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As part of our commitment to the health and wellbeing of everyone that uses our offices, visitors will now be able to snack on a selection of fruit (presuming the team have left any for you, of course!)

#GoingBananas #Fitwel #FeelingFruity #hospitality #healthandwellbeing 🍎🍐🍊🍇🍒🥝🍌

N.B. Regular visitors please note the retro biscuit assortment will still also be available if you’re feeling the need 😉

Our congratulations go to Amy Clutterbuck & Jessica Lees, our newly qualified BREEAM Accredited Professionals/Advisory Professionals (BREEAM AP’s)!

The BREEAM AP qualification is granted to experienced construction professionals able to prove their knowledge of environmental and associated design processes through a rigorous programme of study and workshops followed by an exam.

Now, as qualified BREEAM AP’s, Jess and Amy are able to provide our clients’ design teams with expert advice on built environment sustainability, environmental design and environmental assessment. They’re also able to facilitate the team’s efforts to successfully schedule activities, set priorities and negotiate the trade-offs required to achieve the targeted BREEAM rating during the formal assessment stages.

Extra credits are also awarded in certain BREEAM schemes for appointing and using an Accredited Professional, recognising the significant contribution they can make to the design process.

Please do contact our BREEAM team  if you’d like to discuss the benefits of appointing a BREEAM Assessor or AP to your project. 

Congratulations, Amy & Jess!

We’re delighted to have received our @CyberEssentials Certificate today, demonstrating our commitment to cyber security – not only for ourselves but for our clients too! 

Read more about the certification on the Government’s Cyber Essentials website and view our certificate here 

 

#security #CyberEssentials #CyberSecurity #NCSC

 

We’re pleased to announce Electrical Engineer, Neil Dodd, has just been awarded his MIET (Membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology) status. 

Congratulations, Neil!

Congratulations, Neil Dodd MIET!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrical Design Engineer Vacancy

We’re currently expanding our team, and so have a vacancy for an Electrical Design Engineer. 

If you’d like to progress your career with ESC, please click here for full details of the role and how to apply for our Electrical Design Engineer vacancy.

 

 

Briefly, the role primarily involves working as part of our multi-disciplined team, providing design and technical advice on projects for internal and external clients.

  • Design of commercial, industrial, medical, retail, extra care homes, residential and mixed use schemes etc.
  • Production of drawings, reports and specifications
  • Direct client and external team liaison on technical issues
  • Project management & general co-ordination
  • Management of suppliers/monitoring contractors
  • Encouraging the use of sustainable design
  • IT skills (including the ability to use industry standard software)
  • Detailed knowledge of British Standards, Codes of Practices and other applicable materials
  • Opportunity to join a growing building services and environmental engineering consultancy
  • Further training opportunities with fantastic career progression prospects
  • Competitive salary (dependent on experience)

ESC is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Please note we do not accept applications via recruitment agencies.

Congratulations go to Mechanical Engineer, Kim Nguyen, who has just qualified as a Level 5 LCEA (Low Carbon Energy Assessor). 

Our team now boasts a total of six qualified Low Carbon Energy Assessors who are able to produce non-domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) for our clients.

This means our LCEA’s are Kim Nguyen LCEA 203717, David Scott LCEA156991, James Tickle LCEA030851, Phil Webster LCEA198802, Grant Vasey LCEA091653, and Rob Adkins LCEA015455

Well done, Kim, on all your hard work in attaining the qualification! 

Kim Nguyen LCEA

For further information on EPC’s, please see the Non-Domestic Energy Performance Register, which states… “From 1st October 2008, all non-domestic buildings on construction, sale and rent will require a Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (NDEPC) and a Recommendation Report (RR). This information will help owners and occupiers make their building more energy efficient and allow potential buyers and tenants to compare the energy performance of different buildings. This is being phased in from 6th April 2008 for buildings with a floor area of > 10000m². In July 2008, this will extend to buildings with a floor area of > 2500m².”

