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Mind the Gap: Measuring the Performance Gap

Mind the Gap: Measuring the Performance Gap Most major development projects will have a gap between emissions measured during tests and in real life. To close it, we first have to measure it. Almost every project has one: a gap between the performance as measured by...

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Sustainability in Construction, What Does it Mean?

Sustainability in Construction, What Does it Mean? Sustainable construction is about taking a comprehensive approach throughout the entire lifecycle of a building, from planning to decommissioning. Climate change is upon us. It is real, serious and everyone, with the...

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Sustainability Strategy for a Major Regeneration Project

Sustainability Strategy for a Major Regeneration Project Major regeneration projects are cropping up all over the UK, but in an environmentally conscious age, they will all need a strong sustainability strategy.When it comes to housing, the UK faces a difficult...

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ESOS Phase 2: The Complete Guide

ESOS Phase 2: The Complete Guide The deadline for complying with ESOS Phase 2 is nearly upon us, but many companies are struggling to fulfil their obligations. This December sees the deadline for phase 2 of the EU’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). However,...

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How Materials Can Help You Meet Regulations

How Materials Can Help You Meet Regulations New buildings must meet a growing list of regulations on energy efficiency. How you use materials will affect your chances of passing those regulations and the cost of doing so. As planners and developers strive to comply...

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SAP Assessments: Mastering The Dark Arts

SAP Assessments: Mastering The Dark Arts SAPs are becoming more demanding as pressure grows on builders to meet increasingly more demanding energy efficiency targets. Here are a few of the dark arts which can help you through. Successive Governments have tried to...

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TM52/59 Reports: How do they Impact on Planning?

TM52/59 Reports: How do they Impact on Planning? As homes become more energy efficient, they run into a different problem – overheating. TM52 and TM59 reports provide an accurate assessment of what risks you might face. Overheating is a growing problem for homes in...

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Over-heating in new buildings. Climate change impact.

Over-heating in new buildings. Climate change impact. Builders are under pressure to ensure new builds meet highly exacting standards of energy efficiency, but that creates another problem – overheating. Overheating is becoming a growing threat, especially among new...

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The Past, Present and Future of Sustainability

The Past, Present and Future of Sustainability The UK’s approach to sustainability has taken a few twists and turns, so what’s changing, where is it going and what should the construction industry consider? The UK has been one of the world leaders in working towards...

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