Home Quality Mark is ‘not mandatory but encouraged’ in Southampton

BRE’s new Home Quality Mark features as ‘not mandatory but encouraged’ in Southampton’s planning for new homes, following the end of the Code for Sustainable Homes. This comes after government has moved to prevent local authorities from imposing schemes such as those developed by BRE, favouring a raft of new measures due to be revealed in October. The Home Quality Mark too, however, will not being open for registrations until October this year. Planning conditions […]

BE Welcomes New Talent!

This month we’ve welcomed two new members to our growing family at BE. Michael Parkins has joined us as an energy assessor, and has already been immersed (or is that dunked) into our residential projects working alongside our senior consultants. Michael is currently working through an OCDEA traineeship covering domestic Part L compliance and energy strategy work. He has a keen interest in building physics and Passiv schemes in particular. Michael brings with him some […]

London Plan Update – 35% Certain

Yesterday we discovered that London was set to continue its policy of requiring major developments to cut their carbon by 35% over building regulations as part of The London Plan, in spite of a ban by central government on any requirements over 19%. Today the following update to Energy Planning Guidance for The London Plan was released: ‘On 25 March 2015, the Government confirmed its policy to limit local energy requirements for residential development and […]

London Plan Continues with 35% Carbon Reduction Despite Ban

The Mayor will bring forward ‘minor alterations’ to address new laws, but The London Plan and its 35% carbon reduction will apply ‘unchanged’ for weeks. This comes despite recent announcements by Eric Pickles MP that local authorities would no longer be able to demand additional greener housing standards until his ‘new technical standards’ are released in October. The GLA confirmed the move this morning using twitter. Whitehall and the GLA may therefore find themselves on […]

NPPF Risks ‘unsustainable’ development says CLG

The National Planning Policy Framework does not do enough to protect against unsustainable development, according to a report published by the Communities and Local Government Committee. The committee welcomed the government’s moves to simplify the planning system through the NPPF, but said it had found that some developers were using loopholes within the framework to produce speculative planning applications for “substantial” housing development at the edge of towns or villages. It said that this situation […]

Berkeley and National Grid form new homes JV

Berkeley Group has entered into a joint venture with National Grid to deliver around 14,000 new homes across London and the south east with the partnership set to become one of Britain’s top ten housebuilders, it said. The JV, named St William Homes, will see major residential and mixed use schemes built over the next ten to 15 years on a “significant” portfolio of brownfield land that National Grid owns and in key areas of […]

Launch of BREEAM for Building Refurbishment and Fit-Outs

BRE has announced the launch of BREEAM for Building Refurbishment and Fit-Outs  After two years of piloting, industry consultation and development, the draft 2014 version of the BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit-Outs scheme has now been published. The scheme will be used to assess the green credentials of non domestic conversions of existing buildings, and joins the existing BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment for converted homes. The scheme will be officially launched at MIPIM UK 2014 in […]

Barratt reports “outstanding progress”

Barratt’s completions are the highest in six years at 14,838 homes said the company today, (September 10) as it announced its results for the year ending June 30 2014. This is an 8.6% increase on the equivalent period in 2013. Barratt’s private completions rose 8.7% to 11,936 homes at an average selling price of £241,600, up 12.9%. In what the volume housebuilder has called “a year of outstanding progress,” Barratt’s pre-tax profit more than doubled […]

Case studies for WWHR released

A prominent manufacturer of Waste Water Heat Recovery (WWHR) units has released a number of case studies demonstrating the energy saved by the technology.   Shower Save has released documents showing the experience of some developers in fitting and using WWHR technology. This includes social housing organisations here in the UK, as well as larger scale units serving up to ten showers and swimming pools in northern France. You can read more about their experiences […]

Wales to Scrap Code for Sustainable Homes Requirement in July

The Welsh Minister for Housing and Regeneration has announced the withdrawal of planning policy requirements for the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM, when the changes to Part L of the Welsh Building Regulations come into force at the end of July. Currently the Welsh assembly requires minimum standards in sustainable building design under the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM schemes, for new homes and major non domestic developments. However, like all news concerning […]