Friday, 24 July 2015

Energy Statement - Nailsea, North Somerset

Energy Statement - Nailsea, North Somerset


Acting on instructions from a cobstruction company in North Somerset SWEL are to prepare an energy statement for a high specification home to the south of Bristol.

The residential development consists of a large hill side dwelling with terraces and swimming pool. 

The development is to be built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3. This would see emissions reductions required and levels of fabric energy efficiency above those specified in the building regulations.




The above axiometric projections were produced by Zebra Architects Worcester.

SWEL have prepared Sustainability and Energy Statements for projects all over the UK. We have experience in Code for Sustainable Homes up to Level 6, and BREEAM Excellent (including refurbishments).

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment - Rickmansworth

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment - Rickmansworth


It is fairly standard for LVIAs to be requested when large structures are built in a rural setting, but not so in suburban areas. SWEL were interested to see why a LVIA had been requested for a project within the M25 and sited within a developed area.

The residential project was unusual in its scale and design, however the building's novel form, and inclusion of features such as roof top gardens will make an attractive replacement in contrast to the existing industrial buildings.

Many Sensitive Visual Receptors in the Area

Sympathetically Designed
SWELspent 12 hours walking and cycling though the surrounding landscape to establish points of visibility, whether these were from foot paths, roads of one of the 2 no. SSSI sites in the surrounding area.

There are a great number of hedge rows in the area which contribute visual screening and these will be included in the ZTVs.

A ZTV (Zone of Theoretical Visibility) using computer modelling to deduce where the project will be visible from. Typically these a "bare earth" ZTVs which ignore vegetation and built screening. A ZTV which includes vegetated and built screening is far more time consuming to produce which is why they are often omitted from LVIAs, but a vital part of any LVIA.

Wooded Areas reduce Visibility Impacts

Visual and Landscape Environmental Impact Assessment