BREEAM Knowledge Sharing Ambassador

Yasmin Spain, one of our Sustainability Consultants, whom sits within the BREEAM team, has been invited to be a BREEAM Knowledge Sharing Ambassador.

BREEAM Knowledge Sharing Ambassador

“BREEAM Knowledge Sharing Ambassadors are a group of Sustainable Construction Professionals representing key and diverse stakeholder groups involved with BREEAM and related construction sustainability tools. The group meet, collaborate on, create and promote knowledge sharing of key information needed in the industry to accelerate the uptake of sustainability in the built environment.”

Our Armistice Stories 

Our Armistice Stories 

As 2018 marked 100 years since the end of the First World War, AES choose to commemorate the centenary of the First World War by inviting our staff to share their families’ stories… 

Private E. Daubney of Wiltshire Regiment
Private E. Daubney (Middle)

 

“My Great Grandfather, Private E. Daubney of Wiltshire Regiment lied about his date of birth in order to become a solider in 1916 (as he was not yet 17). His mother wrote to the India War Office applying for him to be sent home. In the meantime, Private E. Daubney was shot in battle during the Mesopotamia Campaign (British and Indian troops fought against the Ottoman Turks in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) between 1914 and 1918), he survived and was sent to a hospital in India. He later died in his 80’s in Sidmouth, Devon.” Alex Brooks, Director 

 

 

 

John James Tarrant
John James Tarrant (Right)

 

 

“John James Tarrant was conscripted into the army before being killed in the “Battle of the Menin Road Ridge” in the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917.  He left a widow and two children John (my Great Grandad) and Albert who were both under the age of 5.” Yasmin Spain, BREEAM Consultant 

 

 

 

 

 

“My grandfather, Maurice Hopkins, fought in France in 1916, he was born in 1900. As he was small, being only 16, he was often posted in a forward advancing trench and from his position would feedback information on enemy movements. From his post he reported a large caterpillared vehicle identified later as an early tank.

He was also the first member of his battalion to be mustard gassed and although he lived into his 80’s, he attributed this to the fact the never grew any body hair including never having to shave! He was captured and served time in in a prisoner of war camp, during a failed escape he was shot in the leg and was returned to the camp where he resided to the end of the war. During that time he gave his great-coat to another prisoner of war planning an escape and as a reward was given an ebony cane with a silver top by an officer. My uncle still has this. To the day he died he claimed a bullet was still lodged in his knee.

He told none of his stories of gallantry until he was on his death bed and chastised anyone who did as glorifying war. Only a very few members of my family know his full service record and I believe he will rest in peace knowing the details will die with them.” Fraser Hall, DALTEC Director 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those members of staff who shared their story and their precious pictures. 

Newland Homes

LABC Regional Winner

Congratulations Newland Homes 

AES are proud to have worked with Newland Homes on their Cotswold Edge development in Mickleton, which has been named as the Best Development in the West of England at the prestigious LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018.

“Cotswold Edge is an excellent example of the care and attention that we put into all of our developments.  To have won the title of Best Development is testament to the expertise and dedication of all the Newland Homes teams involved in the design, planning and sales of these homes.” 

“We pride ourselves on building great homes and communities.  The properties at Mickleton feature Cotswold stone and slate where possible to blend in with the local vernacular and a mix of traditional homes and bungalows in response to local demand.  We’ve also supported the local community through our time building on the site, including sponsoring events as well as providing funding and support to extend the cemetery and village hall.” Jeremy Drew, Director at Newland Homes

Adapt or Die

We are looking at a changed world and we must adapt to it

Climate change, global warming, extreme weather events or whatever else one refers to it as, is not going away! 

 ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.’ Charles Darwin

Adapting building design to accommodate the changed world is an increasingly important aspect of new build projects. It’s no longer just about reducing emissions alone, designs must look to adapt to the changing climate.

BREEAM UK New Construction (NC) 2018 has developed a set of criteria which successfully allows designers to focus on solutions for adaption. There are up to 15 credits directly or indirectly associated with adapting to climate change which could help benefit your building ensuring that it can be used effectively far into the future.

Get in touch with Maxine Goodey, our in-house specialist, to discuss how we can help you achieve the BREEAM credits in a cost-effective manner whilst adding to the quality of the building design at the same time.

SAP10

Proposed amendments to the Energy Rating of Dwellings assessment procedure

 

Energy efficiency regulations are continuing to evolve, with the latest version of the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) having been published in July 2018, following a consultation process launched in November 2016. The SAP10 document incorporates a number of changes to the procedure and background figures, intended to more accurately reflect the energy consumption of dwellings and adapt the methodology to a changing environment and wider energy system.

AES Sustainability Consultants has reviewed and analysed the proposed document in order to get a clear picture of the potential impact on the housebuilding industry. The documents below provide an overview and impact assessment based on what we currently know. It is anticipated that a consultation on revisions to Part L of the Building Regulations will be launched in Spring 2019 and the amended methodology would be adopted following the conclusion of this process.

If you have any questions about the impact of these changes on your business in the future,

please contact us to discuss and we’ll be pleased to help.

 

Impact Assessment – Criterion 3 SAP 2016

SAP10 – AES Commentary – 03-10-18

What is the point of BREEAM?

BREEAM… Do you even know what it stands for?

BREEAM Green planet

As a BREEAM Assessor sometimes the most common answer I hear to the above question is ‘client wants it’ or ‘to satisfying that planning condition’. I have written this note as a beginners guide and reminder to professionals of why the construction industry needs BREEAM.

