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2015 Highlights
Commercial Department
Commercial-Department Recognising that the facilities offered at their centre in Digbeth were in need of replacement, Birmingham Dogs Home and their Trustees looked at 65 potential sites before purchasing a 12.45 acre plot situated in Solihull. The Green Belt site needed a very detailed, environmentally considerate design and once planning approval was granted, the construction of the new Animal Welfare Centre began. The centre comprises 130 large kennels, a veterinary suite, an education/community centre and superb staff facilities. It also provides plenty of room for volunteers and supporters looking to find their new companion and to walk their dogs in open countryside. The Commercial department at MES provided Part L compliance and Energy Performance Certification for this project and wish the charity all the best in their new home.
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Neighbourly Matters Department
The MES Right to Light and Daylighting team have had another great year travelling around the country dealing with large city centre developments, as well as small domestic extensions. Shoreditch and Hoxton continue to be a favourite territory, with numerous instructions during the year. We have traditionally been very involved in the London market but this year Manchester has also become another important city for us, with a number of high profile projects in the city centre and also in the suburbs. With projects in most corners of England and Wales, we continue to be a prominent national specialist in this complex subject. Insuring against potential problems has become an important consideration for our clients as funding is becoming more and more dependent on suitable mitigation for potential neighbourly claims. We have continued to develop strong relationships with specialist insurers, ensuring our clients aren't caught out by the unexpected.
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Planning Department
Planning-Department The Planning Matters department have had an interesting year. The Governments' Housing Standards Review and announcement of the demise of the Code for Sustainable Homes made for a thought-provoking Spring as we, along with many of our clients and Local Authority Planning departments, considered the consequence of its departure. We have definitely seen a shift in the type of work we are undertaking, however we are still working on a lot of Code projects and are still taking on new Code work. At EcoBuild we attended the launch of the Home Quality Mark (HQM) - the BRE's new environmental assessment tool for new dwellings. We are now one of the first companies qualified to provide HQM assessments and look forward to working on this more in the New Year. We are still regularly producing energy and sustainability statements to support planning applications for new and existing clients alike and also continue to see an increasing requirement for BREEAM assessment on commercial projects. Roll on 2016 and the different challenges that may be posed.
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Building Regulations Department
Building-Regulations-Department We have had a busy and diverse 2015, with the majority of new projects now being assessed under the 2013 Part L. The department has spent more time assisting clients through the additional complexity of specifications and, in particular, the junction detailing for thermal bridging. We have also been working with some well-known manufacturers to improve the thermal bridging performance of their products. We have produced energy calculations for some near zero carbon dwellings and EPCs for some large scale conversions of offices to residential use. 2015 saw us become ATTMA members for air leakage testing of residential and commercial buildings and a real highlight was air leakage testing on the best performing set of dwellings in our experience - four plots within the Hockerton Housing Project (see image), with a maximum result of 0.917m³/m²/hr!
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London to Edinburgh - we smashed it
London-to-Edinburgh What an incredible fundraising year we have had. In August, the MES team left London and travelled over hill and dale reaching Edinburgh exhausted yet triumphant - 6 gruelling days and approx. 480 miles covered! Our fundraising target was high but we totally smashed it, raising a staggering £5,181.75 for three local and extremely deserving charities - Newark MIND, the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Joel - the complete package (an organisation supporting families who have experienced the loss of a baby). Thank you to our corporate sponsors, our supporters on the actual journey and every single person who gave so generously. Here's to the next challenge - watch this space!
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Christmas Jumper Day - 18/12/15
Christmas-Jumper-Day This year, as is tradition, we like to outdo each other with our garish Christmas jumpers! And by doing so we are raising money for Text Santa (Macmillan Cancer Support, Make a Wish and Save the Children). With a cake sale and raffle boosting the coffers, we aim to raise around £300.00. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for photographic evidence!
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Introducing Becky Perry
Introducing-Becky-Perry Becky is MES's Office Manager, which means she keeps the office running smoothly. She is responsible for marketing and business development and generally ensures the team is kept on the straight and narrow!! Becky co-ordinates all of our seminar events in our Newark, London and Manchester venues, as well as ensuring invoicing and databases run like clockwork. Becky has worked at MES for 8 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, as well as volunteering for the NSPCC and REACH.
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Thank you to everyone who has participated in our CPD Seminars in 2015. We have presented to over 450 delegates and we look forward to launching our 2016 schedule shortly. We cover a wide range of building topics including Building Regulation compliance issues, renewable technologies, passivhaus, ventilation solutions, BREEAM, daylighting & rights to light, etc.

Seminars are held at our Newark, London, Manchester and Bristol venues. Refreshments & CPD certificates are provided.


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Our Services - don't gamble with building compliance
It has never been more important to ensure you have robust, professional advice on how to get your development to comply with regulations. Our services include the following:
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Renewable Energy feasibility studies
Code for Sustainable Homes, EcoHomes &
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Air Leakage Testing
Extractor Air Flow Testing and Commissioning
Dynamic Simulation Modelling -
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New Build Energy Performance Certificates
Sustainability Statements
PassivHaus Assessments
Daylighting & Right to Light Evaluations
The Party Wall Act 1996
Access Agreements, Crane Oversail and
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