BD Practice was established in 2008, and The Team covers a wide range of specialisms. Our range of specialist services has been developed over many years working on behalf of some of largest and most forward-thinking property developers and construction companies in the UK. We also have several private clients who value our insightful and honest approach to low-energy buildings and construction methods.
We believe that we have a responsibility to care for and protect the environment in which we operate. We are fully committed to improving environmental performance across our business activities, and we encourage our business partners and members of the wider community to join us in this effort. Our Environmental Statement reflects this principle.
PL2 is a development of one, two, three and four bedroom homes
Open Market, Shared Ownership, & Affordable mix (Affordable for Plymouth Community Homes) (Open Market for Barratt Homes).
This project has been developed as part of a 1,107 new home regeneration project, alongside HTA Architects.
These dwelling have affordable/SO to Code level 4 – achieved through;
Indoor Water Use to <90 litres per person per day with low capacity dual flush WCs, low capacity baths, flow restrictors on taps and low flow showers
High energy efficiency, insulation, traditional masonry build, efficient and low NOx boilers, PV on roofs
Homes built to meet the Lifetime Homes standard
Construction site ‘brownfield’, improvements to the local ecology/wildlife through new site planting, bat & bird boxes, and existing mature trees retained and improved
Open market to Code level 3
Sherford New Community Project
BD Practice developed the overall sustainability strategy for the new town of Sherford near Plymouth. The final masterplan and planning application for this project was independently assessed by BRE using their “Greenprint” tool and awarded an “Exemplar” rating - the first in the UK.
Our Sustainability Masterplanning consultancy included the carbon model and the renewables and energy efficiency strategy for 5,500 homes and other mixed-use buildings, the community governance strategy, spatial and orientation strategy.
A recent complex daylighting project for a rear extension in London to an existing building, the analysis needed to determine the potential impact on the adjacent windows to neighbouring properties. The project showed that the proposed rear extension would have a noticeable impact on some of the adjacent windows.
However the windows that fell below target values had additional windows in the same room. Therefore the extension was approved as other windows weren’t significantly impacted by the proposed extension. The assessment was carried out in accordance with BR 209 guidance.
We have carried out over 100 Daylight and Sunlight impact analysis reports.