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19th September 2016
Commercial property to let

Did you know - the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that from April 2018, it will be illegal to let commercial properties in England and Wales with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G. Let commercial properties will need to have at least an E rating.

Exclusions to the legal requirement for Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards include:

Listed buildings
Buildings due to be demolished
Leases less than six months and over 99 years

15th September 2016
Northants Business exhibition

Representatives from our divisions Special Projects and Low Energy Consultancy will be at the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce Business Exhibition tomorrow. The event at Rockingham Speedway, Corby will be an opportunity to showcase our M&E and refurbishment experience, and our energy compliance and regulation knowledge.

If you are attending please visit our stand.


14th September 2016
Energy Planning Guidance changes GLA

Details re an update to the Energy Planning Guidance document were published by the Greater London Authority (GLA) earlier this year and will be effective from 1st October 2016. The main changes are:

5th September 2016
Construction Enquirer Awards, Top 10, Best Specialist Contractor to Work for

The Briggs & Forrester Group is very proud to be in the top 10 for our category in the Construction Enquirer Awards 2016 - Best Specialist Contractor to Work for (over £25m turnover).

The awards are an excellent way for those involved in the industry to vote for their peers, with more than 11,000 votes being cast over all the categories.

The winner in each Top 10 will be announced at an event in Birmingham on October 18th 2016.

5th September 2016
Managing director completes Northampton Half Marathon

Congratulations to our Managing Director Adam Alexander who completed the Northampton Half Marathon on Sunday. Adam was running on behalf the Samaritans charity.

“I was a little disappointed with my time but there was good atmosphere on the day, with lots of people along the route. I’m very proud to support the excellent and important work that the Samaritans do for people of all ages and in all circumstances.”

31st August 2016
Northampton Half Marathon, Samaritans

Our MD is going to need plenty of energy this weekend as he competes in the Northampton Half Marathon! Adam Alexander will be running on behalf of the Samaritans charity.

Every single day around 16 people decide to end their own life across the UK. The Samaritans focuses on providing the time and space for people to talk and share whatever is on their mind. All of the sponsorship that Adam raises will go towards the Northampton Samaritans; it costs £110 per day to keep the branch open so every little helps.

26th August 2016
EPC inspection in London and Essex

The LEC team have been visiting some of our project sites recently to conduct their inspection for the Energy Performance Certificates (EPC). The EPC is a two stage process to ensure complete sign off.

Stage 1 is the As-Designed Assessment which involves ensuring the design meets the Building Regulations.

19th August 2016
Apprenticeships provide alternative future to university

As thousands of students receive their A-Level results this week they face the daunting challenge of what to do next. For many years university has been seen as the primary route to a successful future, but the growing number of students moving straight into the world of work via an apprenticeship is increasing year on year.  

8th August 2016
Sam Collett, LEC, Birmingham

Welcome to the newest member of our team! Sam Collett has  joined our Birmingham office as a Lead Energy Consultant. Sam’s areas of expertise cover energy efficiency and sustainability strategies, energy auditing, thermal modelling, renewable energy feasibility studies and planning advice.

He is an accredited ESOS Lead Assessor, On Construction Domestic Energy assessor, Level 5 Non-Domestic EPC Assessor, Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment 2014 Assessor.

4th August 2016
Smart meter energy useage bahavioural change

Do you have a Smart meter in your home to keep track of your energy useage? Smart Energy GB, a Government body set up to encourage the installation of Smart meters, is using the concept of ‘behaviourial change’ to drive a difference in how consumers think about energy.

Although this is achieved mainly through incentives and social media shares, could greater consumer awareness of energy useage have wider implications across business and even help to drive changes in energy policy?