You can also search for our assessors via the CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) Certification website, which can be found via this link and entering our postcode of B3 1DW in the search box.

We’re pleased to announce that Amy Clutterbuck has recently qualified as a Fitwel Ambassador. 

As employers become increasingly aware of the importance of health and wellbeing to their workforce, so building owners/managers are choosing to demonstrate their commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of their occupiers. As a Fitwel Ambassador, Amy is now qualified to assist our clients with this important responsibility. 

The Fitwel certification system is structure to optimise the health and productivity of a building’s occupants through targeted changes. Regardless of the size, location, construction or age of the building, improvements to the design and operational strategies can be implemented.

Amy is now trained to to provide advice and guidance on how to secure the best possible rating for your building (, ∗∗, or ∗∗∗), which in turn ensures your occupiers are as effective, productive and satisfied as possible.

For further information on the Fitwel standard, or to discuss in greater detail how ESC is able to assist in improving the health and wellbeing of your workplace, please contact Amy on 0121 214 8998 or email info@escuk.com

Fitwel Ambassador

 

#FitwelAmbassador #HealthyBuildings #Sustainability #HealthAndWellbeing #Workplace

 

Why certify your project? 

  • Signal to employees, residents, investors, and others that you prioritize wellness within the design, development, and operations of buildings;
  • Integrate the best strategies that science has to offer to optimize health within a building;
  • Ensure that your company is leading the industry on the next frontier of sustainability; and
  • Improve health of your employees or residents as well as the surrounding community

Massive congratulations go to ESC’s two newly-qualified CEEQUAL Assessors!

Vicki Wilson and Amy Clutterbuck are now qualified to carry out CEEQUAL Assessments, an evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and award scheme for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects.CEEQUAL Assessments from ESC

The Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Awards Scheme (CEEQUAL) is part of the BREEAM family, and its benefits include:

  • Delivering more sustainable civil engineering projects
  • Enabling performance improvement
  • Delivering better value/reducing costs
  • Demonstrating commitment to sustainability best practice
  • Enhancing team collaboration
  • Enabling benchmarking and knowledge sharing

Congratulations Vicki & Amy!

 

We’re proud to announce Vicki Wilson has just been awarded her DipSBP (Diploma in Sustainable Business Practice) by IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment).

The Diploma addresses a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues including environmental and social risk identification, strategies for improving environmental performance and commitment to environmental sustainability.

With studies taking more than six months (including three weeks of residential training) Vicki’s new knowledge and skills will undoubtedly be of benefit to our clients and the environmental and sustainability credentials of their projects.    

Well done, Vicki!

Vicki Wilson DipSBP

 

We’re thrilled to be a part of the team creating the beautiful new Music School at the prestigious Wrekin College in Wellington, Shropshire.  

Appointed as M&E Engineers, we are working alongside Arthur M Griffiths & Son Ltd construction, civil engineers Nolan Associates, and BHB Architects. The building has been designed to provide a home for the school’s renowned orchestra, choirs and bands and will be used for a range of musical events from grand productions to intimate recitals.

The Music School is due to open in September 2019.

Wrekin College Music School

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrekin College Music School

Our congratulations go to the St. Chad’s development team (and of which we were a part!) on their win at the 2018 Inside Housing Development Awards.  St Chad's

St. Chad’s is a development in Tilbury, Essex, consisting of 128 homes for affordable and private rent for Thurrock Council, and has been awarded for Best Residential Development Over 71 Units at the Inside Housing Development Awards for 2018.

ESC acted as Mechanical & Electrical Engineers for the project, working with Willmott Dixon Housing, and Bell Phillips Architects for Thurrock Council.

The development also won the RIBA East Award in 2018.

Congratulations to St. Chad’s and all of the team involved in this landmark project!

Congratulations to St. Chads

See information on other award winning projects with which we have been involved here

The team at ESC were delighted to take part in Jolly Jumper Day 2018 on Friday 7th December in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital

ESC team on Jolly Jumper Day 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re proud to have donated £150 to today for the privilege of wearing these natty knits! 

