Passing the SBEM Test
All new buildings need to be specified to meet the new Part L (Energy) Building Regulations. This can be particularly challenging for commercial buildings where limiting carbon emissions for heating, lighting, ventilation and cooling is crucial to ensure build costs are kept under control. SBEM is the tool used to assess compliance with Part L2. Although the standard of building fabric and building services is very important, some simple design features, such as carefully positioned windows, effective cross ventilation, night time cooling, maximising solar gain and clever lighting controls, all have a significant impact at minimal cost. This can often mean that expensive renewables are not necessary.

Here at MES, we use Dynamic Simulation Modelling (DSM) to produce SBEM’s and to ensure commercial building compliance. This means that we can look at your building at the design stage in much more detail. For example, we can ensure it is maximising solar gain, but not at the expense of summer-time overheating (a very common problem with highly insulated, air tight modern buildings). Different building types use energy in very different ways and, therefore, our DSM approach means that we can help specify your new building properly which, in turn, can significantly reduce build costs.

Building Log books
Building Log books can be used to achieve Criterion 5 of Part L Building Regulations. They are designed to improve access to information for Facilities Managers or other key people responsible for managing buildings, therefore enabling them to improve the operation of their buildings.

MES’s building log books are intended to give occupiers a clear and concise summary of their building, its services and intended operation. The closest analogy to a building log book is the car handbook. Building log books, however, go much further, as they record energy performance and later changes to the building. To help keep log books up-to-date, MES also offers a log book maintenance and annual review service contract. Please call us for further details..

BREEAM AP - your Sustainability Champion
Our BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP), also referred to as a Sustainability Champion, provides the design team with proven expert advice on built environment sustainability, environmental design and environmental assessment. Directly employing an AP can generate up to five low cost BREEAM credits. We provide the full BREEAM AP service working alongside the project team to successfully schedule activities, set priorities and negotiate the trade-offs required to achieve a target BREEAM rating when the design is formally assessed.

Combining our BREEAM AP service with our role as the project BREEAM Assessor, gives you the very best opportunity to successfully gain the BREEAM rating targeted. Because we also provide a full in-house compliance solution, including SBEM, Dynamic Simulation Modelling, EPC’s and commercial Air Leakage Testing we provide a cohesive, cost effective solution to ensure your project runs smoothly.

Meet the Team
Sarah Robinson

Sarah is our Marketing Coordinator and has been working with MES since September 2014. She assists with marketing and business development and is also responsible for keeping our social media profiles and fundraising campaigns up to date Sarah’s background includes PR and Event Management within the agricultural sector, as well as sales management in the world of barbeques! Sarah is married with a young son and, in her own words, is "a born organizer". That’s great news for the team!

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The Honeymoon continues...
You may recall from our February newsletter that our Building Surveyor, Andrew Pickersgill, was getting married . Well, after a gorgeous honeymoon in Mexico, we’d like to share some photographs with you of Andrew with his new wife Katherine.

Tonya’s Challenge
On Sunday 10 May a number of MES employees and their families will be participating in Tonya’s Challenge; a local charity cycling challenge with 5, 10, 20 and 37 mile routes

Tonya’s Challenge helps raise funding to support over 150 adults with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire and is run in connection with registered charity, Reach UK. All money raised through team entry and sponsorship will go towards running learning courses, social activities and specific projects tailored to help individuals live as independently as possible in their own community.

For more details and to visit their website, click here.

CPD Seminars 2015
Over 1,000 attendees have enjoyed our informative, jargon-free seminars. 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 and Manchester venues. Refreshments & CPD certificates are provided.

Click here for our current 2015 seminar list

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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:

Renewable Energy feasibility studies
Code for Sustainable Homes, EcoHomes &
BREEAM Assessments
Air Leakage Testing
Extractor Air Flow Testing and Commissioning
Dynamic Simulation Modelling -
Thermal/Daylighting/Suncast etc.
New Build Energy Performance Certificates
Sustainability Statements
PassivHaus Assessments
Daylighting & Right to Light Evaluations
The Party Wall Act 1996
Access Agreements, Crane Oversail and
Schedules of Condition

Please click here for further information
MES Building Solutions
Head Office | Newark Beacon | Beacon Hill Office Park | Cafferata Way | Newark | Nottinghamshire NG24 2TN
T: 01636 653 055
London Office | 344-354 Gray's Inn Road I London WC1X 8BP
T: 0207 033 3757
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