Some updates from us
It’s always useful to keep in touch and learn of new developments in legislation and service provision, so we thought the following news might be of interest to you.
It has continued to be a busy year for Phlorum and, thankfully, we are managing to make the most of a market that continues to be uniquely challenging.
If you have any of your own news to share then please do let us know!
PhloCO2 – The life-cycle carbon footprinting tool
Phlorum has been busy assessing a range of building developments using our whole-life carbon footprinting design tool (PhloCO2). The tool has been developed in association with the University of Brighton, and one aspect of its output is the calculation of embodied carbon within a project, making recommendations for quantifying and acting on potential savings.
An embodied carbon assessment was carried out on a 4-bed house to be built in Brighton, designed by Landivar Architects. The dwelling is to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, ensuring it will emit 44% less CO2 in operation than if built to 2006 Building Regulations. The tool revealed that embodied carbon within the dwelling’s initial design equalled 98 tonnes. By incorporating the tool’s suggestions of alternative, environmentally friendly materials (increased use of timber, and waste additives in concrete, for example), this could be reduced to 51 tonnes.
In addition, the whole-life carbon footprinting tool was presented to academics from across the world at the 12th International Conference on Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies in Cairo, Egypt, in September 2010. The reception was overwhelmingly positive. Excitement stemmed from the tool’s potential to promote the mainstream use of environmentally friendly construction materials, as well as provide industry benchmarks for whole-life carbon emissions from buildings.
If you are interested in utilising Phlorum’s life-cycle carbon footprinting tool to determine the embodied carbon of your development, please email Anthony Probert at Phlorum.
Wildlife and Countryside Act, new list of invasive species
The Wildlife and Countryside Act was amended in April this year to include a significant increase in the number of species that can result in criminal prosecution if they are allowed to spread into the wild. This has culminated from the invasive species review that has been on-going for more than 10 years. Previously, Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed where the only terrestrial plants on Schedule 9, Part 2 of the Act.
Now, commonly encountered terrestrial plants such as rhododendron and Himalayan balsam are also included. If these plants are located on your site, then you need advice from experts to avoid potential prosecution, enforcement action, or risk of third party liability claims. In fact all the headaches usually associated with Japanese knotweed!
If you would like further information on how the amended Wildlife and Countryside Act might affect you, please call us, as we’d be very happy to help.
Phlorum increases our ecology expertise at the Manchester office
Karl Dentith is a senior ecologist, having previously worked for a number of large consultancies in the UK. He brings a wealth of experience to the team, broadening the scope of Phlorum’s ecological service provision.
Phlorum’s pragmatic and cost-saving approach to ecological impact assessment has resulted in a massive increase in project work this year. Karl will be managing this side of the business, continuing our provision of specialist habitat and species surveys for flora, birds, reptiles, newts, bats and other protected mammals.
Southcoast half marathon and fun run
Staff at Phlorum took part in this year’s Southcoast run in Seaford, East Sussex. Money was raised for Cancer Research and by far the fastest team member was Director, Richard Schofield, who crossed the line 12th out 71 runners in his class. Well done Richard!