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ECOSMART PROPERTY DESIGN & MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS

Ecosmart Property Design and Management Consultants is an innovative consultancy firm specializing in the energy demands of modern buildings. Our philosophy is the optimal implementation of innovative construction and engineering technologies in existing and new buildings, seeking the greatest benefit and taking into account the initial cost. The firm is active in a wide range of building sector needs. See our basic services here.

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SERVICES

The main services that our office provides are architectural design, emphasizing in bioclimatic design, energy upgrades of existing buildings, planning arrangements including cadastral services, construction permits, management of construction services and alternative dispute resolutions.

Bioclimatic Design

The process of architectural design had to incorporate many parameters and satisfy a range of demands. The aesthetic quality and reach of user's needs are the two main elements. Nowadays apart from solving technical and financial problems, these requirements include the bioclimatic parameter. Bioclimatic design takes into account the climate of the region, namely the temperature and ventilation of the local climate, targeting the optimal adjustment of the building hull to them. The result is a building that consumes much less energy than conventional buildings, while offering better thermal comfort. The orientation of the places and other architectural οperations can improve our living conditions inside the building, without necessarily increasing the cost of construction.

For example, in the bioclimatic design we want to take advantage of the sunlight of winter, while taking care to reduce it during summer. We can succeed only with proper architectural design closely following bioclimatic principles that do not ignore the local climate.

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Energy Upgrades

The sponsorships offered through EU funds, provide the perfect opportunity for upgrading the energy of your home or your workplace. The ECOSMART offers the following services for sponsoring projects:

  • Issue of upgrade energy certificate
  • Techno-economic study (energy upgrades)
  • Recommendations-scenario study for finding the best energy upgrades (cost-benefit, depreciation time)
  • Obtaining the necessary documents from planning authorities and land register
  • Preparation and submission of data necessary to secure government grants
  • Supervision / Implementation Manager
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Planning Arrangements

The office undertakes the resolution of your urban problems and your representation to the planning authorities. The basic procedures required for cases where there are urban planning abeyances, are:

  • Legalization of an additional building factor according to the new measures of 2015
  • Urban Planning permissions for change of use
  • Amending Permits
  • Arranging the required parking spaces
  • Preliminary Questions
  • Hierarchical Appeals
  • Applications of licenses by Exception
  • Issue of Final Approval Certificate

Furthermore, planning permissions are deposited for other needs such as:

  • Permits for vertical segregation of Buildings
  • Permits for segregation of plot units
  • Projects that exhibit the horizontal segregation of buildings (eg apartments in apartment buildings)

Cadastral Services

All single-unit development processes begin and end in real estate offices. From the right transmission, which is required for the submission of any planning applications until the issue of title of ownership.

  • Segregation of agricultural or enclosed residential blocks
  • Transmission right (passing) for landlocked units
  • Demarcation of units
  • Boundary Adjustments
  • Research certificates
  • Objections regarding the taxation
  • Issue of Property Securities
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Construction Permits

We offer services related to the execution of a project, starting from the preparation of the necessary studies required in the planning and / or building permits, resulting in supervising the execution of the project. The services are divided into three main categories:

Permits for new development services

  • Architectural / Construction Plans for the deposition of Urban and Building Permits for new development
  • Statistical Studies
  • Measurement of Quantities
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Costings of Construction projects
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Techno-Fiscal Studies
  • Supervision of upgrading projects or refurbishments
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Management of Construction Projects

Planning & Organizing

  • WBS
  • Schedule
  • Budget Estimate

Execution

  • Coordinating Shareholders
  • Conducting Procurement
  • Managing Contracts & Payments

Tracking & Control

  • Scope & Quality
  • Schedule
  • Budget
  • Changes
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Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

During the fulfillment of commercial contracts including those in the construction sector, often arise between the involved parties financial or other differences. To avoid resorting to complicated, lengthy and costly legal proceedings, the parties have the option to resort to one of the alternative dispute resolution methods that are essentially as follows:

  1. Negotiation
  2. Mediation
  3. Expert Determination
  4. Arbitration
  5. Adjudication

During the first two methods, the differences are resolved through a conciliation between the parties and the last three by a consensus or decision of an independent expert, arbitrator or judge respectively.

