SOS - Help before Start-on-Site

Before Start On Site please remember to do the following to optimise costs and ease of compliance with the relevant Planning Consent Conditions.

Register the development

Register the development site under the CCS (Considerate Constructors Scheme).

Ecology Survey

Get the Ecology Survey and Report done, to maximise EcoHomes credits under Issues Eco1 to Eco4.

Recycled Timber

For 'site timber' (temporary timber used during construction, which is then taken away from site afterwards) use second-hand timber – such as hoardings from previous sites or re-used formwork for non-decorative construction elements;


When ordering main structural construction element materials, specify as many as possible that have BES6001 or ISO14001 certification, including as a minimum: Aluminium, Blockwork, Brick, Cement, Concrete, Plaster, Plasterboard, Steels (joists, etc), Steel reinforcement.

New Timber

When ordering new timber, only specify that which meets the UK Government’s Timber Procurement Policy and which has either FSC or PEFC or CSA certification, or SFI with CoC certification.

Site Waste

Ensure contractor has produced the Site Waste Management Plan, including targets to minimise site waste and identification of the different anticipated Key Waste Groups. For BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment schemes this must include a ‘pre-refurbishment audit’ (ask us for details).

Water Metering

Ensure there is a water check meter on site. Then read the meter on day one and monthly afterwards during construction work. We can issue Water Monitoring Graphs for display on site as part of Best Practice.

Pollution Prevention

Ensure that Best Practice site advice is followed for: Water pollution prevention and Dust pollution prevention (ask us for details on both)

Sub-Contracted Waste Removal

Ensure contractor uses a site waste sub-contractor who will: Segregate all site waste including demolition waste, into Key Waste Groups (whether on-site or off-site). Provide supporting appropriate licensed carrier and waste collection dockets and permit details for the site which the waste is taken to Report on quantities recycled and diverted from landfill in tabulated / graphic format;

Thermal Insulation

Ensure that all insulation will have a GWP of less than five.

Neighbour Notices

Notify neighbours of imminent significant work stages (noise, dust, vibration, traffic movement, etc).

Visit our Pre-Start-On-Site checklist page for further guidance on how start your project.
"Abba Energy provided us with a thoroughly comprehensive and efficient service from the inception of the project to final completion.  They guided all concerned - including the contractor – through the requirements necessary to achieve the EcoHomes ‘very good’ target with professionalism and understanding." - Barroll Webber

Sensible Energy Saving Tip

A pile of irregularly-stacked logs in a secluded corner of your garden can act as a valuable habitat for hedgehogs, frogs and toads. Half bury the bottom logs in the soil to encourage stag beetles too - they love rotten wood. If you don't have much space, even a pile of stones will offer shelter to a range of insects and spiders.

New Build or Domestic Refurbishment? Call Abba Energy on 020 8208 8333 for expert advice on Sustainable Housing Design and Construction.