London Plan Update

The latest draft of the New London Plan was published in August 2018, and once it has been through examination in public it is expected to be adopted towards the end of 2019 or early 2020.

The draft plan contains a number of policy changes relating to sustainable construction and carbon emissions reduction, which are likely to have a material impact on energy strategies for new development. In advance of adoption, updated guidance on the calculation of carbon emissions for new developments from January 2019 has also been published, so some of the changes will impact all new applications from the start of this year.

We have reviewed the policy and supporting documents and produced a summary of the key impacts and things that our clients should be aware of – for further details please contact our office to discuss how we can help.


Reducing the performance gap with BREEAM

  The BREEAM UK New Construction 2018, was released earlier this year. The updated scheme has a number of changes including methods and guidance to address the ever-widening energy performance gap between buildings design versus in use.

Recent data has shown that the gap between the predicted and actual energy performance of new building is significant, with actual performance often between 2 to 10 times higher than that determined by compliance calculations calculated at design. The performance gap has to be closed rapidly, if we are to meet our carbon emission targets.

  BREEAM UK NC 2018 has introduced Predicted Operational Energy Consumption (POEC) modelling and analysis which will help highlight where buildings are not performing as expected, allowing the designs to be appropriately adapted to improve efficiency as far as reasonably possible.

Up to 6 credits are directly associated with the POEC modelling. AES Sustainability Consultants can help you achieve these credits, but more importantly will highlight solutions for energy efficiency, helping to close the performance gap meaning a reduction in ongoing running costs.

  AES has over 12 years’ experience in addressing energy performance and have developed a cost-conscious approach to addressing the performance gap using POEC modelling.

If you would like more information on this please feel free to contact Claire Stone our in-house energy expert.

Meet the new starters…

We recently had a very successful recruitment drive, resulting in 6 new colleagues this November! We thought it would be nice for you to meet the team…

Image of New Starters         Image of Melanie Lewis

Aaron Moon (Graduate Sustainability Consultant)

I’m 21, for the past three years I have been studying BSc Environmental Science at the University of Exeter, based at their Cornwall campus. I have always had a keen interest in nature and wanted to pursue a career that would help make a positive change for the environment!

Alice Gent (Graduate Sustainability Consultant)

I’m 23, I grew up on a farm in Broadclyst, near Exeter, and studied Geography at Aberystwyth University in Wales. I enjoy lots of different hobbies, but recent pastimes I’ve been loving include pottery, cake decorating and hiking.

Ella Cowen (Graduate Sustainability Consultant)

I’m 22, I studied Maths at Durham University and Sustainable Development at Exeter University. When I’m not working I can be found playing rugby, dog walking and sea swimming.

Eloise Utley (Graduate Sustainability Consultant)

I studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cardiff Uni and then spent a year managing a pub before starting my Master’s in Energy and Sustainability at Southampton Uni. In my spare time I enjoy horse riding and doing Karate.

Melanie Lewis (Technical Administrator)

A lover of travelling, I have been fortunate enough to visit some incredible locations around the world before settling in Tiverton. Now I’m based in Devon, I spend my spare time walking the dog and watching the local rugby games.

Kieran Davies (Graduate Sustainability Consultant)

I’m 24, I studied Physics at Bristol University and Sustainable Energy at Glasgow University. When I was younger I wanted be an astronaut. My favourite hobbies are playing five-a-side football and cooking.

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.