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Assessing Existing Buildings with BREEAM In-Use

Posted on January 16th 2014

  BREEAM In-Use is an environmental assessment method for existing non-domestic buildings whereby buildings are assessed using a standard methodology through an independent certification process. The aim of BREEAM In-Use is to identify sections of a property portfolio that is under-performing and will benefit from refurbishment or improvements in management practices. Carrying out this assessment promotes positive changes in the …

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Cutting energy, carbon dioxide and costs during construction

Posted on May 13th 2013

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 are revolutionising this process. Smart …

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Nuisance Pluming from Flues

Posted on February 4th 2013

In addition to the emission of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), flue gases from modern single dwelling boilers and Energy Centres boiler flues can be very visible. Whilst not in itself harmful to humans, the visible nature of plumes may be of concern to residents and is therefore a customer care issue. Careful consideration of the location of flues and the …

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Safe Disposal of Low Energy Lamps

Posted on February 29th 2012

  As part of our work on Home User Guides we have become aware of the importance of the safe disposal of low energy lights (LEL). Advice provided by the Health Protection Agency states that should a low energy light break, the following actions must be followed: Vacate the room Shut off any central air conditioning Ventilate the room for …

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CHP versus biomass: air quality

Posted on May 16th 2011

On many of our projects we are faced with a choice between Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and biomass boilers as the best way to achieve reductions in CO2. There is a widely held view that biomass is bad and CHP is good in terms of air quality. Oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter are both pollutants of concern. …

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