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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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Reducing construction waste

Posted on August 21st 2013

The construction industry is the principal source of waste in the UK, producing 35% of the country’s total waste, according to DEFRA’s most recent data (Figure 1). The opportunities for the sector to improve resource efficiency and reduce waste disposal costs are significant. Figure 1: Total UK waste generation by sector, 2004 to 2008 (tonnes) (Data from DEFRA, 2011) *’Other’ …

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What people really think about the environment

Posted on May 30th 2012

  “In the face of economic challenge, there is a perception that the public no longer cares about climate change, or living more sustainably. The reality of public opinion on environmental issues is more positive. Support for action on climate change remains strong, and austerity has made saving energy and cutting waste more normal and important. Most people want their …

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Heat recovery from waste hot water

Posted on May 16th 2012

Achieving CO2 savings in new-build dwellings has, to date, focussed on the reduction of space heating loads and application of low and zero carbon technologies. As fabric specifications are pushed to the limits, particularly on sites with limited space for increasing wall thicknesses, turning attention to reducing domestic hot water (DHW) demand can provide another route to achieve challenging CO2

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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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Good design considerations for bin stores

Posted on July 20th 2009

The Need for Good Design with the Bin Stores The Code sets out mandatory requirements for bin stores, covered within the category WAS1, that every Code rated dwelling has to achieve. It is paramount to the visual appearance of the scheme that these are well designed. If the bin stores are not designed for convenience, occupants are likely to end …

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