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Work is coming on apace at Plot 1A of the Link 9 Distribution & Production development site, just off Junction 9 of the M40 near Bicester.

It’s the end of week 10 on site with the steelwork complete and the cladding installation under way. We’re now looking forward to the M&E works beginning on site in the next few days.

The site for developer Albion Land  is due for practical completion in May 2019.

 Plot 1A, Link 9 steelwork     Plot 1A, Link 9 cladding

Photos by ESC’s Chris Pearce who was on site to check progress.

 

 

We’re pleased to announce that Vicki Wilson, Jessica Lees and Amy Clutterbuck have qualified to carry out Home Quality Mark Assessments (the new addition BREEAM’s portfolio of quality and sustainability standards).

The Home Quality Mark (HQM) Assessments are national standard for rating and promoting new-build homes under a simple 5-star system.

It has been designed to provide confirmation of the quality of design, construction and running costs of the new property. It will also advise of any impacts the property may have on the health and wellbeing of its occupants. 

The assessments will also measure the environmental footprint, flood resilience, overheating and even digital connectivity of the homes.  

For further details on how we can assist your new homes be healthier, smarter, more sustainable and achieve the best possible HQM rating, please contact Vicki, Amy or Jess on 0121 214 8998 or email info@escuk.com

Home Quality Mark Assessments from ESC

 

We’re delighted to announce six new internal promotions at ESC.

Rob Adkins, Dan Horton and James Tickle now join Chris Pearce and Chris Batham-Read as Director. With a wealth of experience (garnered over too many years to count!) between them, they will continue to ensure ESC remains at the forefront of M&E consulting and providing every benefit that entails to our clients.

We’re also very pleased to to report that Stuart Bayliss, Grant Vasey and Phil Webster have been rewarded for their hard work and commitment with promotion to Associate Director.

Congratulations to all six!  

Internal Promtions at ESC - Congratulations!

For further information on our professionals please see the ‘Our Team‘ page

We’re delighted to have welcomed three new faces to the ESC team during September…

Neil Dodd has joined as Electrical Engineer. As an electrical contractor with more than 12 years’ experience, he is well versed in the installation, maintenance, inspection and testing of electrical systems – both in commercial and industrial markets.

Becki Adams is our new Apprentice Administrator/Receptionist. It’s her voice you’ll generally hear answering the phones, and she will be studying for her Level 2 Business Administration qualification whilst assisting the team with administrative duties.

Lastly, Laura Martinez-Fernandez is our new Graduate Mechanical Engineer. With an MSc in industrial engineering and a background in consulting, Laura will also be undertaking her professional qualifications in the coming months.

If you’d like to read more about the members of the team at ESC please click here.

New Faces at ESC

Massive congratulations go to Phil Webster who has just received confirmation of his Associate Membership status of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (ACIBSE) after undergoing their rigorous process of reporting, assessments and interview to qualify.

Well done, Phil!

 

ACIBSE for Phil Webster

 

ESC team members celebrated at the BYPY 2018 (Birmingham Young Professional of the Year) dinner on 25th May…

BYPY 2018

Our congratulations go to all the winners! 

 

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A BREEAM New Construction 2014 registration reminder from Vicki Wilson, Associate Director…

As BREEAM New Construction 2018 is now live, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you there are just 7 working days remaining in which to register any new projects under BREEAM New Construction 2014. Any registrations after 23rd March will have to be made under BREEAM NC 2018.

It is expected that assessments under BREEAM NC 2018 will be more expensive and more difficult to achieve, than under BREEAM NC 2014.

We would, of course, be delighted to register your projects and ensure they are assessed and certified under the 2014 scheme version with its associated registration and certification fees.

Please do call me on 0121 214 8998 to discuss how we are able to assist.

BREEAM NC2014 Registration Reminder

Congratulations go to Phil Webster who now joins the list of ESC’s qualified Low Carbon Energy Assessors (LCEA) – Level 5.

