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October 09, 2019

The Stack Effect

Stack effect is the movement of large volumes of air through the envelope of a building due to temperature differentials between indoor and outdoor air. The effect is intensified in taller buildings. The taller the building, the greater the temperature differential, the greater the driving force. Consequences of this stack effect can wreak havoc in a high-rise building.

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October 04, 2019

The Devil is in the Acoustic Details: Part 1 - Metal Studs

In this first instalment of our series on the devils that lie in acoustic details, Brad Pridham discuss two important decisions for metal stud acoustic wall assemblies: the stud gauge and the stud spacing. Choices made around these two parameters can dramatically affect the Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating and sound isolation performance of a partition.

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September 18, 2019

Food and Drink BREF Update - Changes in Emissions to Water

Further to our previous Food and Drink BREF Update in April, the final draft of the revised Food and Drink BREF was unanimously approved in June. The Best Available Technique Conclusions (BATc) then had to be translated, which normally takes 2 to 3 months, indicating the earliest publication date of September 2019. The date of publication will trigger the four year implementation period of the BATc and BAT-AELs under the Industrial Emissions Directive.

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July 19, 2019

Interest Increases in Oil & Gas International Exploration Licence Rounds

Over recent years and during lower oil prices, the success and take up of many international Oil & Gas exploration licence rounds has suffered in response to the economic climate. This added to the technical and commercial risks, particularly away from the safer basins of places such as the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, has led to the uptake to suffered even further.

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July 15, 2019

Delivering Tall Buildings and Urban Intensification in Ireland

Dublin City Council has recently submitted a proposed amendment to the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Planning Scheme. This now allows for significantly higher building heights than the original Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). This amendment follows the release of the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy’s Urban Development and Building Heights Guidelines in December 2018. If approved, and given the housing pressure which Dublin faces, this is a pivotal change. A decision from the Board on the amendment is scheduled for October 2019. SLR is eagerly awaiting this development and, if approved will be watching closely for its impact on housing delivery.

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July 03, 2019

Environmental Risk Assessment – Are Companies Missing Critical Blind Spots and Risking a Major Accident?

In the article below, SLR’s Euan Munro (Associate Engineer, Process Safety and Process Engineering) discusses the potential for companies to have blind spots in regards to the environmental impact of their operating sites. Using his own experience and expertise, Euan explains the process of an Environmental Risk Assessment, which is the best way for companies to avoid a Major Accident to the Environment.

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May 21, 2019

VR in Industry - What is VR and how can we use it?

Since its first inception in the 1960’s, Virtual Reality (VR) has gained momentum across a broad range of sectors, with major investment from industries such as Gaming, Healthcare and Location Based-Entertainment (LBE). In this article, we consider the benefits of using VR for training purposes such as health & safety and procedure training. Click here to re...

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April 01, 2019

Working with insurers to minimise the impact of flooding

Did you know that there are currently over 30,000 businesses at risk of flooding in the UK? As the Food and Drink sector is the biggest manufacturing sector in the UK it stands to potentially suffer the most disruption to its operations in the years to come, particularly with the advent of climate change. Martin Baines, Technical Director - Hydrology, at SLR Consulting explains how Insurers are working with businesses to provide solutions to minimise the impact of flooding:

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November 09, 2018

Environmental compliance in the food and drink sector

Food and drink sector organisations typically exhibit a range of environmental impacts and pollution scenarios that require effective management and operational control. Sitting alongside these risks is a complex framework of environmental law, with a typical manufacturing organisation having in the region of twenty to thirty environmental laws requiring active compliance management.

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October 18, 2018

Return & Earn – What Should We Learn?

The potential introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for recyclable drinks containers in the UK draws a variety of opinions on the respective merits of such systems, and the drivers behind their implementation.

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August 16, 2018

The business benefits from meeting the sector challenges on waste

There is a lot of focus in the general media and from government on the Food & Drink sector, especially with food waste and plastics. But there is also a recognition of the importance of the sector to the UK economy with the first meeting this year of the Food and Drink Sector Council and the continued funding for support to food waste reduction.

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May 23, 2018

Getting to grips with legal compliance for the British meat industry

The British Meat Industry typically exhibits a range of environmental impacts and pollution scenarios that require effective management and operational control. Sitting alongside these risks is a complex framework of environmental law, with a typical organisation having in the region of twenty to thirty environmental laws requiring active compliance management.

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May 10, 2018

An Environment Agency Update on ESOS Phase 2

ESOS Phase 2 is currently underway and all large undertakings are expected to complete new assessments by 5 December 2019, with any audits from now counting towards the final compliance. Below is the latest newsletter from the Environmental Agency, which makes it clear that they are becoming more stringent and less amenable to non-compliance, with a significant number of penalties being followed up.

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March 08, 2018

Draft Revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework – a platitude towards boosting housing delivery?

Edward Bright (Principal, Planning) shares his thoughts on the Draft Revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and what the changes might mean. With Westminster drowning under the pressures of negotiating a successful Brexit, there’s no doubt those in Whitehall are all working hard. However, the Draft Revisions to the NPPF clearly show that creating ground breaking and effective domestic policy to boost housing delivery is not an easy task. Is this publication merely a platitude toward previous manifesto promises?

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