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Technical Updates

3rd October 2018

Since the ban on incandescent lightbulbs in 2012, the way we shop for lightbulbs has changed. As low-wattage, energy efficient light bulbs like CFL’s and LED’s have become the norm, the focus has become less on wattage alone.

With energy efficient bulbs, lumens are a more accurate measurement to determine how bright the light will be. The table below shows the comparisons between lumens and watts for different bulb types.

26th September 2018

The deadline for Phase 1 of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme has passed, but now is the time to think about Phase 2.

Not all organisations were in Phase 1 of ESOS. This is because they did not meet the threshold criteria in either turnover or the number of employees. As ESOS looks at a two-year period of accounting, due to real and anticipated growth, many organisations will fall into Phase 2.

3rd September 2018

This week is zero waste week. There are many ways in which you can get involved here are our top five.

9th August 2018

BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is a sustainability assessment methodology for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings; it was first launched in 1990.  BREEAM sets the standard for best practice sustainable design and build. The assessment addresses a range of environmental and sustainable issues which helps developers and designers to prove their buildings credentials. 

24th July 2018

We are currently experiencing a heat wave in the UK. Low Energy Consultancy discuss the benefits of TM52 when analysing overheating in construction.

Construction standards have vastly improved in the last decade. The refinement and imposing of tighter compliance through Building Regulations Part L has seen greater efficiency in fabric performance.

7th June 2018

EPCs, DECs, TM44s - lots of acronyms, but what exactly do they stand for and do you need this type of certification for your building?

EPCs

24th May 2018

You will have heard or definitely seen publications regarding a change to the BREEAM regulations. The change came into play on 24th March 2018 and all new schemes registered after this date will be subject to the 2018 standards rather than the previous 2014 version.

So what has changed?

There have been a number of significant changes to the category credits.  Some of the main points to mention include:

Management

15th May 2018

The writing's on the wall, the windows, the roof and on your boiler. I am talking about the looming energy compliance deadline for Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for both commercial and domestic properties.

The Energy Efficiency in Buildings Regulations 2015 makes it unlawful to issue a lease to a new or existing tenant unless there is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place with a rating of E or above from 1st April 2018.

8th February 2018

An energy or sustainability statement is a report document that confirms a development will meet and how it will meet any regional set energy targets or sustainability policies.  The document is used to support planning applications as evidence and to aid a successful approval.  The documents are now more commonly a mandatory requirement rather than an optional requirement.