Below we analyze separately the main features for each of these:

NEGOTIATION

It is a private informal method that essentially constitutes or should constitute the first step in resolving a dispute: in the final analysis or negotiation it is in the daily schedule of a successful businessman, so why abandoning it when suddenly when a difference arises?The method results in a compromise through direct communication and specialized negotiation between the two parties. The presence of third parties, such as specialized experts and lawyers is possible but not necessary. In any case, the control of the process and the result is on the two litigant parties. It is less confrontational than alternative methods, which allow the parties to continue their cooperation.

MEDIATION

It is namely for private and informal negotiation, which is structured, with the involvement of a neutral mediator who helps the parties to understand each other's positions and to reach a mutual compromise. The mediator does not act or judge anything himself and it is up to the parties to reach a compromise. Mediation is categorized into assistive and evaluative: during the first the mediator is called to bring together the two parties and to explore with them a compromise of possibilities and options, while during the second, he also expresses his personal opinion or neutral evaluation, which is of course not binding to the parties, who are free to leave the process whenever they want.

EXPERT DETERMINATION

It is a formal, private method that can be made public if there is involvement of the court. It is a relatively simple procedure, suitable for cases where the difference lies basically in technical issues and possible assessment of interwoven cost. The parties, either directly or through a competent body such as e.g. the ETSC, jointly appoint an independent expert who has the power to investigate controversial issues and articulate a report whose findings logically would be binding. The submission of a dispute to an expert can be done by the agreement of the parties or in accordance with instructions of the court, if the case is reached there. The court or the parties define also the terms of the of the expert's mandate and the report delivery time is agreed between the parties and the latter.

ARBITRATION

The statute of Arbitration is a formal, private method that can be made public if there is involvement of the court. It supplements any modern judicial system. Cyprus is governed by the Arbitration Act, Cap. 4 and the On International Commercial Arbitration Law 101 (I) / 1987. It resembles more than any other alternative method to the judicial process, replacing it where necessary with expert research and judgment. In addition it mitigates in some degree the main drawbacks of the latter that are inflexible, rigid, expensive, and time-consuming. The reference is a.) Based on the so-called arbitration, which may be a term of the contract for the avoidance of future disputes to arbitration or ad hoc agreement after the occurrence of the dispute, or b.) Based on court order by decree of Articles 35-39 of the Law on Court 14/1960. One or more arbitrators are appointed either directly by the parties or by a competent body, like the ETSC, at mutual request. The arbitration through ETSC conducted under the Arbitration Rules of the Chamber, edition 2012. The arbitrator must be independent, impartial and integral giving the parties an equal opportunity to present their positions. The decision is binding and is hardly overturned by the courts: unless if there is a proven fault or misconduct on his part. With the adoption of the arbitration from the Court, the arbitration decision takes the place of the judgment or decree and as such it is executed.

ADJUDICATION

It is a less formal than arbitration but is is a quick resolution method that has been mandatory adopted over the last few years in England with the Law "The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act, 1996, Part II, Section 108" which came into force in 2011. The Act provides that each and every contract relating to the construction sector should allow contracting parties the right to refer any dispute to critical process and establishes rules to govern the process. The judge, who must be a neutral person, is either chosen by the parties or appointed by a recognized body. The process can be based on submission of documents only and are subject to strict timetables: the appointment and referral is made to a maximum of 7 days after the notice of intention by one party and the judge results in the following decision within 28 days, with right of a 14- day extension, provided that there is a consent of the the part which referred the dispute. The judge must act impartially and has the power of taking an initiative to investigate the facts and ascertain the truth. The decision is considered intermediate in the sense that it can be reviewed later by a possible trial or arbitration or mutual agreement. However, the parties can agree to the decision shall be final.

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ECOSMART PROPERTY Design & Management Consultants

 

99 155 750
(Contact us between: 08:00 – 18:00)
miltos@ecosmart.com.cy

 

13 Ektoros Street, St. Dometios, Nicosia
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