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Southwest Environmental Limited undertake a wide variety of sustainability reporting for architects and developers. Simple or Complicated we can provide a quote so please contact us.

More and more often we see the the impact of sustainability on planning applications and build methods. Local / District Planning authorities may ask for sustainability statements or energy statements. Whilst mandatory sustainability elements are ever increased with the Building Regulations. The New Part L documents will be more more stringent than ever when it comes to sustainability, and now include provision for Fabric Energy Efficiency.

Although capital outlay for sustainability initiatives can be higher, the building will enjoy lower running costs, owing to reduced energy and water usage. As of inflation & and interest rate increase circa 2022 and 2023 the

Apologies, this page is now 15 years old and is a bit of a beast perhaps use "Control+F" to search. . . .  But there is an alphabetical list of links below if you prefer.


Bio-Diverse Living Roof Specification

BREEAM Schools Projects UK


BREEAM sustainability assessment methods


Climate Change Adaptation

Construction Management Plan


DER and TER Explained


Energy Statements


Fabric Energy Efficiency (FEE)

Food Chain Contamination Analysis


Green Performance Plan (GPP) and Sustainability


Low Emission Assessments

Life Cycle Assessment

Lifetime Homes Design Sustainability Criteria


Materials - Sustainable Choices


Passive House Standard

Project Management and Sustainability Options


Servicing and Recycling Strategy

Solar Panels - Which are the most Sustainable?

Sustainability Policies in Bristol

Sustainability Teaching Program

Sustainability Statement

Why do I need a sunlight / daylight assessment?

What are the most Cost Effective  Sustainability Measures?

What is an Environmental & Energy Strategy?


Royal Warrant Application


Waste Heat Cost Benefit Assessment

UK Water Sustainability Issues

What can be done to make the  UK's Waste Regime more Sustainable?

World Water Sustainability Issues

Water Saving Features

What information is in a Sustainability Travel Plan?

A Sustainability Travel Plan sometime called a Green Travel Plan, or a  Mobility Management Plan is a document that set out measures to be undertaken by employers to encourage staff to use a sustainable form of transport. In particular this should discourage forms of transport that involve private cars.

Ideas to help get people out of their cars might include;

- bicycle buy back scheme for employees

- car sharing schemes

- wider pavements within developments that run away from roads

- community cycle scheme

Developers etc. may be asked to complete a travel plan if your project is over a certain size, see thresholds for travel plans.http://www.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/campusservices/sustainability/images/3colimage/web_Sustainable_travel_hierarchy_3col692.jpg

Project Management and Sustainability

The 2008 Climate Change Act aims to see a sustainable 80% reduction in CO2 emissions. That is am ambitious target. It will there fore become necessary to carefully plan, and manage sustainability measures in new buildings. The True Cost of Code for Sustainably in Homes and Offices

A systematic approach is best adopted from the very beginning of project inception.

Prioritise your aims in terms of there importance, achieving the lowest levels for obtaining your desired awards for example BREEAM, your should concentrate on making sure that the minimum requirements are met.

There is little point in exploring exciting innovation options until you have made sure that your basic management systems and basic requirements are met.

The flow chart to the right details priorities that may be  assigned to various sustainability elements of a project looking to obtain awards under schemes such as BREEAM or the Code for Sustainable Homes.system for achiving sustainability scheme awards



If you are looking to undertake a project and have aspirations or planning obligations that it be assed under BREEAM or the Code for Sustainable Homes then please contact SWEL, and we can discuss your needs, and review your intended route accredited sustainable construction.

The Cost of Sustainability Features

The Code for Sustainable Homes is an Assessment Methodology introduced by the BRE. In the guide IP 4/05 the BRE explore the perceived extra costs associated with achieving code for sustainable homes at various levels.

Some typical percentage increases are listed below.

Project Type / Level Sought



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Health Care





CSH Code for Sustainable Homes may force you consider passive ventilation which is why there are cost reductions associated with the offices built to CSH.

Environmental & Energy Strategy

An Environmental & Energy Strategy is much like a Sustainability Statement, it sets out a projects environmental energy, and sustainability aspirations at the planning stage. Local councils may wish to see commitments to sustainability measures beyond those specified in the Building Regulations in your projects Environmental & Energy Strategy.

An Environmental & Energy Strategy will set out various methods for sustainability and Environmental & Energy management within your new project. It may well consider:

The report may look in to various options for sustainability measures to find out which are most cost effective.

If the project intends to adhere to the BREEAM or Code for Sustainable Homes Initiatives then this will be mentioned and elaborated upon in the Environmental & Energy Strategy.

Example Environmental & Energy Strategy Project

Which Solar Panels are the most Sustainable?

To the casual eye all solar panels look very similar but the technology in side can be very different. The one to the left produces electricity, the one to the right produces hot water. But which is best?

The answer is that Hot Water is best but only up to the amount you can make use of. If you want extra then  . . . . Electric Photovoltaic Panels. Why?solar panels


Example - Health Care Development

A hospital in the planning phase needs to outline emissions reductions to the tune of 20%.

17.5% of the building energy demand will come from heating water, for washing and bathing etc. So we can use solar thermal panels for this, generating 700 KWh / pa / m2 we install 48 m2 to provide 17.5% of the buildings energy at a zero carbon rating.

35 m2 photovoltaic panels  meets the remaining 2.5%, as they only produce 140  KWh / pa / m2.

So as a rule maximise hot water panels, and then top up with PV panels. Hot water panels can also be used for space heating if combined with a thermal store of some kind, although heating seasons will be short. Find out why solar panels for hot water are perhaps a better option than solar panels that generate electricity.

Which locations do SWEL cover?

We will provide Sustainability Consultancy Services in any part of the UK, we have offices in London, Bristol and Exeter.

Sustainability Teaching Program

SWEL can provide Sustainability Teaching Program for delivery in Schools, Institutions and Workplaces. We make the events fun and memorable. Prizes are given for answering questions etc. Practical experiments are undertaken during delivery window. We can deliver metrics for improvements in understanding. For more detail on the Teaching Program please click here.

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