Advice for consultants on planning process
Advice on the planning process — Mike Brown (centre) head Mitsubishi Electrics new consultants sales team. He is supported by Julia Brown and Sam Quinn.
Air-conditioning specialist Mitsubishi Electric has created a new consultants sales team to offer a specialist service to architectural and building-services consultants. The team is headed by Mike Brown and based close to the Tate Modern in London. He believes that building-services consultants and architectural practices have never faced such a fast-changing and complex planning process. He says, ‘Renewable-energy targets from local authorities, building-performance directives from Europe and in the Building Regulations, and contradictory claims on the benefits of new equipment from suppliers and manufacturers mean that the picture can look very confused.’ Mike Brown and his team mates Julia Brown and Sam Quinn can meet consultants to explain what the new regulations mean. The company has already produced a series of independently written, CPD-accredited guides to the main issues affecting the built environment today. These include Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations, Enhanced Capital Allowances, the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the 10% renewable-energy targets. ‘We are here to help guide consultants through the on-going changes in regulations and highlight innovative technologies such as ground-source heat pumps, which can help practices meet the renewable-energy targets the local planning departments are increasingly insisting on,’ says Mike Brown. The company claims to be the only air-conditioning manufacturer with products listed on the Government’s 10% Renewable Energy List.