Focus on Andy Taylor
Focus-on-Andy-Taylor Andy is our Sustainable Buildings Consultant, assisting Matthew with Part L, F & G residential compliance issues.With a degree in the Built Environment from Sheffield Hallam University and experience working in construction, Andy has a good knowledge of site constraints and offers practical and usable solutions to meeting building regulations. In his spare time, Andy is a keen footballer and loyal Liverpool FC supporter and is also one of the MES team who is participating in our London to Edinburgh Charity Cycle Challenge.
London to Edinburgh Cycle Challenge 18-23 August 2015
London-to-Edinburgh After our success in France last year, we have set ourselves an even tougher challenge for 2015 - London to Edinburgh, 6 days, 480 miles. As you read this we will be leaving London and following the direction of the A1 up to our home town of Newark. From there we pass through Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland - beautiful yet far from flat!. On August 22 we will pass across the Scottish border and from there we have only around 55 miles to go before we reach our final destination on August 23 - Edinburgh. We were overwhelmed by all the support we received last year and are back to ask if you would be willing to make a donation again in 2015. Our chosen charities are MIND, the Lincs. & Notts. Air Ambulance and Joel (support for families who have experienced the loss of a baby). These are all incredibly worthy organisations so if you think you can get on board with team MES this year, please click here. Please remember any donation at all, no matter what size, is really appreciated. To find out how we are getting on please visit our websiteA big thank you to all our corporate sponsors who have kindly sponsored our cycling jerseys.
Hockerton Housing Project Wednesday 23rd Sept 2015
Hockerton-Housing-Project We are pleased to announce a further collaboration with the Hockerton Housing Project to bring you a unique day of CPD and Sustainable Living information. The day looks at the most cost effective ways of making a building more energy efficient and combines this with the practicalities of living in a very low energy environment. The cost of the day is £75.00 + VAT with lunch and CPD certificate included. For further details, or to book your place, please contact Becky on 01636 653055 or email Becky
Design Flexibility in Conversions and Extensions
conversions-and-extensions Part L1B and L2B of the Building Regulations has two main ways of showing compliance.

Elemental Compliance This is where you meet all the minimum U-Values from the Building Regulations for retained, new, refurbished and replacement elements.

Design Flexibility Approach This is often the preferred method of demonstrating compliance. The design flexibility approach consists of producing two energy models, the "Proposed" dwelling and the "Notional" dwelling and as long as the "Proposed" dwelling emissions (DER/BER) are lower than the "Notional" DER/BER, we are able to demonstrate that you comply with Part L1B or L2B.The benefit of this is that you are able to offset emissions by:
  • Taking into account improvements that you don't need to do as part of the work
  • Improving the building's heating, hot water and/or lighting
  • Adding renewables
This is very useful if you are looking at retaining low or un-insulated elements or would simply like to increase internal space by reducing the thickness of additional insulation. This is also very useful if you are nearing the end of a project and have not been able to achieve all of the U-Values required for the elemental compliance approach. If you have a conversion or renovation project and need to demonstrate compliance against Part L1B or L2B through either method, please get in touch.
Don't Forget Your Ventilation
Ventilation In October 2010, the requirement to have ventilation systems checked and commissioned before handing over a building to an occupier was introduced in the Approved Document F October edition. Properties with Building Regulation applications made after that date were, therefore, required to have the in-situ performance of their ventilation systems checked and compared to the requirements of the Approved Document F and the Domestic Ventilation Compliance Guide.MES carry out:
  • Flow rate calculations for extract and background ventilation (trickle vent) rates
  • Full system designs for Mechanical Extract Ventilation (MEV) and Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR)
  • On site testing and commissioning in accordance with Approved Document F
Combine and Save
Combine-and-Save Also, by carrying out your Air Leakage Testing (ALT) at the same time as testing and commissioning your ventilation systems, we can save you money. Controlled ventilation is vital to new and conversion properties. Uncontrolled ventilation (drafts and air leakage) is now being removed from a lot of buildings to meet Building Regulations targets and reduce running costs. If ventilation is not addressed properly, moisture and pollutants that can damage the property over time and make occupants ill are not removed. The property can also feel stuffy and uncomfortable giving the perception of a poor quality building.To save money on re-testing extractor fans and making sure that your ventilation system is doing its job correctly, it's sensible to follow these useful steps:
  • Use rigid ductwork rather than flexible
  • Ensure duct runs are as short and straight as possible with few corners and bends
  • Seal around all ductwork joints, both between sections of ductwork and between ductwork and terminals
  • If using flexible ductwork, ensure it is not kinked, trapped or crushed during installation
  • Consider specifying an extractor fan with a slightly higher duty than required to give some leeway when it comes to the test
  • Ensure there is at least a 10mm undercut to all internal doors above the finished floor level (including floor coverings)
  • With MVHR and centralised System 3 installations, terminals need to be located in such a way as to maximise the volume of each room ventilated by the system
  • For MVHR systems, consider the duct layout to minimise sound transmission between rooms
  • When specifying an MVHR unit be aware that, for a given flow rate, a larger capacity unit running at a lower speed will generate less noise than a smaller unit running at a higher speed
  • Ensure that all installations have sufficient access to allow easy access for maintenance and filter changes
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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.

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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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