Microclimate Analysis – a key to Planning

Micro-scale environmental issues such as overshadowing, light pollution, air quality, wind and daylight provision are becoming increasingly important to planners as recognition grows of the climate impacts of buildings as urban densities and building heights increase. Major planning applications often require a Microclimate Analysis Report. With the use of the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) we [...]

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Assessing Existing Buildings with BREEAM In-Use

  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 [...]

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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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Nuisance Pluming from Flues

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 [...]

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Safe Disposal of Low Energy Lamps

  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 [...]

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CHP versus biomass: air quality

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 [...]

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