Certified by CIBSE, qualified LCEAs have undertaken additional training so they are able to provide projects with an Energy Performance Certificate as well as providing our clients with tailored advice to help cut the energy costs and carbon emissions of their buildings.

Well done, Phil! 

Phil Webster LCEA

 

 

Phil Webster LCEA

The BRE have advised the last date they will accept registrations under BREEAM New Construction 2014 will be 23rd March 2018.BREEAM New Construction 2014

Thereafter, relevant projects will have to be registered under BREEAM NC 2018.

Please do contact the BREEAM team at ESC as soon as you are able in order to register your projects. This will ensure they are assessed and certified under the current 2014 scheme version, with its associated registration and certification fees.

BREEAM NC 2014: Final registration date – 23rd March 2018

BREEAM NC 2018: New manual publication & ‘go-live’ for new registrations – 7th March 2018

 

We are pleased to announce our appointment to the team working on the redevelopment Cotgrave Town Centre, Nottinghamshire, consisting of a multi-service centre for Rushcliffe Borough Council.

ESC have have been appointed to provide both Mechanical & Electrical Engineering consulting services as well as BREEAM services for the project. 

Scheduled to open in September 2018, the multi-million pound health centre will also house a library, police station and council services contact point.  

Other team members include @westhart_p, #BelvoirHealthGroup, @WilsonBowden, #CarlDeanAssociates and we very much look forward to working with them to transform Cotgrave’s town centre.   

Full details on the project can be found on the Nottingham Post website via this link

Cotgrave Town Centre Redevelopment

We are very proud to announce that one of our BREEAM assessment schemes has received a BREEAM Project Award nomination!

Fusion Tower Student Accommodation in Bristol has been nominated in the Public Sector Project (Post Construction) category after achieving a score of 81.9% (Excellent rating) under BREEAM 2008: Multi-Residential. 

The BREEAM Awards “recognise the achievement of those involved in the specification, design, construction and management of BREEAM certified buildings.” The award ceremony itself will be taking place on 6th March at London’s ExCeL Centre. 

We’d like to pass on our congratulations to all of our colleagues in the Fusion Tower team for achieving this prestigious recognition, and especially to Associate Director, Vicki Wilson, who acted as BREEAM Assessor for the project.

BREEAM Award Nomination

 

BREEAM Award Nomination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full details of the nominees and the awards can be found here: http://www.breeam.com/awards/shortlists/

The ESC team are getting festive on Jolly Jumper Day 2017.

And we’re proud to have donated £101 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for the privilege!

#LocalCharitiesDay #Birmingham #SomeoneTurnTheHeatingOffPlease?🎄🎅 ☃️ 🎁

Jolly Jumper Day 2017

Engineering Services Consultancy Ltd is not legally obliged to make a modern slavery and human trafficking statement. However, we have produced a document in order to assure all members of our supply chain that we take issues of and around slavery and trafficking seriously, and will not condone it within our supply chain. 

The statement may be found in the ‘Our Commitments’ section of our website which may be found here.

Further information on Modern Slavery and Trafficking can be found on the Government’s website

Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement

 

Congratulations are (again!) due to Stuart Bayliss, Senior Electrical Engineer, who has added EngTech to his post-nominal initias!

Well done Stuart on being recognised as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) by the Engineering Council!

 

 

 

 

Stuart Bayliss EngTech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published 19th July 2017

Massive congratulations to our Senior Electrical Engineer, Stuart Bayliss, who is now officially LCIBSE (Licentiate of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers)! 

Well done, Stuart! 

Stuart Bayliss LCIBSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published 19th June 2017

Our heartiest congratulations go to Associate Director, Mrs Vicki Wilson (née Leigh), and her new husband, Tom, who were married on Saturday (29th April).

We wish them all the very best for the happiest of futures as they begin married life together.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Wilson!

