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Save the date! New regulations have been announced.

Following years of delays and discussions in Westminster, energy efficiency standards for new developments in England have taken a big leap forward this week. On December 15th, 2021, the UK Government published a series of…

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The challenge of embodied carbon on construction sites

2021 was the year we came out of the pandemic and seriously took stock of our carbon footprint at home, at work, when we travel, and what our Government’s are doing about the bigger picture.…

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Heat pumps for renovations

There’s been a lot of debate in the news recently about how the UK is soon to turn its back on gas boilers in favour of heat pumps. We have known about this for a…

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New energy targets for Scotland buildings

With all the recent coverage about changing energy performance targets for new buildings in England and Wales, it wasn’t going to be long before the Scottish Government followed suit. Developers north of the border can…

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SAP 10.2 walks into a bar… nobody looks up

Designers of new build homes are continuing to proceed with caution whilst we await news of major changes to energy efficiency targets in England and Wales. One of these updated policies will be a new…

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Options for Thermal Bridging

Architects know that a well-insulated dwelling is key to achieving low emission rates on new build developments. High specification windows and thick quantities of insulation in the walls, floors and roofs means less heat can…

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New Planning Framework

Fresh guidance has been issued to planners across England to look more favourably on new  developments that are well designed, encourage healthier living and are more sustainable. This announcement from Westminster includes a complete rewrite…

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New overheating targets worrying developers

At the start of 2021, both the UK and Welsh Governments released draft versions of a new building regulation specifically designed to target overheating in new buildings. A consultation into the new requirements has been…

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The wave of change – the next five years

The wave of change – the next five years Targets on the energy efficiency, running costs, and thermal comfort of buildings are changing. The current regulations haven’t budged for eight years and, just like the…

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Acorn Property Group partners with Energist UK, and launches new sustainability vision

Leading housebuilder Acorn Property Group has made two major announcements this week; the official launch of Acorn Green, a sustainability focused vision that encompasses their full development portfolio of current and pipeline sites across the…

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