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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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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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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Shell and Core BREEAM for small commercial spaces

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 [...]

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Strategy for ensuring Code compliance

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 [...]

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Better than best practice – CCS scoring

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 [...]

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Home User Guides and the Code for Sustainable Homes

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 [...]

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Code checklist for site managers

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 [...]

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RHC additional Code services

Increasingly developers have become aware that a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment requires a large number of specialist reports to be prepared by separate parties. Richard Hodkinson Consultancy is now able to provide the majority of these specialist reports. The download provides a checklist of services that can be offered for Code evidence.

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Code for Sustainable Homes tracker tool

We have created a number of tools to aid developers through the Code Design and Post Construction Stages. Our attached Tracker Tool takes forward the Pre-Assessment process by providing a greater level of detail as to what is required, as well as using a traffic light system for the supply of information from design team [...]

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