Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Running costs of energy in a Code Level 4 home

Posted on September 27th 2012

Meeting higher sustainability standards, such as Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, does not necessarily mean lower energy costs to residents. The strategy adopted to achieve these higher standards can have a significant impact. It is possible for energy running costs to be increased if inappropriate strategies are adopted. We have examined the estimated energy costs for different energy strategies …

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Safemark accreditation award

Posted on September 17th 2012

Richard Hodkinson Consultancy has successfully demonstrated that their Health and Safety practices fully meet the National House Building Council (NHBC) Safemark standards. The Safemark safety scheme provides qualification under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. Many of our clients require us to demonstrate that our management arrangements and competences fully meet the CDM Regulations 2007. Through this safety scheme …

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Inclusive Design in BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment

Posted on September 10th 2012

The BREEAM Domestic Refurbishments assessment includes an Inclusive Design credit which follows the 16 Lifetime Homes design criteria and Part M of the Building Regulations (2010). An Inclusive Design Access Statement template is provided by BREEAM and is broken into 3 sections; one credit is awarded for each section which has been met.  We have prepared a table to assist …

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CASE STUDY: CHP viability in domestic scenarios

Posted on September 3rd 2012

  In line with the London Plan, energy supply through CHP is becoming the norm in new London developments. The Mayor has introduced mandatory use of CHP in developments of 500+ dwellings through planning guidelines. Nonetheless, Richard Hodkinson Consultancy is experiencing an increasing number of London based Local Authorities demanding CHP on new residential developments, even on schemes as small …

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