An Odd Sock Team Meeting

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) this year was inspired by one of our staff members, who’s 3 year old son Jesse received a post-natal diagnosis of Down Syndrome at four weeks old.

WDSD occurs annually and presents a unique opportunity for families, advocates, professionals and organisations such as ourselves to both celebrate and raise awareness of Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome also known as Trisomy 21 is a condition where a child is born with an extra chromosome by chance. People with Down Syndrome will likely have a varied level of additional needs, but can and do lead full and rewarding lives.

This year WDSD has sought to highlight a number of issues, including giving people with Down Syndrome the chance to shine through employment. Jesse, like any other child has his challenges, but he is a very happy little chap who brings joy to all and has huge potential. One day when he enters the work place, we can only hope there are employers out there who are willing to give him a chance, like Simone in this fab new video and sung by none other than Sting! ‘The Hiring Chain’ – Take a look! THE HIRING CHAIN performed by STING | World Down Syndrome Day 2021 – YouTube

Here’s how our Odd Sock meeting turned out! Happy World Down Syndrome Day 2021.

MHCLG published their long awaited consultation on overheating in January 2021

The proposal adopts a risk-based assessment which distinguishes between Greater London (Significant Risk) and the rest of England (Moderate Risk). Depending on the fabric elements (glazing exposed to the outside) and the provision of cross ventilation, the ability to limit solar gains and the removal of excess heat must be proven using the simplified methodology. A simplified assessment means that some design restrictions would be applied, or alternatively compliance can be demonstrated through dynamic simulation.

AES Sustainability Consultants have looked at practical examples of what the implications of the simplified method could look like. Outside of London, we do not anticipate any major problems meeting the maximum glazed area. The challenge for the designer will rather lie in the provision of sufficient free area for natural ventilation.

We welcome the proposed new method as it will provide an incentive to address maximum glazing and minimum free area early in the design process but also allow the flexibility to go to dynamic simulation assessment. Please click here for further information on the consultation response.