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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…

Update on EPC requirements

EPC and the forthcoming changes: From April 2018, the proposed legislative changes by the Department for Energy & Climate Change would make it unlawful to let residential or commercial properties with an EPC Rating of F or G. The new requirements will apply to both  domestic and non-domestic as highlighted in the time line diagram below: 1st April 2016 (Tenant’s energy efficiency improvements): From 1st April 2016, any domestic tenants potentially have the right to…

Partner Marian Hamilton speaks about National Women In Engineering Day

It is National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) today. Our Partner, Marian Hamilton, gives a candid view on this: At the age of 15 I decided to become an engineer. This came about for two reasons: 1. I wanted to make a difference and 2. It was 1979, I lived in East Glasgow where unemployment and poverty was the norm and I wanted to get out and get a career. I will be honest –…

We’re working in Cardiff!

Haywood House North Currently on site, we are monitoring the MEP installations in this 1800qm CAT A refurbishment in central Cardiff. The works involve a complete strip out of the aged chilled water fan coil based system and replacing with a new VRF strategy. The new system involves lifting units off the floor and into the ceiling, hence freeing up valuable net lettable office floor space. The works also include a completely new servicing strategy…

Have you heard?

Project News Have a look at the new the newly finished 12 Golden Square !!  12 Golden square is a prestigious multi-occupied office building in Soho, London. We were involved in the 5,000sqft CAT B fit out for Highland Capital with architects Matheson Whiteley and contractor London Fit Out. Completed in early 2016, the project had the double challenges of a limited budget and an aggressive programme. We worked with the architect to help plan…

Take A Peak…

A few members of the energylab team went to the ALUK studio today to see how the project is coming along. With completion underway, the stunning design studio is starting to come together.

Jason Lucraft, joins the team!

Hot off the press! Energylab, welcomes the newest member of the team, Jason Lucraft, set to join on the 16/02/16. Jason is an CAD Technician with over 6 years of general industry experience. As an advanced user of AutoCAD, Jason has worked on various projects such as student accommodation, residential, commercial office and retail projects. We are thrilled to have Jason strengthen our CAD support team and hope he settles in well.