Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

The New Opportunities Unlocked through Be Seen

Posted on November 30th 2022

There are key benefits to developers of monitoring energy use under the GLA Be Seen requirements, but these will not be achieved through the minimum requirements alone. With the cost of energy high on everyone’s agenda, demonstrating that a project will be monitoring energy use can be a key sales feature and provide comfort to customers. Knowing how actual energy …

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How New Energy Bill Supports Heat Networks

Posted on November 30th 2022

New Regulations under the Energy Prices Act 2022 oblige heat network operators to ‘pass-through’ savings on fuel costs from the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS).  Notifications to customers of any benefit should have been issued by November 30th (or 30 days after receiving a benefit, whichever is the later) and operators must pass-through the benefit by the time the next …

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Is Water Neutrality Now As Important As Carbon Neutrality?

Posted on November 30th 2022

Planned development in water stress areas is expected to come under increasing pressure to show how it is water neutral. This is where a development results in no increase to an existing site’s water usage, which for some developments will be very challenging to demonstrate. This is becoming a planning requirement in certain locations due to cumulative water management problems …

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How to Ensure PV Improves EPC Ratings for Flats

Posted on November 30th 2022

EPC ratings can be improved by using approved photovoltaic sharing technology. This links the energy from PV to the apartments rather than the landlord’s area. Dwelling EPCs ratings do not benefit from PV panels linked to the landlord supply. The CO2 emissions do however account for the reduction. The technology consists of a distribution box placed between a single  PV …

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Building Physics Key to Healthy and Energy Efficient Retrofits

Posted on October 27th 2022

Mitigating heat losses and condensation in retrofits reduces heating bills while providing comfort. A whole building approach should be considered when improving thermal comfort. This requires controlling U-values, thermal bridges, material selection and controlled and uncontrolled ventilation rates. The following are well documented challenges with retrofit: Spatial restrictions impact the amount of insulation that can be added to improve the …

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Movember – Hodkinson’s Fitness and Facial Hair challenge

Posted on October 26th 2022

Employees’ mental health and physical wellbeing is very important at Hodkinson. That’s why we are taking part in Movember this year to raise awareness and encourage discussions around mental health. During November we will be collectively walking, running, swimming & cycling over 1,600 km beyond our normal fitness goals, as well as growing some interesting facial hair.  If you can …

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Project Success at Abbey Road

Posted on October 19th 2022

We were appointed as BREEAM and Carbon consultants by Wates Construction London Residential for the commercial development at Abbey Road in the London Borough of Camden, which has now been successfully completed. Wates are committed to the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and have joined the ‘Race to Zero’ campaign, which aims to halve Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by …

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Heat Network Bills Support – Temporary Relief for Heat Network Customers

Posted on October 19th 2022

Much needed clarity has emerged on how the government will support domestic heat network customers in the light of high wholesale energy prices this winter.  The implications on landlords and heat network operators must not be ignored to avoid the risk of referral to a new Energy Ombudsman. The following measures to benefit heat network customers have been announced: £100 …

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Computational Fluid Dynamic Analysis Helps Improve Indoor Air Quality

Posted on September 29th 2022

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis can diagnose risks of inadequate air distribution which can impacts both occupants and the building. Poor indoor air quality increases the risks of spreading illnesses between occupants (WHO), leads to uncomfortable occupants and reductions in productivity. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis is a powerful tool to be used when developing the ventilation strategy. It can …

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How Circular Economy Principles Can Impact Carbon and Value

Posted on September 29th 2022

With the help of our technical input, the UK Green Building Council has recently launched a report that focuses on how circularity can support reductions in whole life carbon. We were a key contributor to the report, specifically focusing on maximising reuse to reduce upfront carbon emissions. The aim of the report was to increase understanding on how circularity can …

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