Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Pre completion checks for BREEAM, Code and Energy Performance Certificates

Posted on October 1st 2013

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 be in place prior to …

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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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NEW – BREEAM Simple Buildings Manual and Criteria Released

Posted on March 25th 2013

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 scheme. Projects can now be …

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Changes to Considerate Constructors Scheme 2013

Posted on November 5th 2012

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 a new scoring and reporting …

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Shell and Core BREEAM for small commercial spaces

Posted on March 28th 2012

Many of our large residential schemes have relatively small commercial spaces which have to reach BREEAM standards for planning. We show below our recommended approach which should avoid any uncertainty: BREEAM New Construction Shell & Core Assessments are a less complex assessment specifically designed for later tenant fit out of commercial spaces. We recommend the use of this approach with …

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Strategy for ensuring Code compliance

Posted on November 21st 2011

1. START EARLY The Code Assessor is an important member of the team, who will not only be responsible for completing the Code compliance requirements for the development, but can also assist on which credits should be aimed for and how they can be achieved. It is recommended that a core team is formed, to include the developer, architect, civil …

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Better than best practice – CCS scoring

Posted on August 8th 2011

Considerate Constructors Scheme – Guide and Examples of Above Best Practice Scoring CONSIDERATE This section is intended to discover whether the site is fully aware of all those who may be affected by the work and thereafter to see what efforts are made to minimise any nuisance or inconvenience. Communication Preparing a public relations plan for engagement with the local …

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Home User Guides and the Code for Sustainable Homes

Posted on March 21st 2011

Often thought of as ‘easy’ credits to achieve, the Home User Guide needs to: Fulfil all of the elements within Checklist Man1 of the Code Technical Guidance Be fully researched to ensure accurate information Describe specifications for all house and flat types Is made available in alternative formats (e.g. Braille) upon request Is signed off by the developer The aim …

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Code checklist for site managers

Posted on November 23rd 2009

A vital part of the Code for Sustainable Homes is that the final certificate is only achieved after a check at completion. Site Managers therefore need to ensure that evidence is available showing all the measures to obtain Code points. Our download shows the actions needed during construction. We recommend that at the start of construction a filing system divided into …

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