Some of you may know that we’ve been raising money for Guide Dogs over the last few years, and more specifically through our ‘Name a Puppy’ fund. Last year we hit our target of £5,000 thanks to our generous friends, family, clients and colleagues. This allowed us to name a new puppy and fund her early development and training.   Well, this week the exciting moment came when we got to meet Suzie in the […]

How to Succeed with SBEM Assessments

SBEM, or the Simplified Building Energy Model is an essential element in not only getting your construction project off the ground – or on the ground – but also to demonstrate how sustainable your development is. A design stage SBEM assessment is a requirement for all building control bodies in order to commence construction for any non-dwelling construction project. So what do you need in order to get that certification? Here’s our top 3: 1. An […]

U-Value Calculations

What are U-value calculations and how do they relate to SAP? A U-value is a measure of the rate of heat transfer through a structure, with a lower U-value meaning a better insulator. In terms of SAP assessments, U-values relate to all exposed: Floors Walls Roofs Doors Windows Roof-lights U-value information for openings (doors, windows and rooflights) will need to come from the supplier or manufacturer. In terms of glazed openings, the required U-value is […]

What is SBEM and Why is it Important?

SBEM calculations, much like SAP for residential developments, are used to demonstrate the energy performance of new non-dwellings (or extending existing ones). As an industry the construction business is under mounting pressure to make buildings more sustainable both from regulators and from clients. The challenge for the developers is that traditional – and therefore lower cost – methods aren’t meeting expectations. Non-dwelling buildings cover offices, warehouses, retail units, restaurants, leisure centres and retirement homes. Introduction […]

Why BREEAM is so Important

On 2nd August 2017 we reached Earth Overshoot Day. You’d be forgiven for thinking we were talking about a disaster movie starring Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. You would also be half right, it is a disaster but it isn’t a movie. Earth Overshoot Day marked the moment we began consuming more natural resources than the Earth can sustain. We are officially running out. Far from a proud moment in the history of humanity, it […]

The Bournemouth Development Company

In the 1960s a development corporation was established to create the UK’s first modern, planned town. Milton Keynes was touted as a new garden city that followed an American style block system that was all but self-contained in terms of its amenities. Intended to relieve the housing congestion in London, its target population was 250,000 and would occupy 21,850 acres, absorbing a number of towns and villages in the process. Unlike most major town developments, […]

Is the Future Modular Construction?

The concept of prefabrication is nothing new. Examples of buildings being constructed in one place and relocated elsewhere go back centuries including settlement buildings being relocated to Cape Ann in 1624 and a hospital being moved from one place to another in 1801 in the West Indies. In 1855 Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed and oversaw the construction of a 16 unit, 1,000 patient prefabricated modular hospital for use in the Crimean War. Although only in […]

SAP Assessment – it’s all in the Process!

To get the best out of your SAP Assessment (and your SAP Assessor) it’s very important to understand how the process works. A SAP Assessor can (and sometimes should) be involved in all phases of a scheme, from RIBA stages 1 to 6. You may be a contractor, housebuilder, developer or consultant….but let’s say you are a typical architect. You’re busy and up against it. The client has dumped everything on your desk, the builder […]

Occupant Well-being

When designing any kind of building there are a multitude of things to consider. Everything from the exterior look to what taps to use in the bathrooms need to be carefully considered designed and costed. Even the forces within the building have to exactly balance so no one – simply through the act of sitting on their sofa – falls through their living room floor into that of the person living beneath them. In amongst […]

How to Pass L1a with Electric Heating

We are using more power than at any other point in history. This is hardly surprising considering the number of electrical devices the average household uses or relies on a day to day basis. The average British household has 7.4 devices connected to the Internet. All of those need power. Throw in televisions, Blu-ray players and even the wireless router and it’s easy to see how we as a nation are consuming energy at such […]