Vicki Wilson (née Leigh)

 

 

 

 

 

Published 2nd May 2017

Please be advised that the BRE have notified us of fee increases from 1st July 2017. This will affect all new assessments registered on or after this date.

Although many of the fee adjustments are relatively minor, the most dramatic difference can be seen the certification (QA) fees for non-domestic buildings. These fees will now be calculated according to the size of the development:

BRE Fee Increases from 1st July 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As ever, please be assured ESC will only ever recharge the BRE’s fees to you at cost.

If you have any questions on the updated fees and the impact it may have on any future registrations, please don’t hesitate to contact Vicki Wilson who will be only too pleased to assist.

A copy of the BRE’s updated fee sheet may be found here.

 

Published 25th April 2017

ESC are starting 2017 with three new internal promotions.

Congratulations go to Rob Adkins, Dan Horton and James Tickle who have all been promoted.

Rob and James are now Technical Directors of ESC. They joined us in 2002 and 2003 respectively and now have more than 35 years of engineering experience between them!

Dan has been promoted from Senior Electrical Engineer to Associate Director. He has been with ESC since 2006 and now has more than 21 years’ electrical design experience.

Congratulations, gentlemen! 

Internal Promotions New Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published 12th January 2017 

We are delighted to be able to tell you news of several recent internal promotions at ESC… 

Vicki Wilson has been promoted to become an Associate Director. Vicki joined us in 2011 to establish the environmental and sustainability aspects of our consultancy. She has overseen the growth of the Environmental and Ecological Services Department from it’s beginnings as a one-woman department to the current team of three.

The Environmental team also includes Amy Clutterbuck and Jessica Lees, both of whom joined us as graduate trainees earlier this year. Jess and Amy have just achieved their BREEAM Assessor qualifications and are now promoted to the role of Environmental Consultant.

And last (but not least!) our fourth promotion is Stuart Bayliss. Stuart joined us in 2015 as an experienced electrical supervisor and has now been appointed as Senior Electrical Engineer.

Congratulations to you all on your hard work and well-deserved promotions!

 

Internal Promotions at ESC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published 21st December 2016

Following the details we published in March 2016, the update on European Protected Species Licensing Policies has been published. 

Natural England asked for interested parties to comment on four new policies relating to the ways in which EPS Licensing is carried out. They have now collated and published the responses from the public consultation and the report can be found here.

Protected Species Policies Update

Published 13th December 2016 

We’re proud to announce the attainment of BREEAM Assessor qualifications for our Graduate Environmental Consultants, Amy Clutterbuck and Jessica Lees. 

After months of hard work and in-depth study of the processes and technical issues of BREEAM and some arduous examinations, both are now qualified to assist our clients in achieving their project’s required BREEAM standards.

Congratulations Jess and Amy!

BREEAM Assessor Qualifications - Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

 

Published 8th December 2016

Congratulations to our Senior Environmental Consultant, Vicki Wilson, who has now added BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out (RFO) Assessor to her list of qualifications!

This BREEAM standard has been designed to benefit investors, landlords and occupiers by future-proofing existing buildings as well as improving their overall performance and appearance. It can be awarded to those buildings undergoing a refurbishment or fit-out project where the environmental performance has been improved… whether these improvements have been made to the structure, core services, local services, interior design or the external envelope.

Please do contact Vicki should you wish to discuss any of the BREEAM and environmental services we are able to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published 20th September 2017

We are thrilled to be a part of the team recognised with a Regional Award by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for Derry Avenue, South Ockendon.

The RIBA East Award 2016 was awarded to the landmark development consisting of 25 flats for elderly residents.

ESC acted as Building Services Engineers for the project. 

Full details of the £6m, 2440 square metre development, the award and the team can be found on via the RIBA website.

RIBA Regional Award - Derry Ave

Published 16th May 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re pleased to announce that we are now a part of the BRE Academy for BREEAM!

As the BRE website explains, “The BRE Academy has a membership programme to encourage lifelong learning and to represent the diverse audience within the built environment. We aim to keep individuals up to date with developments and innovation in the construction industry and the wider built environment.

