Sustainability Services

Experts in Code for Sustainable Homes, related planning conditions, BREEAM and EcoHomes.

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Sustainability Services

Our Sustainability team offers practical advice on sustainability issues for the most cost-effective route to the required sustainability standards (be these planning or Code requirements).  As well as sustainability advice they can also offer the necessary sustainability reports to satisfy any planning or Code requirements.

Sustainability Services offered by NHBC

Sustainability Consultancy:

Helping you to understand and address the conflicts that can arise between sustainability and construction regulations.

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Sustainability Reports:

Providing reports and guidance to discharge planning requirements and inform strategy.

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BREEAM Assessments

Guidance before the scheme has been submitted for planning, ongoing design advice, assistance with site activities, and client advice on post-occupancy evaluation.

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Sustainability Consultancy

Our team are not just sustainability consultants, we are construction professionals. We understand that conflicts sometimes arise between sustainability and construction regulations or standards and we will help you resolve them.

At NHBC, quality and raising standards are at the centre of everything we do, so we flag potential problems early on. We are aware of the market – the need for speed of construction and skills shortage. Solutions proposed only a few years ago may no longer be possible due to these influences. Our team have close links with Building Control, Warranty and Claims departments which provides an unrivalled insight into the practicality of design decisions.

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Sustainability Reports

You need a good understanding of what planners ask of you in this area and our team can help you with the strategies, designs and reports you'll need to satisfy energy-related conditions, BREEAM or Code for Sustainable Homes requirements. Our team offers:

  • wide-ranging experience of working with planners, designers and developers to discharge planning conditions and achieve Code compliance
  • independent, authoritative guidance based on experience of working on a full range of sustainability projects
  • fast turn-around on reports
  • the most efficient route to compliance because our team is uniquely placed to understand the implications of designing for Code and BREEAM credits whilst maintaining compliance with Building Regulations and NHBC Standards.

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BREEAM assessment service

Firstly, it’s not just an assessment service. We pride ourselves on undertaking as much as we possibly can on behalf of our clients to achieve the end goal. We work with you.

Our service includes guidance before the scheme has been submitted for planning, ongoing design advice, assistance with site activities, and client advice on post-occupancy evaluation.

The assessment service we provide includes:

  • pre-planning consultancy advice - to help you form an appropriate strategy for BREEAM
  • design stage assessments - by attending your project meetings and providing regular progress updates, our team ensures compliance is achieved in a timely manner
  • post-construction stage assessment - all of our assessors have on site experience, will provide advice on key areas to focus on and can guide you through achieving final certification.

Throughout the project we will project manage the assessment, co-ordinating your team regards drainage, mechanical and electrical design, ecology etc.

There are a number of credits in BREEAM which have no direct cost associated with them, apart from the time taken to collate the evidence. We will undertake the following at no additional cost:

  • Material calculations
  • Green Guide ratings
  • Responsible sourcing / EPD calculations (including sourcing certificates)
  • Accessibility Index calculations
  • Local amenities survey
  • NOx calculations
  • Green Lease Agreement drafting

We also provide a combined BREEAM and SBEM service for commercial building projects, as well as Building Control, acoustic and air leakage services.

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Code for Sustainable Homes

The Deregulation Act 2015 withdrew the Code in March 2015, but we are still seeing legacy requirements for many sites.

Since the Code’s arrival in 2007, our team of licenced assessors have undertaken thousands of assessments. Working with volume house builders, major land-owning clients and enthusiastic self-builders, we undertake as much work as possible on your behalf to ease the assessment and certification process as much as possible.

We undertake material calculations, basic daylighting calculations, collate responsible sourcing certificates, co-ordinate with your own consultants regarding drainage and ecology…and more.

The key to Code is getting the strategy right to begin with. Talk to us early! We can help appraise the options available for achieving your required Code level. This in turn will reduce costs where possible and manage the risk of gaining certification.

The service we provide includes:

  • pre-planning consultancy advice - to help you achieve the right design specification
  • design stage assessments - by attending your project meetings and providing regular progress updates, our team ensures compliance is achieved in a timely manner
  • post-construction stage assessment - all of our assessors have on site experience, will provide advice on key areas to focus on and guide you through achieving final certification.

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Our People

Alex Taylor

Senior Energy Consultant

Alex has been working with builders and their associated professionals to demystify the building energy regulations across the UK since the late nineties. His areas of expertise include Part L1a & L2a in England and Wales, Section 6 in Scotland, and Planning Energy statements.

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Andrew Holloway

Sustainability Assessor

Andrew delivers high-level sustainability and energy consultancy and assessment on large-scale residential developments and ambitious single-dwelling new builds. Special areas of interest include Code for Sustainable Homes and Energy &Sustainability Statements.

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Jill Lewis

Energy Assessor

Jill has spent 22 years with NHBC, with a specific interest in providing specification advice to builders to enable compliance with Park L1a.

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Jimmy Dignan

Energy and Sustainability Team Leader

Jimmy is line manager to NHBC's team of assessors and consultants, and brings over a decade of experience to the department. He also provides SAP assessments and advice for complying with Part L (England/Wales), Part F (NI) Section 6 (Scotland), EPCs for the entire UK and Part L1b.

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Mark Howson

Sustainability Consultant

Mark provides high-level sustainability and energy consultancy and assessment on large-scale residential developments and ambitious single-dwelling new builds. He also writes energy and sustainability statements for planning applications.

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Peter Skeldon

Energy Assessor

Peter provide advice for clients to achieve Part L1a compliance through the deployment of SAP calculations and subsequent issuing of EPCs when appropriate.

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Peter Wedderburn

Energy Assessor

Peter produces SAP calculations in addition to providing advice to clients on energy strategies, legislative construction changes, current best practice in energy efficient design and Building Regulation Part L compliance.

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Steven Carroll

Senior Energy Assessor

Steven primarily conducts energy ratings - EPCs, SAPs and PEAs - as well as delivering compliance reports (Part L1b), planning reports and Part L training.

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Case Studies

Ballymore - Pan Peninsula

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