WELL, WELL, WELL

WELL Building Standard The International WELL Building Institute launched the WELL Building Standard version 1 in 2014.

Grounded on medical research, the WELL Building Standard (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact on human health and well-being. Today there are now 109 certified WELL projects and 840 WELL registered projects worldwide.

In May 2018, the WELL version 2 (v2) pilot was launched, this is the next version of the pioneering WELL Building Standard.  The WELL v2 standard presents a set of requirements for ten relevant factors, or Concepts; Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community.  Placing people’s well-being at the heart of design and construction can enhance their health and experience, generate savings in medical and productivity costs, and so add value to real estate assets.

AES Sustainability Consultants, are pleased to announce that BREEAM Consultant Yasmin Spain is a qualified WELL AP (Accredited Professional) and will enable us to offer the WELL AP project role in addition to our BREEAM Services in a commercially viable manor.

 

Welcome New Starters…

Image of 6 new employees at AESSC

We had a very successful recruitment drive this Spring, we have now grown our team by 6 more employees!

Edward Brown (Top Left), Charlotte Dutton (Top Middle), Edward Ettling (Top Right) and Ben Westall (Bottom Middle) have all joined us a Graduate Sustainability Consultants and have just completed their 3-week intensive training with Ross. They will now be mentored by members of the team for the next 18 weeks whilst they complete design stage SAP calculations.

Danni-Marie Chant (Bottom left) joined us in June as a Technical Administrator, providing support to the consultant team in the production of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

Yasmin Spain (Bottom Right), our newest recruit who started yesterday, has relocated from London to join us as an experienced BREEAM Consultant.

I am sure you will all join me in welcoming our newest employees. Keep an eye on our careers page if you would like the opportunity to join our growing team.

Upcoming changes to SAP and Part L – What we know so far…

You may be aware that there is some discussion in the industry relating to an update to the energy assessment procedure for residential developments, generally referred to as SAP10, or SAP2018.

  It’s important to note that until the final document is published – which we expect to be sometime this summer – we only have the government response to the SAP consultation to guide us as to what this may look like. Following this, a consultation on changes to Part L itself can be expected towards the end of the year, which may introduce further and potentially more wide-ranging changes to be adopted in 2019.

At this stage, it appears there will be a number of minor technical amendments to SAP, as well as some more substantial changes which could have an impact on your current strategy for Part L1A 2013 compliance.

Some of these changes are likely to bring improvements in assessed performance, however the majority may make it more challenging to achieve compliance;

  • Changes to carbon emissions factors, the most significant of which is a reduction in the emissions from electricity of around 23%, to reflect progress that has been made in decarbonising the National Grid. This is likely to make electric heating systems more viable, however conversely would reduce the benefit from PV systems currently used to meet carbon reduction targets, leading to larger systems being required.
  • Changes to the assessment of thermal bridging, to remove the use of the ‘approved’ values associated with using Accredited Construction Details (ACDs) and worsen the default values. For many clients, we already mitigate this impact through ensuring that all your main building junctions are thermally modelled. We can calculate these on a one-off basis, or build a full library based on your standard detailing to use on future projects.
  • A more accurate assessment of hot water consumption would require us to account for the energy consumption and emissions from electric showers – which are overlooked in the current methodology – as well as more accurately reflect the design flow rates.
  AES are involved with various industry groups which guide and discuss this area of the Building Regulations, so we’re keeping abreast of developments and will provide an update when we have more definitive news. There may also be other changes in the future relating to compliance and enforcement, which are expected to now be on the agenda following the conclusion of the Hackitt Review – again, you’ll know when we know.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss any of the above, or anything you’ve heard on the grapevine in relation to the changes. As soon as any final documentation is published, the team at AES will analyse the impacts and publish a further newsletter to advise you of any implications.

As always, we will work with you to find value-engineered solutions that work for your business.

Lunchtime CPD: ISO Energy

“The CPD was useful. For example, we learnt about bolt-on renewable technologies from an installer’s perspective.”

Calum of ISO Energy recently provided our consultants with their June lunchtime CPD (Continuing Professional Development). 

When the consultants apply these renewable technologies in SAP they will have more of an understanding of the feasibility and the practical implications. For example, they learnt that if a ground source heat pump (which is too big) is installed, it can lead to the ground freezing!

