MES 2016 Fundraising Challenge
MES 2016 Fundraising Challenge MES 2016 Fundraising Challenge

At the end of September, 11 staff members and their families will be taking part in a triathlon-type challenge involving cycling, canoeing and walking. The cyclists will embark on 2 days of cycling, covering 170 miles between Newark and Coltishall, Norfolk. Day three will see the team take to the water for a 25 mile canoe trip on The Broads. The final day sees the team expand, with family joining them in Wells next the Sea, to undertake a hiking challenge.

Our chosen charity this year is WaterAid and we are always overwhelmed by the support of our clients, family and friends.

If you would like to make a donation you can follow this link. You can also follow our story on Facebook, Twitter or our website.
Company News
Welcome We are delighted to welcome Oliver Born to the MES team as one of our on-site Testing Engineers. Oliver joined us in July and will be primarily working in the South. He undertakes residential and commercial air leakage testing, Part F ventilation testing and MVHR commissioning.

We are also delighted to announce that James Hargreaves has been promoted to the MES Board of Directors. James heads up the Neighbourly Matters area of our business, specialising in Rights to Light and Party Wall Matters.
Neighbourly Matters
Neighbourly Matters Over the last few months, our Neighbourly Matters department have been involved with a couple of Right to Light cases which focus on interesting aspects of this complicated legal area.

It’s commonly assumed that ‘rights to light’ are determined through the planning process. Although planners do have regard to the impact developments have on daylight and sunlight levels on neighbours, there is also the ‘common law’ right to light, which potentially gives neighbours a second opportunity to stop new developments (and sometimes relatively small extensions).

These two cases confirm that each case is determined on its own merits. It’s incorrect to assume that a case will automatically result in either an injunction or compensation being awarded.

The first case is Scott v Aimiuwu which concerned the impact on a residential neighbour. An extension to the defendant’s property caused an actionable and significant loss of light into a garage, utility room and bathroom of the claimants. The judge decided that in this particular case compensation was more appropriate for a number of reasons, including that the areas affected were generally regarded as less important spaces.

The second is the case of Ottercroft v Scandia. This involved an external staircase which had caused a minor (but nonetheless actionable) loss of light to the claimant’s café. The loss was valued at around £1,000, however the court felt the defendant’s conduct throughout the process had not been acceptable and the judge awarded an injunction to remove the staircase. This was upheld at appeal.

These cases show that the actions of each party can be an important factor when a court determines what an appropriate remedy is. Therefore developers need to tread very carefully.

If you have a Right to Light issue and need advice, please do not hesitate to contact  James Hargreaves.
Introducing Matthew Crowther
Introducing Matthew Crowther Matthew is our Sustainable Buildings Manager and heads up our on-site testing team with specific responsibility for air leakage testing, ventilation testing, acoustic testing and commissioning work. If Matthew and his team can’t get to the bottom of a tricky compliance issue, no-one can. He is a fully qualified On-Construction Domestic Energy Assessor with over eight years’ experience of developments of all shapes and sizes. He is also an experienced Non Domestic Energy Assessor.

Matthew guides our clients through the challenges of Part L, F & G compliance and his level of experience means his clients benefit from cost effective, practical solutions.

Away from work Matthew enjoys motorbiking, fishing and spending time with his family.
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Did you know that we provide popular CPD seminars for building regulations/planning departments, developers, architects, contractors and surveyors etc., to ensure they are fully up-to-date with the latest requirements? Our seminars are very popular, with over 450 attendees during 2015. They are jargon-free and provide impartial, no-nonsense information and advice. Building Regulations and construction legislation is changing rapidly and our seminars will help to ensure the audience keeps up with the changes.

Seminars are conveniently held in Newark, London, Manchester and Bristol. For local authorities, larger architectural practices and developers, we can also come to your premises. CPD certificates are provided for both on-site and off-site presentations.

For a seminar schedule please click here. To book in on any of the seminars, please email Becky. 
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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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