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Happy 2020 and happy new decade!

Happy 2020 and happy new decade!

Happy New Year to everyone – I hope it finds you well. The new year, and in particular a new decade, is often a time for reflection, and this is no different for us here at Energylab. We are now entering our 7th year in business, and a lot has changed for us in that time. From modest beginnings back in 2013, we are now a team of 7, with a diverse skill set and...
A very ‘lab_’ Christmas, just like the ones we used to know…

A very ‘lab_’ Christmas, just like the ones we used to know…

Any friends of ours here at Energylab who have known us for a while, will know that, as part of the lab_ collective, we don’t do Christmas parties by half. They’re far from ‘normal’ - as is probably our way with most things, now we think about it!  Of course, this Christmas was no different. As we all locked up the office on the chilly morning of the 12th of December, no one knew quite...
Integrity in our Industry – What are we doing to inspire the next generation?

Integrity in our Industry – What are we doing to inspire the next generation?

I recently took part in the CIBSE Build2Perform Conference, where I was part of a panel discussion on integrity within the industry. My short presentation focused on how we need to attract more young talent to our industry, but we are not doing a very good job so far! This led me to look back on an article I wrote last year on a similar topic, which I have reproduced below. Unfortunately, it seems little...

Happy 2019!

Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2018 was a successful year for you and that 2019 also holds promise. For Energylab, 2018 marked our 5th year in business and proved to be a successful one. We won a number of prestigious projects and also won a couple of awards. Our Founding Partner, Marian Ferguson, won the MEP category at the European WICE Awards, while our practice won Best Engineering Design Consultancy at BUILD…

Why Diversity matters

Why Diversity matters

Diversity and its bedfellow, Equality, are high profile at the moment and making news headlines both in the UK and in the international arena. About time too. What does this mean for the construction industry, often seen as one of the least diverse sectors? The construction industry has been attempting to change its image for some time and the momentum on equality and diversity will hopefully help this along. I personally have seen some great…

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – what do they mean for me?

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 sets out minimum efficiency standards and this year they come into effect for non-domestic property. There has been a lot of coverage of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), but what does it mean for the various stakeholders in a property? Below is a quick high level summary: Landlords From 1st April 2018, a landlord cannot enter into a new tenancy agreement if the building has an…

Are you ready for the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards?

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force 1 April 2018. Are you ready? Do you know what the implications are? In relation to commercial buildings, the standards will require properties subject to new leases and renewals to achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of at least an E rating. How can this be achieved if your building falls short of this? We would recommend looking at your current EPC rating and checking the…

Zero carbon target for new residential developments

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has implemented a new approach to new residential development standards for low carbon homes. The policy wording states: “‘Zero carbon’ homes are homes forming part of major development applications where the residential element of the application achieves at least a 35 per cent reduction in regulated carbon dioxide emissions (beyond Part L 2013) on-site. The remaining regulated carbon dioxide emissions, to 100 per cent, are to be off-set through a…