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LEC Updates

27th July 2017
Changes to SAP

In November 2016 the Government detailed its proposed changes to the Standard Assessment Procedure. This is the methodology used to assess and compare the energy and environmental performance of dwellings. Here at LEC we’ve taken a look at the details and highlighted our thoughts on some of the proposals:

1. Updating Carbon Emission Factors – we agree that the change is welcome due to the move towards cleaner production of electricity, through more gas than coal power plants across the UK.

26th July 2017

Pipes, gas lines and electrical cables that enter your property often have gaps around them that have been haphazardly filled with some kind of caulk. But the caulk eventually cracks, peels and falls off. These gaps let in outside air, plus they are ideal entry points for mice and insects. Seal gaps with expanding foam. For water pipes under the sink, unscrew and pull back the escutcheon ring, then caulk around the pipe. The ring is just decorative, you'll be surprised how big a hole there is behind.

25th July 2017

May and June have seen the completion of development planning works for 545 dwellings at Park Royal for Fairview Homes.

This is a great residential scheme where our team has worked across our offices on the BREEAM, Overheat and Sustainability reviews.

20th July 2017

With the rise and fall of our recent heatwave, now is a good time to pick up and review your air conditioning maintenance and inspections. Our inspectors have been busy this month accross the UK visiting the various office of Places for People, checking and verifying the cooling equipment's energy efficiency and TM44 compliance. 

19th July 2017

This is a repeat tip because you need to change your filters more than once a year. How regularly depends on how dirty and dusty your property gets or the type of activity undergoing in your business.

Generally once every 3 months is good. A clean air intake filter means you are recycling cleaner air throughout your system. Your HVAC system will not have to work as hard pulling in air through a clean filter which will make it last longer.

You'll save about 5% on your heating and cooling costs.

17th July 2017

Are you part of the 500?

The environment agency has begun serving over 300 enforcement notices to approximately 500 organisations across the UK. These are those organisations that have not notified the EA that ESOS applies to them or have started their compliance route. The EA has also commenced with civil penalties on a number of non-compliant organisations.   

12th July 2017

A forced air system is a pressure load system. By closing registers and vents you impact how the system moves air. This can cause the system to work harder and possibly even cause damage.

11th July 2017

Today Low Energy Consultancy are visiting Hewitsons Solicitors, to talk about Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Energy Audits and the UK Energy Act 2011.

They will be presenting via webcam to four counties, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire Oxfordshire and Londonshire.

11th July 2017

The continued rise of buildings in need of MEES compliance sees our surveyors busy throughout June and July.

More and more commercial properties are in need of the EPCs to be revealed and understood. 


7th July 2017

This month the continued works for Birmingham City University (BCU) City South project with BAM Construction has had our BREEAM assessors working feverishly across all the sustainability aspects of this build. 

With the target of 'Excellent' in mind, our assessors have helped verify and steady the journey to full compliance.