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Core Five, Knight Frank and MSMR tackle a Hot Topic

We are delighted to share our latest collaboration with Knight Frank and MSMR Architects on the subject of Heating and Cooling on residential buildings. The report reviews how government policy and new regulations on overheating in residential buildings is impacting decisions made by developers and buyers alike. In particular we discuss how to balance buyer demands at various price points, environmental performance, tightening regulation, and the need for cost efficiencies, to produce residential buildings that are fit for the future.

Gerard Cook, Core Five Founding Partner, commented: “Avoiding overheating is a key issue for modern residential buildings. Our report, produced with long-term colleagues at Knight Frank and MSMR Architects, sets out how we can meet this challenge with passive measures or affordable cooling solutions depending upon the price point.”

Alan Wall, Core Five MEP lead Partner noted:  “With increased insulation and air tightness standards in facades, not to mention climate change, the problem we face is not putting heat into the building but getting rid of it. In addition the days of fossil fuels like gas being suitable for a modern development have gone. The zero carbon agenda and move to renewable energy sources is resulting in a significant shift towards air source heat pumps, which can meet the heating and hot water demand, address planning requirements, and potentially provide cooling at lower apartment price points than previously viable.”

This report follows on the success of our previous widely acclaimed research collaboration with Knight Frank and MSMR Architects on the London Development Design study.

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