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Local authorities often require Sustainability Statements to be submitted as part of the planning application. Eight Associates works with clients to develop these strategies by looking at how the development holistically meets or exceeds all local sustainability planning policy.
To support planning applications Eight Associates examines the impact of both the construction and operational phases on the air quality of a particular development. The impacts are compared against UK air quality objectives and/or significance criteria defined within relevant air quality guidance. Depending on the scale of these impacts the air quality assessment may also discuss the mitigation measures that will need to be adopted. For developments in London, an Air Quality Neutral statement is provided as part of the assessment. Where there is the potential for a development to have a significant impact for local air quality, or new sensitive receptors are being introduced into an area with particularly poor air quality, a detailed assessment of impacts will be undertaken, which uses dispersion modelling to determine the impact for specific pollutants at key locations on or around the development site.
An Indoor Air Quality Plan is a vital document to manage the contaminants within new and existing buildings. Eight Associates produces Indoor Air Quality Plans which contain advice on the levels of contaminants that are acceptable, measures for specifying materials with low emission levels, detailed procedures for flushing out buildings and advice on pre-completion testing to ensure acceptable levels have been met.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology for assessing the environmental impacts of a building or material from its origin through to disposal; its entire lifecycle. The environmental impacts from the consumption of resources and emissions of substances into the environment are quantified at each point in the lifecycle, which provides a holistic summary that can be used to inform decision making and provide an accurate comparison of options, crucially on a like for like basis.
LCA is now a fundamental part of the BREEAM process and is both a cost-effective and environmentally beneficial way to achieve the required credits for Excellent and Outstanding BREEAM ratings.
Whether for a residential or commercial site, planners, architects, and property developers need to understand the potential risk of flooding when designing and developing a new site. Eight Associates can assess sites to determine the risk and recommend mitigation measures to manage these risks for all stakeholders involved.
Eight Associates develops Sustainable Urban Drainage (SuDS) Strategies to reduce the likelihood and impact of surface water flooding from new developments. This comprises encouraging the use of design measures to mimic ‘natural’ drainage by adopting techniques to deal with surface water runoff locally, through collection, storage and cleaning before allowing it to be slowly released back into the environment.
PassivHaus and EnerPHit are design standards for very low energy buildings, which are characterised by an exceptionally thermally efficient building envelope and very high levels of occupant comfort. The process of delivering a PassivHaus requires careful attention to architectural detailing, the complete incorporation of passive design principles and high quality workmanship. Successful implementation will result in a building that consumes substantially less energy than other buildings built to minimum building regulations.
Energy management of existing and newly occupied buildings is essential to closing the performance gap whereby buildings use multiple times more energy in operation than predicted during design. This requires a thorough audit of the building’s systems and operational strategy, subsequently, an action plan can be implemented that reduces energy consumption whilst maintaining occupant satisfaction.
ISO 20400 outlines the sustainability impacts and considerations that should be incorporated across the different aspects of procurement within an organisation. The standard can be used by any kind and size of organisation and is not officially certified. We use the guidance within the standard to develop and implement a responsible sourcing strategy and to provide a framework for integrating the general principles of sustainable procurement into an organisation. Successful implementation provides substantial value throughout an organisation’s supply chain and offers an opportunity to stand out against competitors.
The ISO 50001 energy management standard is a proven framework for any organisation that consumes energy and fuels and wants to drive energy efficiency. Adoption of the ISO 50001 standard helps organisations enhance their energy performance via the implementation of an energy management system (EnMS) based on a model of continual improvement. Eight Associates has achieved significant energy and operational cost savings by applying this standard alongside an ongoing energy management programme led by our energy consultants.
Eight Associates works with clients from all sectors to ensure long term environmental, social and economic sustainability objectives can be embedded into operations through robust policy, plans or project strategies. A clear understanding of our client’s aspirations is paramount to adopting feasible goals and we aim to assist with ease of integration into current practices.
Establishing sustainability objectives in large organisations requires detailed planning and careful implementation. Eight Associates works with key stakeholders within an organisation to establish their priorities and provides the technical knowledge of the environment to establish the trade-offs and likely outcomes of implementing the objectives. Typically, bespoke appraisal criteria and toolkits will be produced by Eight Associates to allow the organisation to make decisions and prioritise their resources most effectively for the optimum sustainable outcome.
Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) is the process of obtaining feedback on a building’s performance in use. Eight Associates’ clients are increasingly recognising the value of POE as a tool to improve poor building performance to reduce impacts on running costs, occupant well-being and business efficiency. In some instances a POE can be conducted in one day, and involves analysis of energy consumption patterns and interviews with building occupants.
Travel plans are long-term management strategies for an organisation or site that seeks to deliver sustainable transport objectives. Eight Associates develops robust travel plans to help our clients facilitate sustainable transportation in their projects with clear and easy routes to implementation, and with regular reviews to ensure plans evolve with changing infrastructure.