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.
Life Cycle Assessment
The materials we choose can bring with them a surprisingly high carbon footprint. A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) predicts the carbon footprint of the materials you have chosen from their creation through to final demolition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.