EcoHomes - Sustainability Assesments for Homes

EcoHomes assesses the environmental quality of a development by considering the broad concerns of climate change, use of resources, pollution, and impacts on bio-diversity. These concerns are balanced against the need for a high quality internal environment.

The rating pass marks are 36% (Pass), 48% (Good), 58% (Very Good) and 70% (Excellent), but these can only be applied after all categories have been sub-totalled into their overall ‘Issue’ categories.  At such time scores are ‘weighted’ and the final marks then calculated.

EcoHomes Preliminary Assessment

(Code / EcoHomes / BREEAM Multi- Residential) - Early stage advice to assist the project team with Target Rating compliance, including ‘worst case’ SAP assessments where possible for increased accuracy. Typically this includes a productive and highly informative meeting with relevant members of the Project Team (even at Pre-Planning stage) to assist in planning the optimum route to compliance in terms of cost / time / buildability / site conditions.

EcoHomes Design Stage

(Code / EcoHomes / BREAM Multi- Residential). The certificated report, done as efficiently as possible by using Compliant Specifications. Direct provision of Compliance Specifications Project-specific Compliant Specification clauses for inclusion within ERs and the main Contract. This helps cost certainty, reduce the risk of missing the target rating and speed up the BREEAM Certification process.

'All-in-one' packages Together with our sub-contractors we offer a complete range of services for Code, EcoHomes and BREEAM Multi-Residential – SAPs, SBEMS, Daylighting Assessments and Advice, Ecology Reports, Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies, Flood Risk Assessments (sites 1Ha & Low Risk), Home User Guides.

EcoHomes Post Construction

PCRs – Code / EcoHomes/ BREEAM Multi- Residential. Proving site compliance, as required for Code and BREEAM Multi-Res 2008, as well as by some Las and Clients. This usually includes a site visit or three (first fix, second fix and somewhere near Practical Completion).

Looking for help with EcoHomes compliance? Call Abba Energy on 020 8208 8333 for expert advice on Sustainable Housing Design.

"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

To remove strong smells such as onion or fish from the fridge, place half a lemon in there to absorb the odours. You can also remove strong smells from a microwave by placing a couple of slices of lemon in a bowl of cold water, and switch the power on for a couple of minutes. The condensation also helps to loosen dirt inside the microwave, which will be much easier to wipe away.

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