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Many Local Authorities now require submission of an energy statement with a planning application, outlining how the development has minimised energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Sustainability in development projects is influenced by different aspects, including:
Please see below for our range of Sustainability services.
Typical energy targets for dwellings include a 25% (formerly Code for Sustainable Homes level 3) or 44% (formerly Code 4) reduction in energy demand over the same dwelling built to 2006 Building Regulations.
New energy targets are likely to be set against the forthcoming National Technical Standards. Phlorum are experts in sustainable design and will work with you in minimising energy consumption across a range of different building types.
The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is a tool that is used to review and improve the environmental performance of all types of buildings. Local Planning Authorities often require proposed developments to reach a certain BREEAM level.
Phlorum staff are licensed BREEAM assessors, covering office, retail and industrial buildings. As well as ensuring compliance with planning policies and their use in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) a high BREEAM level can demonstrate your “green” credentials to investors and clients, minimising investment risk and increasing the ethical appeal of a development.
Aside from benefits seen in reduced energy use, building to BREEAM requirements will result in financial savings from minimised building running costs, increased comfort for staff and occupants and provision of a safe, secure and healthy working environment.
Increasingly, designers of all buildings, whether single or multiple dwellings, commercial offices or public buildings, are seeking to generate some of their energy on-site through renewable techniques.
Phlorum analyse all the issues impacting on energy consumption within your building, whether in design or as-built, and calculate the most appropriate and cost-efficient method of producing renewable energy. Recommendations and calculations are based on rigorous energy simulation assessment and expert knowledge.