High Demand for BREEAM Assessors in Birmingham
Birmingham has undergone a transformation over the past twenty years with an extraordinary city-centre transformation culminating recently in the unveiling of New Street Station re-imagined for the 21st century. The cost of constructing and operating major projects such as these is now measured not only in labour, bricks and mortar, but also in environmental and energy costs incurred along the way. A BREEAM assessment helps developers to plan for a sustainable built environment by designing for energy conservation and low carbon emissions.Continue reading
BREEAM Assessments Provides Sustainability in Five Stages
Over the past three decades a quiet revolution has been taking place in our built environment, and it’s one we should be proud of. It has come about through persistence, government regulation and a very steep learning curve, but we are now beginning to see the benefits of the BREEAM assessment. BREEAM was introduced in 1990 with the aim of raising awareness amongst builders, developers and planners of sustainability by design. In the intervening years the team at Hilsdon Holmes have worked on countless new BREEAM assessments in London and around the UK and we are delighted to report that a sustainable approach to building projects is fast becoming ‘business as usual’.Continue reading
SAP Calculations in London Aim for Lower Carbon Emissions
The SAP calculation has been around since the mid-nineties, providing a way of measuring the energy usage of new builds. Over the past twenty years global warming has placed an increased focus upon harmful carbon emissions which has had the knock-on effect of an increased stringency when it comes to SAP assessments. Our team of SAP assessors in London report that builders and developers are now being required to work to ever higher standards of energy efficiency in order to achieve compliance under building regulations Part L1 along with enhanced levels of performance required to satisfy the London Plan.
Hilsdon Holmes Can Help With Your Ecological Survey in London
The need to protect and nurture wildlife and their habitats is now central to the majority of rural building developments but ecology reporting may be seen as less of a priority when it comes to new builds in urban centres such as London. Thank goodness for the London Wildlife Trust which reminds us that a surprising 48% of London comprises rivers, water and vegetation providing habitat for a dazzling range of wildlife including hares, otters, kingfishers and the great crested newt. For this reason ecology reports are often a requirement of the planning application for a new build and they can also earn developers eco-credits by demonstrating a commitment to the maintenance of biodiversity on the proposed site.
Air Tests in London Create Energy Savings
Energy sustainability is all about improving the quality of design in the built environment, with the ultimate aim of reducing the amount of energy we consume across the UK, and lowering our carbon emissions significantly. A by-product of sustainable energy regulations is a reduction in household energy bills, as our heating and cooling mechanisms become more efficient.
Hilsdon Holmes Assessors Provide Air Tightness Testing in Plymouth
Ever since 2006 the air tightness test has been a mandatory requirement of the Building Regulations in England and Wales. Accredited air test assessors are always in high demand, especially in large cities such as Plymouth where the demand for new housing is at its highest. Hilsdon Holmes is delighted to have built a reputation in the city of Plymouth for providing comprehensive, affordable sustainability consultancy and services to developers and planners. We are proud to be working with clients in Plymouth to cut carbon emissions through sustainable design and planning.
SAP Assessors in London Experience High Demand
Sustainable energy has become big business in London; developers have embraced innovative renewable energy technologies and recognised that low carbon emissions are a powerful differentiator in a crowded, and highly priced housing market. This adoption of sustainable energy means that SAP assessors are in high demand in the UK capital. SAP – or Standard Assessment Procedure – is now a requirement for all new housing developments, including extensions, under Part L of the Building Regulations. Without the required SAP rating developers are prohibited from selling or renting their property, so it’s a crucial element in any new build schedule.
Hilsdon Holmes Consults on SAP Calculations in Plymouth
Plymouth is the UK’s largest city in the South West; it’s also located in one of Britain’s most beautiful areas of natural beauty. The Hilsdon Holmes team has its offices located in the region, and we’ve been frequent visitors to the city over the years, due to Plymouth’s ongoing housing developments providing new homes for a growing population.Continue reading
Contact Hilsdon Holmes for your Ecological Survey in Plymouth
We have our offices in the beautiful south-west of the UK, which means that we get to enjoy an environment teeming with an extraordinary biodiversity including deer, foxes, peregrine falcons, insectivorous sundews, primroses, bluebells and broad-leaved woodlands. Continue reading
SBEM Calculations in London by Hilsdon Holmes
If you work in London, or you’re a regular visitor to the city, you soon become acutely aware of the vast energy resources being consumed by offices, shops, theatres, bars and galleries on a daily basis. Just trying to imagine the energy required for heating, lighting and air-conditioning the shops along Oxford Street is a mammoth feat, and that’s just a drop in the energy ocean that London represents.Continue reading