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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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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Getting your property ready for MEPS

The Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) are a set of lawful standards, which domestic and non-domestic landlords are required to ensure their properties meet, before 1st April 2018. The Energy Act 2011 requires the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to bring into force regulations, making it unlawful to let properties in England and Wales which do not meet a minimum energy performance standard (MEPS).

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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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