BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment
Although BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment does not appear in building regulations, your Local Planning Authority (LPA) may add it into the planning conditions on your residential project.
Many planning departments now expect developers of large projects to complete a BREEAM assessment. This detailed assessment goes beyond the requirements of Building Regulations and ensures your building is designed and constructed to a high standard.
SAP Calculation and EPC
You will need a SAP calculation for residential buildings at Design Stage and when the construction is complete. Making changes mid-build can impact the final calculation so getting the specification on your development right first time is important.
Is your Local Planning Authority (LPA) insisting on renewable technology targets? With different requirements set by each LPA, you may need to change your design for different authorities.
You will need to have an SBEM calculation completed if you are planning to construct a new commercial or non-domestic building. With strict emission targets to meet, getting the specification right on your development is more important now than ever.
London Plan Energy Strategy
Are you developing in the London boroughs? There are stringent CO2 targets in place specific to London that reach far beyond current Building Regulation targets. It’s always worth checking with the LPA before submitting your planning application.
Air Leakage Testing
Are your completion dates looming? Ensure an Air Leakage Test doesn’t delay your completion date with our same day retest and 60 minute certificate promise.
New development land needs to be assessed for its ecological value. Although not currently a building regulation, it can be required as part of a planning application and is needed if you're building to a Code for Sustainable Homes or BREEAM standard.
Noise and Vibration
Are you building near a train line or busy road? You may need to provide evidence at the planning stage to show you have taken the right steps to sound proof your building. Don't risk your end result and have an initial survey at pre-construction stage.
Our homes and places of work are being built more air tight than ever before. This is great for keeping the cold out in winter, but can cause serious heat problems in the summer.
Acoustic Testing (or Sound Testing) will likely by required within your planning conditions. Acoustic Surveys measure the noise and vibration that can negatively impact the relationship between a building, the environment and the neighbours.
It is well established that a home with lots of natural light feels warmer and is a more pleasant place to live in. However, in some more built-up areas the access to natural light is compromised by the presence existing buildings.
EcoHomes is a credit-based scheme for residential refurbishments and extensions. Although the scheme officially expired in 2014, it may still apply to older projects and Local Planning Authorities can still insist on you achieving an agreed level.
Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH)
Code for Sustainable Homes has been phased out throughout England and Wales, although councils can still ask developers to meet certain energy and water targets. Applications submitted before 26 March 2015 will need to see The Code through to the end.
Home User Guide (HUG)
You wouldn’t expect to get a new car without a user manual, so why should a house be any different? Give your development marketing a boost by offering a HUG with practical instructions on how to use the building services efficiently.
SAP for Extensions and Renovations
Energy efficiency isn’t just a concern for new dwellings. There are regulations in place that cover home extensions, dwelling renovations and change of use developments and you may need to meet Government targets on CO2 levels.
Home Quality Mark (HQM)
Demonstrate to potential buyers how well a dwelling performs and raise awareness of home quality with the voluntary Home Quality Mark scheme.
Planning in London
Avoid time consuming re-designs and additional costs further down the line by getting the right approach first time to secure planning permission in London.
Water Efficiency Calculations (Part G)
We’re regularly reminded that water is a resource to be used sensibly and if you’re building in an area particularly prone to drought, you may need to meet stricter water efficiency targets.
Thermal Bridging Analysis
Are you experiencing heat loss in your dwelling? Thermal bridges are unwanted routes of heat transfer through building fabric, occurring at junction points between heat loss elements. Analysis can help you identify design issues that cause condensation.