“This membership is a place where like-minded professionals can interact, learn from each other (and experts at BRE), network for opportunities, and develop within their chosen field.”

We’re proud and privileged to be a part of such a fantastic initiative.

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Published 12th May 2016

From 1st January 2016 the Building Research Establishment (BRE) are introducing a new timescale requirement for BREEAM assessment re-submissions.  

The new timescale requires assessments which did not achieve certification on the first submission to the BRE to be resubmitted within six months of the date of QA feedback from the BRE (on the first assessment submission).

Resubmissions after this time will incur an additional, full certification fee. The fee will be charged at cost in accordance with the BRE fee schedule current at the date of resubmission for the relevant scheme.

Please do feel free to contact the BREEAM team at ESC on 0121 214 8998 or via email if you require any clarification or further detail.

 

Published 4th December 2015

ISO9001 registered statusWe believe our ISO9001 registered status reflects our commitment to ensuring our clients receive the best service possible.

That’s why we’re delighted to let you know that our ISO9001:2008 processes have just been audited by QMS International and… we passed with absolutely no corrective actions required!

Our ISO9001 Quality Policy Statement can be found on our ‘Other Information’ page or via this link

Information on the ISO9001 standard, extracted from the QMS website:

What is ISO 9001? ISO9001 is the internationally recognised Standard for Quality Management. Used by over 1 million companies; it was created to give organisations the tools they need to win more business, reduce costs and improve productivity. ISO 9001 certification also provides customers with assurance that they will receive consistent, quality products and services.

How does ISO 9001 do this? ISO 9001 contains a set of Quality Principles, which include:

  • customer focus;
  • leadership;
  • engagement of people;
  • process approach;
  • continual improvement;
  • evidence-based decision making;
  • and relationship management.

Benefits of ISO 9001 Certification include:

  • Increased Efficiency
  • International Recognition
  • Factual approach to Decision Making
  • Better Supplier Relationships
  • Improved Customer Satisfaction
  • and Greater Employee Morale

Vicki Wilson BREEAM APCongratulations go to Vicki Wilson who is now a qualified BREEAM AP (Accredited Professional)!

The BREEAM AP qualification is only granted to suitably experienced construction professionals who can prove their knowledge of environmental design and associated design process enabling the delivery of buildings that meet BREEAM certification requirements.

BREEAM AP’s provide the design team with expert advice on built environment sustainability, environmental design and environmental assessment as well as facilitating the team’s efforts to successfully schedule activities, set priorities and negotiation of the trade-offs required to achieve the targeted BREEAM rating during the formal assessment of the design.

In recognition of the significant contribution a BREEAM AP can make to the design process, extra credits are given in some BREEAM schemes for appointing and using an AP.

Please do contact Vicki if you’d like to discuss how appointing a BREEAM AP could benefit your project. 

Congratulations, Vicki!

 

Vicki Wilson AIEMA

We are delighted to announce that Vicki Wilson has today received confirmation of her AIEMA status (Associate Membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment).

This has been achieved following a period of intense study as well as an Associate Entry Exam through which Vicki has demonstrated her understanding of environmental issues including law and policies, reporting and the application of environmental management & assessment tools.

Congratulations, Vicki

 

 

ISO14001 StatusWe’re happy to let you know that we have just received the results of our ISO14001:2004 annual accreditation audit and we’ve passed “with no corrective actions or observations identified”!

The ISO14001:2004 is designed to give a framework for an effective environmental management system. It provides assurance that the environmental impact of a business is being monitored, measured and – wherever possible – improved.

As you know we take our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously at ESC and so we’re proud of our ongoing commitment to this standard and all that it demonstrates.

 

You can read our Environmental Policy via the ‘Other Info‘ section of our website

BREEAM Refurbishment 2008 & 2014Please be aware that the last date to register any projects under BREEAM Refurbishment 2008 or 2014 will be 16th February 2015. Thereafter all refurbishment projects will have to be registered under BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out 2014.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Vicki Wilson should you require any help or advice with BREEAM registration and what it means for your project.

