Welcome to the latest Greengage Newsletter!

The last few months have been busy for the industry with consultants and clients alike getting used to a number of changes in legislation and guidance, such as BREEAM & CSH Guidance, as well updates to the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) Legislation and the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) consultation.  The Greengage breakfast event held in late September as part of the UK Green Building Week on “Beyond BREEAM, the Future of Sustainability Reporting” received positive feedback and the discussions we have had with various clients and colleagues since are reflective of an upbeat market sentiment. 

In the last few weeks, we also produced the second in our Thought Leadership series which analyses the results from our survey on Industry Perceptions of BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes.  You can find further details of this on our website here.

We anticipate that the next few weeks will continue to be busy in the run up to the holidays and in the next month we will release details on clarifications we raised with the Environmental Agency on interpretation of parts of the ESOS guidance. 

Please do take a look at the rest of the newsletter to see what we have been up to recently.


We are only a few months into BREEAM 2014 as the ‘current’ BREEAM methodology, but already it is a proving to be a significant departure from its predecessors. We want to look at the impact of some key changes in practice and whether these make BREEAM 2014 is better, worse or about the same. Read more...


EIA Planning Reform Changes

The government have started to respond on some sections within the “Technical Consultation on Planning”, which proposes to streamline parts of the planning system.  As we wait to hear the response on EIA Thresholds, we look at whether or not the proposed changes will build on improvements already made and assist in simplifying the EIA process. Read more...

Housing Standards Review

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have recently published (Sept 2014) the Housing Standards Review technical consultation document. The publication marks the next stage in the consultation process, by setting out the government’s revised policy on housing standards and seeking views on draft technical standards and other practical matters of implementation. Read more...

Hayle Harbour


Greengage were involved in the Environmental Statement (ES) for a retail led, mixed use development at South Quay, Hayle Harbour, Cornwall. As the application site is adjacent to an SSSI, ecological aspects had to be closely scrutinised by the team. When complete the site will bring social, environmental and economic benefits to Hayle. Read more...

Embodied Carbon of Materials

We have been working with a number of clients to undertake Greenhouse Gas Inventories (GHG) of proposed developments in order to reduce the embodied carbon of the materials. Using the bill of quantities to determine amounts, the GHG assessment focused on key materials that make up the sub and super-structure a new development. Read more...


Stratford Centre

Stratford Centre and Morgan House development is a prestigious residential led development in the London Borough of Newham involving extensive redevelopment of existing buildings and development of new residential, office and retail floor area.  Over the last three years Greengage have been involved with the extensive statutory, key stakeholder and public consultation for the scheme. Read more...
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