Learning of the maintenance and payback costs for renewable technologies provided the consultants with a more holistic view, including the experience of these technologies at post-construction stage.

Calum of ISO Energy 

“It was interesting to learn of new lesser known technologies – e.g.heat exchanges in rivers and small-scale hydro.” 

“I now have more of an idea of a homeowner’s perspective – payback periods and RHI” 

” I learnt the impacts associated with sizing renewable technologies and installing correctly to ensure efficiency (including what happens when it goes wrong).”

” I now have someone to contact with questions regarding practicality.”

Would you like to provide our consultants with a lunchtime CPD? Please Contact us here to arrange.

10 Years of Service

This month we had the pleasure of recognising Greg Lock’s 10 years of service celebration

Fraser Hall (Left) and Greg Lock (Right)

Greg is a Senior Team Manager at DALTEC Ltd (our sister company) and has been with the company since those days when it operated from a shed in Jon’s garden.

10 years of dedicated service to our clients and to our Company is a noteworthy achievement and to commemorate this milestone in Greg’s career, the Director of DALTEC Ltd Fraser Hall, presented a personalised hip flask (Tin is the recognised tradition for a 10 year anniversary). 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Greg for his loyalty, hard work and professionalism. We look forward to another 10 years of working with Greg…

 

Book Recommendation: Designed to Perform by Tom Dollard

Designed to Perform: An illustrated guide to designing and constructing better homes. 

“Using annotated details, drawings and photos taken from live construction sites, this book identifies common problems and provides valuable best practice guidelines. It will enable practitioners and students alike to deliver high quality energy efficient design and allow homes to do what they should be doing: providing a low energy, healthy environment in which to live.”

Our Senior Sustainability Consultant, Silvio Junges, is acknowledged in Dollard’s book for collaborating towards projects that inspired this book.

Order from RIBA Book Shop: https://www.ribabookshops.com/item/designed-to-perform-an-illustrated-guide-to-delivering-energy-efficient-homes/87999/

Seeking a Technical Administrator

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, self-motivated Administrator.

This is a full time position, based at our Tiverton office. The successful candidate will provide support to the consultant team in the production of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

Please take a look at our Careers page to find our more details. The advert will remain open until the post is filled.

16 ft-high installation from 15,000 plastic bottles

Architect and maker Nick Wood, of How About Studio was commissioned by ZSL London to create a instillation to represent the #OneLess campaign.

This 16 ft-high instillation is made from 15,000 discarded single-use bottles collected from London.

Source: Building Magazine / Claire Doherty / Alamy Stock Photo

How about Studio explain that “the structure is inspired by ocean flows and the architecture of Indonesia – where the plastic problem is having a direct effect on the environment.”

We love this instillation and would urge anyone in London take the opportunity to view and raise your awareness whilst you can, the instillation will be on show until September 2018.

Follow these links to learn more… 

https://thamesestuarypartnership.org/oneless/ 

http://www.howaboutstudio.com/filter/ARCHITECTURE/SPACE-OF-WASTE

https://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/news/plastic-not-so-fantastic

Learning the ropes – Jonathan’s Sailing Day

We understand the importance of client relations and the benefits it can bring to our consultants personal and professional development.

When Jonathan, one of our Sustainability Consultants, was recently asked if he could join our client on their Company Sailing Day, we didn’t hesitate to approve.

The day provided Jonathan with the opportunity to explore the waters around Dorset, meet other industry professionals in a neutral environment and get to know our client a little better.

We are very grateful to all of our generous clients that have invited our consultants to partake in many wonderful character building opportunities over the years.

 

Qualified Thermographers

DALTEC Ltd are pleased to announce that they have two BINDT (The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing) qualified PCN IRT Thermographers.

DALTEC Ltd have completed their first survey for a client. They highlighted areas of energy loss causing cold spots in a recently occupied dwelling. A full site report is provided, including photos of the exact areas identified both internally and externally.

Front External 2

 

Images like these, alongside the full site report, will help our client carry out swift and specific remedial work to rectify the concerns identified by the occupier.

 

DALTEC Ltd are now able to offer a thermography service to our clients. Clients may utilise this service for BREEAM credits, client requirement, occupier complaint resolution or purely for quality assurance and peace of mind.

If you are interested in this service, please call us on 01884 242050 or fill in the contact form.