Information on the Refurbishment and Fit-Out Technical Standard, taken from the BREEAM website

The BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out (RFO) standard enables real estate investors, developers and building owners to assess and mitigate sustainability-related impacts during the design and works of a refurbishment or fit out project.  Through the assessment and certification process, the standard recognises and reflects the performance of the building once improvements have been made to the external envelope, structure, core services, local services or interior design of a building.

The standard can be used to assess the refurbishment and fit-out of most types and uses of existing buildings, including homes (note: in the UK there are separate standalone technical standards for non-domestic and domestic projects).  The standard includes specific assessment criteria for heritage buildings that take into account the constraints on these types of projects.

Published 21 January 2015

BREEAM Communities Assessments

We’re thrilled to announce that our Associate Director, Vicki Wilson, is now certified to undertake BREEAM Communities Assessments.

This is an assessment method used to measure and certify the social, environmental and economic sustainability of large scale developments by integrating sustainable design criteria throughout the masterplanning process.

Congratulations, Vicki, on all your hard work in achieving the qualification!

If you’d like more information on how ESC can assist with achieving your BREEAM rating, or would like to discuss how BREEAM could benefit your project, please do contact us

Please see our ‘Achievements‘ page which details the projects on which we have provided BREEAM services and their associated BREEAM certification. 


More information on the Technical Standard, taken from www.breeam.com, can be found below… 

Integrating sustainable design into the master-planning of new communities or regeneration projects

BREEAM Communities International is a simple and flexible route to improving, measuring and certifying the sustainability of large-scale development plans. It provides a framework to support planners, local authorities, developers and investors through the master-planning process, before embarking on procurement, detailed building level design and construction. 

The BREEAM Communities International standard can be used to assess and certify the performance of medium to large scale developments, including new communities and regeneration projects. 

 

Snowball 2014

On Tuesday December 2nd The Jam House will host the Property for Kids ‘SnowBall 2014’.

Tickets cost just £5 per person plus a gift (see below) with all proceeds going to Property for Kids for allocation to charity.

Doors open at 7.30pm.

OHIO opens the night at 8pm followed by Hot Property. OHIO will close with a singalong finale.

We expect this to be a popular event so book tickets now by contacting jilly@barques.co.uk

The aim of the SnowBall is to have fun and catch up with friends and colleagues, but also to help disadvantaged children around Christmas time.

Please bring along a Christmas gift for a child up to the value of £10, otherwise there will be a fine on the door for those Christmas scrooges! Please wrap girls gifts in pink and boys in blue and write the age range of the gift somewhere discreet. We will then distribute these gifts to a wide variety of community groups in the West Midlands.

**UPDATE**  **Photos of the successful event can be found here**

ISO9001 Audit SuccessWe’re pleased to announce our ISO9001 audit success for 2014!

The audit was carried out by QMS International and examined our ISO9001:2008 processes. We were delighted to pass with flying colours (no corrective actions or observations having been identified!).

The accreditation sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is implemented by over one million companies and organisations in over 170 countries.

ISO9001:2008 is based on a number of quality management principles especially the drive to continually improve our processes giving the best possible focus, service and outcome for our clients as well as developing our people in their knowledge and experience.

ESC is now on Twitter. We’ll be using the platform to give you our new and to keep ourselves up to date on information provided by those we follow.

Follow us @escuk1

And don’t forget you can find us on Facebook and LinkedIn too.

 

ESC on Twitter ESC on LinkedIn ESC on Facebook

Please see our contact us page for information on the more traditional ways to get in touch! 

The Birmingham Real Estate Novel Development Awards are now legendary events, and the BRENDAs 2014 was no exception!

All the news (or at least all the news that’s fit to print) on the big winners at the 10th Annual BRENDA awards can be found by clicking here.

 

Brendas 2014

Please also see information on the Property for Kids annual SnowBall here