Our News & Updates

18th September 2017
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SAP L1B extensions, do the calculations right the first time, don’t pay twice.

Unfortunately, there are some architects and builders using a simplified spreadsheet to give L1B compliance to building control for extensions, with inaccurate and misleading results. This is something that more and more local authorities are noticing and gives a very real risk of having your …

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25th July 2017
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SAP 2012 v7.0 Conventions – Briary Summary

Summary (in effect from 31 August 2017 v 7.0) For any and all Scottish SAPs refer to further differences on the 38 page document. In short, most Scottish regulations are more onerous. 1.04 Thermal Bridges must now be signed off before producing an EPC. 2.01 ...
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4th July 2017
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Completions surge at CALA

CALA has seen new home completions rise 46% to 1,677 in the year to the end of June, 526 higher than the previous year. In a trading update issued today (July 4th), the firm says it is on track to deliver its strategic growth plan …

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7th April 2017
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Building Regulations Part F – Ventilation

A recent study published in the journal Building and Environment, has found that people working in green buildings; with optimum ventilation, lighting and heating controls; think better in the office and sleep better when they get home. As well as in the work place, this …

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22nd March 2017
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Smart Meter Roll Out

The government are currently in the process of rolling out smart meters to all UK homes. So far 3.3m first generation smart meters have been installed in UK homes. The plan is by the end of 2020, around 53 million smart electricity and gas meters, …

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1st February 2017
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Case Study – Baltic Wharf

Baltic Wharf is a prestigious development of apartments and hillside homes, situated a short walk from the market town of Totness in South Devon. It is on a site of a working boatyard adjacent to the River Dart. As the second oldest borough in England, …

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20th January 2017
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Heating With Ice (Infographic)

Using innovative technology, with their ice storage system Viessmann show us how they can heat and cool a building using ice. To do this, they use the example of Stommel Haus’ award winning home in the Aberdeenshire hills, a development which we were closely involved …

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10th January 2017
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Halogen Lighting Phased Out / LEDs – No-brainer

In a boost for highly efficient LED lighting; from September 2016, energy guzzling halogen spotlights were phased out across Europe. It is one of several changes, in an effort for European countries to reach their 2020 carbon reduction targets, as per the Energy Efficiency Directive. …

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9th January 2017
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Solar Roof Tiles

Solar Tiles, also known as solar shingles or solar slates, are designed to look like ordinary roof tiles meaning they blend in with the rest of the roof and often considered to be less obtrusive than traditional solar panels being bolted on to roofs. Tesla, …

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24th November 2016
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Heating with Ice

We have recently been involved in a development utilising the ground breaking ‘Heating with Ice’ technology. Stommel Haus, a German based premium manufacturer of offsite eco houses, with whom we work closely on their UK projects, have installed the Viessmann Ice Store Energy system, to …

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