Design Advice


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Design Advice is a scheme operated by DETR through their Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme.  Any building project at any stage, whether new-build or refurbishment, is eligible under the terms of the scheme to receive a one-day consultancy free of charge.

What is the Design Advice Service?

The Design Advice Service offers professional, independent and objective advice on the energy-efficient and environmentally conscious design of buildings.  The service covers both new-build and refurbishment projects and is part of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions' Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme.

What does the service offer?

Subject to eligibility, clients are offered a one-day general consultancy on their chosen building project, paid for by a cash-back scheme.  The consultancy recommendations, covering energy efficiency, environmental improvements, and the potential commercial benefits are detailed in a client report.  Specialist consultations will also be considered under the service.

Who benefits?

Design Advice service clients include building developers, fund providers, design teams, letting agents, housing associations, local authorities and building owners / tenants.

Other benefits include a reduction in global climate change and fossil fuel use, an increase in the quantity of building materials recycled and reused and a reduction in water consumption.

Are you eligible?

All potential building projects must have a minimum floor area of 500m2 (square metres).  This simple eligibility criterion applies to both new-build and refurbishment projects.  A scheme with a number of similar buildings whose combined floor area is greater than 500m2 would also be eligible.

What types of building qualify?

All new and refurbishment buildings qualify for Design Advice

What do I do now?

Contact the UK Sustainable Construction site in the first instance and we will answer all your questions.


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