It is well known that the construction industry has huge environmental impacts on our planet. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, 2012) state that the current global built environment is responsible for:

  • 30% of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 3 billion tonnes of raw materials per annum
  • 20% of global water usage
  • 30-40% of global energy consumption

The Environment Agency (2007) report that 50% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK are caused by the energy used in constructing, occupying and operating buildings.

BREEAM seeks to reduce these impacts by encouraging developers and businesses to make positive changes.

What is BREEAM?

BREEAM stands for the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method.  It is a certification scheme to categorise, assess and rate buildings based on a standardised set of criteria.  BREEAM is operated by the BRE who are an independent trust and so are separate from the government and firms.  This allows the BRE to be both objective and credible.

What is the point of BREEAM?

Here are the six main aims of BREEAM:

Deliver Sustainable Solutions

BREEAM aims to push developments to go beyond the minimum standards and regulations

Provide a holistic framework

There are a wide range of sustainability issues that need to be considered through the life cycle stages of the development process.  BREEAM provides a weighting to different sustainability issues which are then combined to make a single score.  Therefore if you maximise the score you automatically maintain the balance.

Based on sound science

The BREEAM framework is based on scientific research with industry wide consultations.

Measure what is important

Sustainable developments consists of economic, social and environmental issues, it is easy to measure the economic impacts by looking at a purchase receipt.  BREEAM aims to make the environmental and social impacts just as easy to measure.

Support a process of change

BREEAM aims to recognise and reward developments that have gone beyond simple regulations.  BREEAM therefore provides a framework for the government to set direction and incorporate requirements in to planning legislation.

Deliverer of value for buildings and their occupants

BREEAM can deliver value through reduced running costs through less energy, water and waste consumption during both the construction and operational phase.  In addition a building that works for its occupants as BREEAM includes aspects of stakeholder participation, air quality, thermal comfort, good acoustics, safe and security issues to name but a few

 

If you have any questions or enquiries around BREEAM Assessments please do not hesitate to contact us.

Redrow River Dart Challenge

AES Consultants ready for their walk for Redrow

Redrow Homes – River Dart Charity Challenge 2018

On Friday 14th September, four consultants from AES attended the Redrow Homes River Dart Charity Challenge Day to raise money for two local charities; Rowcroft Hospice and cancer charity FORCE.

Jonathan, Ross, Laura and Yasmin volunteered to undertake the 12km hiking phase of the challenge.  The hike started in the town of Totnes, meandering along the River Dart until finishing in the beautiful village of Dittisham.  Whilst there were some tough hill climbs they were also rewarded by many stunning views of the Devon countryside.

12km walk from Totnes to Dittisham for Redrow

Thankfully the British weather was kind and despite a few blisters they all had a fantastic day raising money for two great causes. 50 people took part in this relay event, incorporating 4 different modes; cycling, running, walking and dragon boating. So far over £5,000 has been raised with more being collect through sponsorship. We would like to thank the staff at Redrow Homes for organising such a fantastic charity challenge and for inviting us to take part.

For more information on these fantastic charities please see below and follow the links Rowcroft Hospice and Force

Rowcroft Hospice

Every year Rowcroft Hospice provide care to over 2,000 patients living with life-limiting illnesses in South Devon, completely free-of-charge.  Rowcroft’s specialist and dedicated services include a 12-bedded Inpatient Unit (IPU), community services, a 24/7 Hospice at Home service to care for people at home in the last two weeks of life, and outpatient services.  The total cost of running our services is £8m per annum, with a 29% contribution from the NHS and so more than 70% of their services are therefore funded by donations.

FORCE

FORCE (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, Exeter) provides a vital role in providing local cancer services.  FORCE has contributed more than £10 million to improving the quality of treatment and care available in Exeter for cancer patients and their loved ones.  FORCE have funded £2 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment and anyone treated for cancer locally is likely to have benefited from hardware purchased by FORCE.

 

Accredited CPD – BREEAM UK New Construction

CPD Certified

BREEAM UK New Construction 2018

AES Sustainability Consultants, are proud to inform our clients that we have an accredited CPD, outlining the basic concepts, procedures and objectives of BREEAM 2018.

This CPD delivers the following learning:

  • To understand how schemes are classified under BREEAM UK New Construction 2018;
  • To understand the criterion involved in the assessment process and the weightings/contributions to achieving an overall sustainability score;
  • To be aware of minimum standards and pre-requisite requirements associated with achieving particular BREEAM scores;
  • To understand the role of a BREEAM assessor;
  • To understand the standard of evidence that is required for assessment and how it is assessed;
  • To explore the advantages that BREEAM can deliver to your development;
  • To acknowledge crucial considerations to ensure you achieve the most from BREEAM.

“Engaging in Continuing Professional Development ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or obsolete; allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘re-skill’ themselves, regardless of occupation, age or educational level.” cpduk.co.uk

This BREEAM 2018 CPD is deliverable at our office in Tiverton or an AES representative can come to you. If you wish to learn more about our BREEAM 2018 CPD, please contact us.

Bee Meadow – Baker Estates

Baker Estates Ltd
Source: Baker Estates

AES have been proud to work for Baker Estates on the first phase of this high-quality rural housing development. Bee Meadow utilises a timber frame construction alongside high-quality materials to ensure Building Regulations are met through a robust and lasting specification.

With the second phase already underway, we are looking forward to being involved in the evolution of the wider development, ensuring that new, high quality and energy efficient homes are available within a thriving local community.

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.