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Small sites exemption will boost housing numbers

Roto explains why BIM is becoming big

One of the buzz phrases we’re hearing more and more these days is BIM. As buzz phrases go, it’s very short. However, it seems it will have a long shelf life over the months and years ahead. BIM isn’t going away. It’s getting big.So why all the fuss about BIM, or in full, Building Information Modelling? Isn’t it just designing buildings on computers in 3D instead of using 2D drawings?Well, it does involve that. But as the experts are keen to point out, BIM isn’t a technology – it’s a process. In other words, it represents a whole different approach to the process of design, construction and maintenance of buildings.The industry has been moving in this direction for some time, and now government organisations are getting in on the act – b...

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Addressing the retrofit challenge

The Retrofit challenge: how existing buildings are the elephant in the room' and the factors influencing the lack of progress in the retrofit industry. Glen Irwin, MEP & Sustainability Manager at Stepnell, explains on behalf of the Built Environment Hub. Any building professionals who have the basic ability to do a few back of an envelope' calculations will have worked out where the vast majority of carbon emissions emanate from in buildings: the existing stock. Even in a building boom the existing stock is only replaced at the rate of around 2% year on year. It doesn't take a genius to work out that the existing stock is a massive issue as the vast majority of these properties will be with us way beyond our 2050 80% carbon reduction target - according to the Carbon Trust: approximately 60% of the buildings that will be in use in 2050 have already been built today'. So, why the lack of action in improving the existing stock? Well, having looked into this for the last 10 years or so, the lack of hard drivers remains the same. In new build there are so many carrots and sticks' at play: constantly ramping up carbon restrictio...

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From the Editor

As an architect, I think three of the key words which apply to homes are space, quality and design. It’s patently clear now that house builders are unlikely to improve quality unless they forced to and that means regulations because in their minds quality (even good design) costs more money.

Extraordinary as it may seem, the trigger for change may not come from Government but from the public itself because buyers have suddenly become choosy and will not accept just anything, using their concerns about energy costs and comfort as the big sticks with which to beat the builder. Clearly, it’s all going to be change at the sharp end.

Speaking of change, we've got some exciting plans in the pipeline for Housing Specification itself. Our housing blog is a brand new online hub dedicated to housing news, discussion and debate. Focusing on industry issues, the blog will explore the socio-political factors that impact Britain's housing market today. We're also venturing into the Twittersphere. Follow us @HousingSpec for regular news and feature updates.

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Small sites exemption will boost housing numbers

The Government’s decision to exempt small sites from off-site carbon mitigation requirements will help small scale house builders build more homes, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Brian Berry, FMB... Click here to read more

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High Density News

Knauf SFS speeds construction at prestige development

30th Mar, 2015

The final phase of Crest Nicholson's established development of new homes in Portishead, Bristol Ninety4 on the Estuary was built using SFS infill panels from Knauf for s...
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Low Density News

State of the art family home with Black Millwork

31st Mar, 2015

A unique self-build property with outstanding energy efficiency credentials has more style than meets the eye with the incorporation of dual-finish Andersen win...
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Video of the Week

Solofix Tile Race - SoloFix is a one-piece tile clip from Marley Eternit that installs 30% faster than traditional two-piece clips. Made from ZiAl, the clip has outstanding durability and performance, meaning it is capable of withstanding all UK exposures. Watch

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Article of the Month

Water treatment protocols play a vital role in energy and cost containment

Water treatment protocols play a vital role in ene...
It’s vital to take steps to ensure that heating systems run to their optimal efficiency and preventative maintenance measures are put in place to  co... read more

Refurb & Restoration

Housing association reduces heating maintenance costs to zero

31st Mar, 2015

Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) has eliminated maintenance costs for heating systems at 13,000 homes by using SystemCare from water treatment specialist, Sentinel. Deploying a treat...
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Training & Education

Dates announced for popular Housing Association Roadshow

30th Mar, 2015

Mitsubishi Electric has announced dates for a nationwide roadshow targeting social housing providers who need to hit renewable targets and find ways of combating fuel poverty among...
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