Mind the Regulatory Gap!

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Energy Efficiency: Building towards Net Zero The House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has recently published a report on Energy Efficiency. Chapter 6 of the report deals…

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Changes to MK Planning Energy Policy

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The new Plan:MK2016 - 2031 (adopted March 2019) introduced a new Sustainable Construction & Renewable Energy Policy. It is envisaged that this type of policy is likely to become more…

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Is this goodbye & farewell to the radiator?

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The government has given a firm indication that it wishes gas-fired boilers to be phased out by 2025 as shown in the  CCC Infographic. The Committee on Climate Change recognises…

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Making Best Use of Energy Statements

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Background Many Local Authorities require Energy Statements as part of a planning application and have specific policies relating to sustainability, energy efficiency or Carbon. Typical requirements are that the developer…

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1 Million New Homes?

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Background Last year the Government hit its target of building 200,000 homes each year in England, putting it on track to fulfil the promise it made two years ago to…

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Planning for Summertime & Overheating

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The Big Freeze appears set to continue! Winter is surely struggling its way towards spring! Now really is a good time for designers and planners to think of summer and…

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Planning for Daylight & Sunlight

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Daylight 25 Degree Rule of Thumb (Building Research Establishment (BRE) document ‘Site Layout Planning for Daylight and Sunlight: A guide to good practice (2011) The BRE 25° test is used…

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