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BREEAM Excellent helps Planners see The Light - July 2012

Image: Conran and Partners

After the success of The Light Boutique ApartHotel in Manchester, planning permission has now been granted for The Light, Brighton.  CHBS have been working together with Conran & Partners to create a design for a sustainable aparthotel with 56 serviced apartments over six floors and duplex penthouses on the top two levels.  The building will be constructed to BREEAM Excellent standards and the design incorporates a highly thermally efficient building shell to reduce energy demand with low carbon technology incorporated to further reduce environmental impact.

Links:

worldarchitecturenews.com

conranandpartners

The Light Boutique ApartHotel

Calling all graduates - February 2012

Due to our increased workload, we are again looking to recruit recent graduates for internship positions at our Head Office in South Manchester.  Any prospective candidates can find more details on our recruitment page.

BREEAM and Code Tracker web portal goes LIVE! - April 2011

Due to our increased number of BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes projects and our constant desire to improve the level of service to our clients CHBS will now undertake all BREEAM and Code projects using a web-based BREEAM and Code Tracker portal.  This will allow all members of the Project Team to log in at their own convenience and view a live status update of the assessment progress. They will be able to download detailed reports and upload evidence directly to the system which has been chosen for it's excellent user-friendly, intuitive interface.  This will not replace the personal service that we  continue to provide, but is a very useful tool to everyone involved in our BREEAM and Code projects.

Walthamstow Central Station - January 2011

A gas-fired CHP and photovoltaics combined energy strategy  and Code Level 4 sustainability strategy ensures a green light for Walthamstow Central Station redevelopment.

This month planning permission has been granted for the £20 million regeneration of Walthamstow Central Station.

CHBS are the appointed Building Services and Sustainability Consultants engaged by Solum Regeneration, a Network Rail and Kier partnership.The scheme includes 69 apartments, a 99 bed hotel and shops surrounding a new public plaza.  The project is planned for completion in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

CHBS have been involved with the project from the outset and have developed the energy strategy to meet the requirements of Waltham Forest and the Greater London Authority.

CHBS have developed the sustainability strategy to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and will be providing design support and assessment throughout the construction period.

Part L 2010 - October 2010
Today marked the release of the 2010 Approved Document Part L Building Regulations. 


The main change is a reduction of 25% in the target carbon emission rate when compared to the 2006 regulations, which means experienced and highly qualified consultants will be of further increased value to ensure compliance with the more challenging carbon emissions targets in the most practical and low cost way.

In addition, design stage SBEM and SAP2009 calculations performed by accredited persons must be submitted to building control before construction on site can commence.

We are fully accredited and prepared for providing our Energy Compliance services for the 2010 regulations, and our website will be updated over the following weeks to provide further detail on the new requirements of Part L 2010.

Calling all graduates - July 2010

Due to our increased workload, we are looking to recruit a recent graduate for an internship position at our Head Office in South Manchester.  Any prospective candidates can find more details on our recruitment page.

Ride2Work - June 2010

CHBS are encouraging staff to cycle to work by providing them with bicycles and cycling equipment on the Ride2Work scheme, taking advantage of incentives offered under the Governments Green Transport Plan.

The scheme will be offered to all staff with the first bicycle due for delivery this month.

Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) Confirmed - Febuary 2010

Today the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have confirmed the FiT rates to be paid for electric microgeneration from April 2010, these rates can be viewed in the DECC press release.

DECC have also announced the start of a consultation into a Renewable Heat Incentive, which will provide a financial return for any heat microgeneration.  The scheme will be the first of its kind and is due to be implemented in April 2011.

Happy New Year - January 2010

Code for Sustainable Homes 2010 Consultation - December 2009

The Department of Communities and Local Government launch the consultation into how the Code for Sustainable Homes will change in line with the 2010 Approved Document Part L Regulations. The consultation can be read and commented on here.

Engineer gains second masters degree - October 2009

A Sustainability Engineer at CHBS has recently graduated with merit in MSc Architecture: Advanced Energy & Environmental Studies at the world renowned Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. Peter Bartley MEng MSc(Arch) AimechE, who already has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds, has worked for CHBS for two years and is a licensed Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor and On-Construction Domestic Energy Assessor.

CHBS Formally Launch Sustainability Support Services October 2009

Although we have been providing many of these services for some time as part of our BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes assessment services we have now formally launched a package of standalone services to support and provide evidence towards certain credits within BREEAM and the Code.

These services include, amongst others, daylight calculations, thermal comfort assessments, Site Waste Managment Plan (SWMP) support, building user guides, travel plans and advice on use of sustainable materials.  

New Corporate Headquarters for CHBS - September 2009

Despite it being a difficult year in the construction industry, CHBS continue to grow and will soon be moving to a prestigious new office suite in South Manchester.

From 19th October our new address will be: CHBS, Nelson House, Park Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 5BZ. All other contact details including telephone numbers will remain unchanged.

CHBS Launches New Website - August 2009

www.SAPPLUS.co.uk

The new site focuses on the provision of our Domestic New-Build Compliance Services including our SAPPLUS, EPC, HIPS and a brand new SAPDIY service. 

CHBS Launches New HiPs Service - July 2009

We are happy to announce that we can now provide a low-cost New Build Home Information Pack service.  In addition to producing the EPC / On Construction Domestic Energy Assessment we can also perform all the relevant searches and compile all documents required into a professional and well presented HiP.

Part L 2010 Revision (Draft Consultation) - June 2009

Early indications of the 2010 Part L and F revisions suggest that; the allowable carbon emissions rates will reduce by 25% as expected, although this value varies depending on building type; measures will be put in place to encourage more widespread air pressure testing; and the carbon emissions factor for electricity is set to rise, making buildings which propose to utilise direct electric heating ever more difficult to meet Part L.

Church House Building Sustainability - May 2009

CHB Design Services Ltd are now trading as Church House Building Sustainability. 

The change of name is to strengthen our bond with Church House Building Services, strengthen the CHBS brand and to emphasise our expertise within sustainability in construction, especially regarding our Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM services.

Budget Boost for House Building and Renewables - April 2009

Todays budget included some apparent good news for house builders; the allocation of £500 million to help kick-start stalled housing projects. Included in this figure is the provision of £100 million to help local authorities to build energy efficient homes.

Further encouragement to the sector includes the first carbon budget committing the UK to a legally binding 34% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, and the allocation of £435 million to support energy efficiency schemes and a further £405 million to support the low-carbon energy sector.

Julian Leese, Director of CHB Design Services in climate change talks with George Osborne M.P.- March 2009

This month, Julian Leese had an opportunity to discuss climate change issues with George Osborne.  In the picture are Julian Leese (left), climate change campaigner and chairman of Broken Cross Action on Climate Change, Paul Mathias (centre), and George Osborne M.P.

Launch of EPCEXPRESS - February 2009

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new EPCEXPRESS service.  We have responded to the requirements from some of our clients for a fast and low-cost non-domestic EPC service. 

We are offering EPCEXPRESS in addition to our existing EPCPLUS service, as there are still many of our clients who gain a considerable additonal value from our comprehensive reports detailing a practical and cost-effective 'road map' to improving their buildings energy performance asset rating.

Zero Carbon Building Definition - February 2009

The public consultation regarding the definition of a Zero Carbon Building that will be used as the target for new dwellings from 2016 is currently underway.  Have your say before the 18th March deadline to ensure Zero Carbon Dwellings make a real difference to UK carbon emissions.