Construction standards have vastly improved in the last decade. The refinement and imposing of tighter compliance via Building Regulations Part L has seen greater efficiency in fabric performance.
Recently we completed our first student residential scheme outside of London, with the Living division of our parent group Briggs & Forrester. The University of East Anglia buildings 134 and 135 (Blackdale) are now complete. They look very impressive, with their new ‘A’ rating EPCs, assured overheat and Building Regulation checks, courtesy of Low Energy Consultancy Ltd.
It has been really great working across our Group with Briggs and Forrester Living, and with contractor RG Carter on this project and we look forward to more opportunities to work in partnership in the future.
A low flow shower head or tap not only saves money but also the amount of energy used to heat water that you are not using. Its estimated that savings of £325 can be made over a 10 year lifespan of a new shower head. Plus you can potentially save 8,155 gallons of water per year!
By fitting a restrictor you can help to limit waste flow and make savings.
Large contractors can seriously improve their development’s sustainability performance by adopting this approach in their specifications or employer’s requirements.
Briggs and Forrester Group has recently achieved verification for Level 2 BIM (Building Information Modelling), delivering projects as a Tier 2 Contractor.
BIM is the generation and management of digital representations of the physical and functional characteristics of a project. Information is created through the collaborative efforts of all team members working to predefined standards. Access to this information can be shared with all parties involved, promoting consistency, accuracy and reducing issues.
Say hello to our Energy Consultant Ali Qureshi...
I enjoy working in the relaxed environment of Low Energy Consultancy and the fact that it’s a small personal office.
I had been working in a different area of engineering and LEC has given me the opportunity to develop my career. I’ve been able to move back into the field of building services where I am more qualified and where my interests lie.
This week’s energy saving tip is ‘Match your saucepan size to your burner size!
A considerable amount of heat is lost when using small saucepans on large burners on the hob, when cooking with gas or electricity.
Match the size of your pan to the size of your burner. You can use this energy efficiency tip in a commercial kitchen too.
We’re currently providing ongoing works at Aspinalls Yard, a development of Housing Association and private dwellings in Cambridgeshire. These new homes form a part of the South Cambridgeshire District Council Local Plan.
LEC has been undertaking SAP assessments (EPCs) and an Energy Report for the developer Mitcham Partnership 2 Ltd. The Planning requirement for the project was to deliver 10% reduction in energy usage over the development – LEC achieved 14.01% above the planning requirements.
We may not be catching a flight to any exciting destinations but the LEC team have found themselves checking in at Cambridge Airport recently, continuing our roll-out of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).
The focus is on carrying out energy checks and building reviews to ensure that the overall efficiency picture for Marshalls, the airport owner and operator, is a good one. Deadline for achieving the required standards is 2018.
Working environments that are cooled with chilled air or air conditioning systems need regular maintenance to ensure efficiency. These systems also need to be checked for their environmental compliance.
Change is always challenging but taking on board recommendations can really help to pay dividends. This is particularly true when considering the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). Deadlines may have passed for Phase 1 but now is the time to think about Phase 2.