvements and gain cost savings during the construction process. Gathering reliable data is crucial in setting out an effective CO2 emissions reduction strategy. New fuel management systems [...]

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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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Planning implications for schemes with large water using features

There are advantages and disadvantages of incorporating large water-using features into landscape designs. On the one hand water features add amenity value, ecological value and can be used as a technique for attenuating surface water run-off. On the other hand they usually require large volumes of water and can often consume large amounts of energy. [...]

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BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment and Planning

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 [...]

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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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NEW – BREEAM Simple Buildings Manual and Criteria Released

Following our article last month introducing BREEAM Simple Buildings, the new guidance was released by BRE on 13th March 2013. After reviewing the criteria within this new BREEAM scheme we think this is a positive change for our clients. Many small commercial units within larger schemes could now be assessed using this cheaper and simpler [...]

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