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15th July 2016
Leadsom and Clark reshuffle

Various changes have taken place within the government's energy and environment departments following the reshuffle by new PM Theresa May earlier this week.

Andrea Leadsom is the new Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been scrapped. The energy portfolio will now be covered by a new department led by former communities secretary Greg Clark.

It will be called the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

7th July 2016
Green Building Roadshows Sheffield, Leicester

Two recent events have provided lots of opportunities for the LEC team to share how we can help with future planning and compliance needs. Thank you to everyone who visited us at The Green Buildings & Facilities Roadshows at Sheffield and Leicester. We talked with visitors across a broad spectrum from Local Authority representatives, to developers, to architects.

Common discussion topics included Part L compliance, feasibility studies, energy evaluation of existing building stock and ensuring compliance for 2018 limits of F&G EPC ratings.

7th July 2016
Energy efficicency at Wimbledon

Wimbledon weekend is just around the corner! But how much do you know about the energy planning and monitoring that goes on at the All England Club?

Key recommendations, based on energy audit and carbon foot printing, have been applied to keep the tournament as efficient as possible, now and in the future:

28th June 2016
Green Building & Facilities Roadshow Leicester

We’ll be at The Green Building & Facilities Roadshow on Tuesday July 5th in the Walkers Hall, King Power Stadium, Leicester.

Come and see us to talk about energy compliance, BREEAM and Code submissions and the delivery of Part L compliance and Energy Performance Certificates.

23rd June 2016
RoSPA Health and Safety award winners

Congratulations to everyone in the Briggs and Forrester Group, but particularly to our Health & Safety Team. They received Briggs and Forrester’s 2016 RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards at a gala event in London on Tuesday. Our Group achieved a Gold Medal for the fifth consecutive occasion and the division Engineering Services achieved the President’s Award, following 13 consecutive Gold Awards.

Our photo shows the Group Health & Safety Team: (l:r) Robbie Adderley, Daniel Payne, Zoe Fitzhugh, Alex Smith, Steve Watson and Tom Chadwick.

16th June 2016
Management buy out Briggs and Forrester Mike Stanton

The 23-person Management Team at the Briggs and Forrester Group have increased their equity stake in the business to 60% following a Management Buyout that was completed on 10 June 2016, supported by funding provided by Barclays Bank Plc.

This follows the Group’s long term strategy of remaining an owner-managed business which commenced with the partial management buyout completed in 2006, where the management team acquired 20% equity in the business.

31st May 2016
Green Building and Facilities Roadshow, Sheffield

We will be exhibiting at The Green Building & Facilities Roadshow on Tuesday 7 June at Bramall Lane Stadium, Sheffield. Our team will be on hand to share their experience in energy compliance, BREEAM and Code submissions and the delivery of Part L compliance and Energy Performance Certificates. Come and see us!

23rd May 2016
Queens Speech planning policy

The recent Queen’s Speech highlighted developments in property planning practice with the aim of speeding up and making processes easier. The reintroduction of exemption for developments of ten homes or fewer from section 106 obligations, means affordable homes contributions will fall to bigger developers, building larger sites.  This will come as a big relief to smaller developers where contributions were making investment cost prohibitive.

18th May 2016
Sun shadow analysis

We produce sun shadow analysis animations to establish where to potentially position solar panels on developments. Animations like this can reveal that areas of roofing space will be overshadowed by adjacent buildings at certain times of the day. Using this, and a wide variety of other information, we can create renewable strategies to support development planners to make the best decisions. This animation is for a recent residential development in London.


29th April 2016
Green Building & Facilities Roadshow, Birmingham

It was a busy day for the Low Energy Consultancy Team at the Green Building & Facilities Roadshow recently. The event was a perfect opportunity for a wide variety of energy and sustainability-focused businesses and individuals to network and share thoughts and ideas. Managing Director Adam Alexander said, “We are keen to work with a wide variety of groups from architects, to representatives from construction and industry, to local planning authorities. Events such as the Roadshow provide the chance to meet and discuss compliance across the board.