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Sustainable Housing Awards 2012 - Winner!

The Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London was the setting for last week's Sustainable Housing Awards Ceremony which recognises, and celebrates, the companies and projects at the forefront of the best practices in sustainable housing.

Cranes Court

Launched in 2008, the annual awards ceremony now attracts well over 500 guests from across the social housing sector. This year the awards were presented by the well-known actor, author and adventurer, Brian Blessed.

The winner of the "Sustainable Larger Housing Project of the Year" is the New Cranes Court, Basildon, Essex scheme. One of the largest zero carbon projects in the country.

BBS Environmental is very pleased to have been involved in the project by providing the SAP and CfSH (Level 6) assessments on the entire scheme.

With the site being evaluated as having ecological value, owing to significant mature trees, achieving Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes was particularly difficult. The design therefore had to gain maximum points from non-ecology sections within the Code and therefore encompassed the whole range of ambitions of the code. 100% of the available credits being secured within the water, surface water run-off, waste and management categories.

In addition to BBS Environmental providing the energy assessments, BBS Building Control also provided the Building Control services.

Associations and companies involved in the scheme included: Swan Housing Association, The Tooley & Foster Partnership, Denne Construction Limited, Stewart Milne Timber Systems, Walker Associates Consulting Limited, White Associates, and Aquafuel Research Limited.
BBS Environmental would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank everyone that has helped to make the New Cranes Court scheme such a success!

Updated: 2012-10-24 14:36:36   Added: 2012-10-24 14:36:36

BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment

Have you been asked to provide an EcoHomes or BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment assessment for basement conversions? BBS Environmental is able to offer services to guide and support you through these schemes from pre-planning advice right through to Post Construction certification. Please click this link to find out more about BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment and how BBS Environmental can help you!

Updated: 2012-10-05 08:34:36   Added: 2012-10-05 08:34:36

The Road to Zero Carbon, Construction Forum

Wednesday, 12th September, saw the inaugural Construction Forum being held at the SusCon training centre in Dartford, Kent. The topic for discussion was "The Road to Zero Carbon" and the audience enjoyed presentations from Andrew Fletcher, Managing Director of Carbon Control and Andrew Mitchell, Director of Environmental Services at BBS.

SusCon Training Centre

The presentations dealt with 'both sides of the coin'. Andrew Mitchell dealt with the challenges facing the construction industry regarding the Government's 'Zero Carbon' road map and revision to Part L of the Building Regulations (download the presentation here). Andrew Fletcher covering the issues surrounding existing buildings and how to improve their green credentials (download the presentation here). 

A lively Q&A session followed the presentations. The morning concluded with networking, over tea and coffee, and the opportunity for attendees to discuss further the implications of more sustainable buildings — both current and new.

For further information on Part L compliance and the full range of Environmental services BBS can provide for your company, please contact Andy direct on: 01892-893162, or email

Updated: 2012-09-17 11:33:43   Added: 2012-09-17 11:33:43

Water UK Draft Build Over Procedure

Changes to the protocol for building over public sewerage systems are due to come into effect in the Autumn of 2012. The final decision on the amendments have yet to be released. However, a number of Water Authorities have already issued guidelines on the future procedure.

It is a requirement that in support of either a planning or building regulation application, a plan showing the drains and sewer layout on the land shall be submitted. BBS Building Control, as an Approved Inspector, has a legal obligation to consult the relevant statutory Sewerage Undertaker. The outcome of the consultation will determine what action has to be taken in respect of the sewers.

From the autumn, this new legal requirement may have significant implications for the client, architect and builder. Our advice would be that to familiarise yourself with these requirements at your earliest opportunity. The relevant information is obtainable from your local Sewerage Undertaker.

Should you have any questions, in relation to this important issue, please call or email our head office.Tel: 01892-891282 | Fax: 01892-890400 |

Updated: 2012-08-13 12:29:33   Added: 2012-08-13 12:29:33

Windsor Office Team - Recent Appointment

Our Windsor office, which opened in March of this year, has recently appointed a new member to the Team. Tom Dean joined BBS Buidling Control earlier in the year and is now based at the Windsor office overseeing projects in the Barnet, Harrow, Paddington area.

Tom has 12 years of construction related work experience, 9 of these were in Local Authority Building Control at the London Borough of Hillingdon. Tom has a BSc (Hons) degree in Building Control Surveying which was gained at the University of Westminster and is a Member of the Association of Building Engineers (ABE).

Updated: 2012-08-10 11:28:33   Added: 2012-08-10 11:28:33

Building Regulations 2013 - Draft Proposals

The Government has recently released consultation documents covering the new Approved Documents for Part L, K, M and N of the Building Regulations. Please click here for a summary of the main proposals that may be coming into force over the next 12 months.

Updated: 2012-07-18 09:28:08   Added: 2012-07-18 09:28:08

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