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BREEAM Communities

Posted on October 25th 2010

BREEAM Communities: Categories & Issues Climate and Energy CE1: Flood Risk Assessment* CE2: Surface Water Runoff* CE3: Rainwater SUD CE4: Heat Island CE5: Energy Efficiency* CE6: Onsite Renewable(s)* CE7: Future Renewables* CE8: Services CE9: Water Consumption* Community Section COM1: Inclusive Design* COM2: Consultation* COM3: Development User Guide* COM4: Management and Operation Place Shaping PS1: Sequential Approach* PS2: Land Reuse PS3: …

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Guide to Part L1a 2010 criteria

Posted on October 4th 2010

Approved Document Part L1a – New Dwellings Design Stage SAP to Building Control “No later than the day work starts” Approx 25% reduction in CO2 emissions compared with a 2006 compliant dwelling Maximum average fabric u-values have decreased (eg Walls from 0.35W/m2K to 0.3W/m2K) Carbon emissions for electricity from grid increase by 22.5% (Partly compensated for by a new Emissions …

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Why do green roofs die?

Posted on October 1st 2010

There are several different types of green roofs.  Intensive roofs are thicker and heavier more like roof gardens and require regular maintenance.  Extensive roofs are lighter and typically sedum based, requiring less maintenance, often only once a year depending on the location of the roof. Typical requirements of an extensive roof is yearly fertilizing and weeding, and in autumn clearing …

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