White Swan York

White Swan, York

Mainer Associates were appointed to undertake a BREEAM refurbishment assessment, Part L calculations and daylighting calculations for the redevelopment of an old hotel in the centre of York.

The development includes a number of apartments to be owned by a local housing association and retail units on the ground floor.

Due to the age of the building, it was difficult to achieve the many of the more modern aspects of building regulations and standards now prevalent in schemes such as BREEAM.

We were able to assist the developer in achieving excellent levels of energy performance due to the improvements we were making on the existing fabric and services. While the property was heating through the use of electric panel heaters, we were able to facilitate improvements in energy performance through the use of whole house ventilation with heat recovery.

One of the planning conditions for the development was to achieve 10% from renewable energy sources. Options for the development were limited and as such we maximised the amount of PV on the project which took the development to around 7% energy from renewables. The council were not keen on other technologies like heat pumps due to the aesthetics and subsequently happy that we had done all possible to get to the desired levels and the condition was discharged.

There were a number of elements to the project where solutions had to be found to demonstrate compliance with and indeed adhere to the local planning authority requirements given the building was in a conservation area. Secure by Design is requirement of BREEAM but this could not be achieved as a result of the building having to maintain certain elements due to the conservation area status. As such we were able to work with the SBD officer and the Local Authority to work a solution which meant we could achieve the BREEAM credits.

Acoustics was another of the elements. We worked with the developer to ensure that details and products were used that meant the internal acoustic levels required for BREEAM were achieved.

The Assessment has been submitted to the BRE with a score of 60% thus creating a margin of 5% over the cut off for a Very Good rating to be achieved.

Firbeck Revival Scheme

Firbeck Revival Scheme

Mainer Associates have undertaken a Code for Sustainable Homes assessment on West Lancashire Borough Council’s new revival scheme. The £8 million development includes 42 new dwellings, all of which were awarded a Code Level 3 certificate.

Dwellings at Firbeck will provide local families with everything they need. All houses and flats proved to be energy efficient, demonstrating significant improvement in fabric energy efficiency. They are equipped with smart meters that not only monitor energy consumption, but let users know what the costs of their habits are, therefore encouraging further savings.

The houses are suitable for start-ups in need of an office. All dwellings were provided with a home office with required services (telephone points, sockets, internet connection). Dwellings have also been designed to ensure that plenty of daylight can provide users with a healthy environment while working from home.

Houses are equipped with appropriate general and recycling waste bins. Home users receive support from West Lancashire Borough Council who look after their needs and ensure that all waste types are appropriately segregated and picked up, thus reducing the impact of the development on the environment. Compost bins have also been provided in private gardens. Organic waste can get taken away, or can be used by those with a green finger.

Keepmoat was contracted to carry out the construction of the dwellings. They successfully ensured that construction waste was kept to a minimum, and ecology surrounding the dwellings was left undisturbed.

The Revival Scheme serves communities in Skelmersdale with the town undergoing significant regeneration works, where there is aim to transform it into an area of thriving business.

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Britannia Mill

Mainer Associates were appointed to undertake an Energy & Sustainability Statement for the proposed refurbishment and extension of Britannia Row, Islington, London. The project includes the refurbishment and remodelling of the existing commercial space with the inclusion of nine new residential apartments.

In addition to undertaking a full Dynamic Thermal Model of the development to assist with the Energy Statement, we undertook Code for Sustainable Homes pre-assessments and overheating analysis to satisfy the council’s requirements.

Furthermore, the Council were requiring significant carbon offsetting payments. We were able to engineer scenarios whereby these payments could be reduced dramatically and even eradicated completely.

We are looking forward to working with the client during the detailed design stages in 2016 as the developer looks to maximise the opportunity of improved market conditions.