This week saw the release of updated guidance on how to prepare energy assessments by the GLA. The new document will replace the 2016 guidance from the beginning of next year and echoes some of the policy changes proposed as part of the Draft London Plan. The update is notable as it encourages the use of SAP 10 carbon emissions factors. These factors assign an amount of carbon per unit of energy consumed or generated in … more

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We are really excited about our first edition of Engage which is being launched today. This is the first in a series of thought leadership pieces around the future of sustainability. In this issue we present the insights given to us by industry leaders in the built environment about how sustainability has changed, what the barriers have been, and what the future for it holds.    

Last week was Green Sky Thinking Week 2018, an annual event organised by Open City to spread best practice for sustainability in the built environment. This year’s theme was ‘People First’, with a task of exploring sustainable design from the human perspective.  This seemed a great opportunity to talk about Clapham Park, a major regeneration project that has been designed with people in mind. From the outset of the Clapham … more

The UK Government think they have part of the answer in the creation of a new fund designed to decarbonise heat in cities across the UK. The Government are committing £320m to unlock over £1bn of private investment in heat networks. The aim is for this investment to deliver three things: Heating that is secure and flexible enough to promote access to new technologies; Heating that is affordable … more

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Late on Wednesday evening last week at Lambeth Town Hall, planning permission was granted for Metropolitan to undertake the £1.6bn redevelopment of Clapham Park in South London. Greengage are incredibly proud to have been instrumental in this process, having managed the Environmental Impact Assessment, Energy Strategy, Sustainability, Ecology and Arboricultural work for the scheme. This was the largest ever full detailed planning application submitted, requiring the coordination of … more

Following publication of the draft London Plan, Greengage have the following energy-related recommendations for new projects: Include Accredited or Enhanced Construction Detailing (ACDs or ECDs) within the domestic architectural package. Residential developments should aim to achieve a 10% CO2 reduction from energy efficiency measures alone. All Greengage developments in 2017 achieved the 10% reduction, including the Clapham Park development. Early dynamic thermal modelling proposed buildings/spaces to understand where … more

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­­­­With the government announcement that the sale of new diesel & petrol cars will be banned by 2040, development projects across the UK are hurriedly assessing the feasibility of additional EV parking provision. The announcement was made in the government air quality plan at the end of July, which includes the promise of £40m immediately to start local schemes rolling, which could include: changing road layouts, retrofitting public … more

In 2014-16 Greengage acted as Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Lead Assessors for several organisations, providing energy efficiency advice to identify prospects for investment in energy efficiency projects. One of those organisations was McLaren Construction Ltd who have been leading voices in the industry seeking to minimise the environmental impact of construction activities. When the business was initially assessed in 2015/16 we focussed on identifying the energy use of … more

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Summer has seen the culmination of Greengage’s work to support a planning application for a large, residential-led mixed use development at Clapham Park, London. Greengage were appointed as the energy lead for the development. Additional duties included supporting the environmental design to achieve occupant comfort and provide natural ventilation strategies within some buildings. The project has benefitted from our wider environmental design services to lead the creation of … more

From October 2016 zero carbon homes in London has been GLA planning policy, however a recent review of the latest planning submissions shows developments are avoiding, at least in part, the cost of this additional requirement. London Plan policy 5.2. requires that new homes built in London are built to a zero carbon standard with any residual emissions being offset by payment to Boroughs; for most projects this … more

From this week (1st October) all new major residential development in London will be required to be zero carbon which will increase costs for development and the time to complete Energy Statements to support planning applications. In the recent publication of the guidance to developers for Energy Statements, the GLA reiterated their London Plan policy 5.2 commitment of zero carbon residential development from 2016. The timetable was updated … more

Developments seeking to reduce carbon dioxide emissions often allow for the installation of a Combined Heat & Power (CHP) engine. However, two recent decisions (one technical, the other policy based) could signal an end to the use of CHP and re-examination of existing/proposed schemes. CHP engines enable the generation of heat and electricity for use or export within buildings. The use of heat produced as a by-product of … more

Recent bad publicity for the Environment Agency could influence how new fines are applied to businesses and make organisations reassess their attitudes towards energy use. From 2016 the Environment Agency (EA) will look to recover their operating costs of £10m through the enforcement of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and subsequent fines on large organisations. From the beginning of February the Environment Agency will, therefore, be hunting businesses … more

On 12 December governments from nearly 200 countries agreed to limit global warming to ‘well below 2C and to pursue temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels’. Now that the dust has settled on this historic deal, we look at what the implications and opportunities are for our sector. Intended nationally defined contributions (INDCs) from governments (pledges to curb or cut emissions) are a significant aspect recognised by the … more

Here at Greengage we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver truly sustainable solutions through a holistic, innovative and no nonsense approach. We asked our expert team to describe how we apply our wealth of knowledge in a way that provides our clients with bespoke sustainability and energy advice. Watch our video below to see Ruth Geeson, Iain Fraser and Richa Kumar discuss our work within the energy … more

In our latest CPD, Greengage will help project managers, architects, engineers and cost consultants to understand the importance of embodied carbon and how you can deliver buildings with a lower carbon footprint. The UK Government’s Construction 2025 strategy sets out a strategic vision for the future of the industry. Amongst the key challenges to the industry is the target of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in … more

Whilst new research commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change has found that there has been a significant increase in awareness about the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) many companies still don’t know what they need to do to comply. An IFF Research survey found that 89% of businesses had heard of ESOS by June this year compared to 56% it reported in November 2014 but … more

Following a review of the Carbon Reduction Committment (CRC) the government recently launched a consultation  seeking views on proposals to significantly reform the requirements for businesses to report on their energy use and measures to reduce it. The current policy landscape has been criticised by businesses that they are required to report similar information through a number of different schemes, leading to unnecessary administrative costs that could have … more

On Thursday last week, Greengage attended the UK Green Building Council Embodied Carbon Conference, an event that is built on the outputs of the 2014 Embodied Carbon Week. At a time when we are seeing a reduced likelihood of legislation driving embodied carbon measurement and reduction, the industry came together to share and encourage best practice. In the absence of central political leadership, local authorities explained how they … more

Following the July review of the CRC, this week HM Treasury launched a consultation seeking views and evidence on proposals to reform the business energy efficiency tax landscape and associated regulations, including the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and Climate Change Agreements, and energy and carbon reporting including links to the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme. In short, a major shakeup of energy and carbon regulations is around the corner. … more