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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…

Health & Well Being -The Effect of Poor Air Quality

A recent survey carried out by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has found that nearly 70% of office workers in the UK are concerned that poor indoor air quality could be having a negative effect on their well-being. Also worryingly, approximately 33% feel that this could also be affecting their health. This is particularly topical due to more awareness of general health and well-being in the workplace and the increasing profile of the Well…

Virgin Money Sheffield Lounge

We recently completed this project for Virgin Money in Fargate in Sheffield. A truly unique project, that required all members of the team to work collaboratively and proactively. The fit out included some very interesting details, unusual finishes and a bowling alley in the basement. Check out the video to see some of the attention to detail! For more information please contact us at info@energy-lab.co.uk or check out some of our other projects on www.energy-lab.co.uk….

Construction Products Regulation – latest updates for data cabling

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) has been in force since 2011, but is being phased in over a number of years. One of the latest phases applied from 1st July 2016 and relates to the fire performance requirements of construction products, including cables that are fixed in a building. CPR will require all cables marketed in the European Economic Area (EEA) to carry a CE mark. To get a CE mark, all cables will require to…

Brexit – What does it mean for managing energy in your building?

Many of the current legal obligations for energy management are based on EU legislation, such as DECs and ESOS, so will Brexit affect the way be manage energy in the future? The answer, like most Brexit answers at the moment, is ‘maybe’. Unsurprisingly environmental and energy management legislation is complex and will take some unpicking, but here is a synopsis of what we do know: UK Legislation such as Climate Change Levy, Enhanced Capital Allowances…

CfSH and the new planning approach

Planning now: Until recently, as well as complying with the Building Regulations, developers had to comply with any additional requirements imposed on them by local planning authorities by way of planning conditions. What is the new approach? The new approach is an attempt to simplify the process and combine some Planning requirements within the Building Control requirements. How? Optional requirements are to be introduced for the first time. Local planning authorities can choose whether or not…