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Green Building Design Consultants brings Energy Efficiency to Spencer House, the Ancestral Home of Lady Diana’s Family

April 8, 2021

    Working closely with Spencer House as part of their major restoration project, Green Building Design Consultants were commissioned to advise on energy efficiency. Originally built between 1756-1766 for John, first Earl Spencer and ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, it is London’s finest surviving eighteenth-century town house.     Spencer House underwent a […]

EARN WHILE YOU LEARN AS AN ENVIRONMENT ENGINEER

March 23, 2021

Help to build a better and greener world by joining the team at Green Building Design, and we will help you by paying for your education fees in full. JOB DESCRIPTION Your role as an environment engineer will be to design, install and maintain the services that allow a building to do what it’s designed […]

Pledge to Net Zero joins the UN’s Race to Zero Campaign

March 1, 2021

In June 2019, the UK Government committed to bring all greenhouse gas emission to Net Zero by 2050 to tackle the climate and environmental emergency we are all facing. Pledge to Net Zero, is an initiative that was established in late 2019 to commit organisations from the UK environmental sector to take a leadership role […]

Complex Thermal Modelling is the key to energy reduction

February 9, 2021

  With an increasing focus on the climate crisis, ambitious global carbon reduction targets, and the latest MEES regulations stipulating that buildings must have an EPC rating of A to E, it is more important than ever to ensure all buildings are energy efficient and sustainable. Thankfully advances in technology, such as Complex Thermal Modelling, […]

Planning reform and its impact on design

December 23, 2020

In August this year, the Government produced a white paper, outlining reform of the planning system in the UK. The planning system is pivotal to the country’s most important challenges, including providing quality homes and workplaces, fighting climate change, improving biodiversity and promoting sustainable growth. This reform comes after the Prime Minister’s declaration that: “Thanks […]

Is the UK Building Industry just paying ‘lip service’ to Building Control?

December 3, 2020

    Simon Green, Managing Director of Green Building Design Consultants, is concerned that businesses are only focussed on box-ticking and not upholding safety standards.       Building Control and health and safety is of paramount importance, and never more so than following some of the recent tragedies such as Grenfell. However, has the […]

The art of resolution: The M&E Engineer’s role in dilapidations liabilities can no longer be ignored

November 9, 2020

    The annual turnover of the UK dilapidations industry is estimated at a staggering £3.36bn with an estimated total number of 35,000 cases per year. With mechanical and electrical equipment accounting for up to 60% of the total dilapidation cost, this is a costly oversight that can no longer be ignored.     Since […]

Who says DDA platform lifts need to be dull?

October 19, 2020

We have completed a project in Central London, which included the clever design of a DDA compliant hydraulic Sesame lift in keeping with the beautiful interior of the building.  Compliance doesn’t need to be dull or unattractive. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/q0Tq_reeTlU

Office politics takes on a whole new meaning

October 13, 2020

  The Prime Minister announced a change in the rules to allow commercial properties, including office blocks, to be converted into residential flats under permitted development rights (PDR). This change was applied from 24 March 2020 and is currently valid until 31 July 2021 in a move to counter the havoc many believe the pandemic […]

Something old, something new? Architects argue it should be something green.

August 24, 2020

  28 million properties are required to be retrofitted by the end of 2050 if carbon targets are to be met. Yet countless structures are being knocked down, just to have new buildings take their place, with little thought given to the environment and the ever-impending climate crisis. A campaign, led by the Architects’ Journal, […]