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.
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.
EPCs, DECs, TM44s - lots of acronyms, but what exactly do they stand for and do you need this type of certification for your building?
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:
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.
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.
As the colder months set in, follow these tips to save energy and money over the Winter period.
- Open your curtains during the day and make the most of the heat from the sun.
- Cover up drafty windows with plastic sheets and tape to keep the cold air out.
- Schedule a service for your heating system to keep it running efficiently.
- Reduce heat loss from your fireplace by keeping it covered when not in use.
- Swap your old Christmas lights for energy saving LED’s.