‘Smart’ is still lacking Writing in The Verge, Dan Seifert reminds us that today we can have a fully connected home complete with sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, air quality, energy usage, and more, and check in on almost any appliance from anywhere in the world with just a smartphone.
Partners for a Better Environment UK-based BRE and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced a partnership aimed at making the global built environment cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable. They will work together to encourage buildings and the built environment globally to raise sustainability standards and deliver greater value.
Critical from the Outset Consideration of health and safety information requirements is critical from the outset of a project. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 place duties on clients, principal designers, designers, principal contractors and contractors to share and use health and safety information.
Flexibility, Compliance & Efficiency In this paper, Gary Morton, head of business development at ACO Water Management (aco.co.uk/cpd) explains the importance of achieving flexibility, compliance and efficiency when constructing sustainable urban drainage systems.
World’s tallest hybrid timber building A 71m-tall timber and concrete building designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for Vancouver will contain 20 apartments valued at more than $2.4m each – Vancouver’s most expensive. (Read full article)
Is this ‘Diversity’ & ‘Stimulation’? The Prime Ministers removal of the local authority borrowing cap during last year’s party conference was a cause for concern among property developers. In many ways it was a pragmatic step – one many described as long overdue. In theory it serves to diversify the housing market, stimulate industry capacity […]
Disillusioned Buyers In March 2017, an article by Julie Kollewe in The Guardian compared UK construction standards to those abroad – and talked to buyers deeply disillusioned by their experiences. More than half of buyers of newly built homes in England were reported to have had major problems. With various reports since then indicating that […]
Lack of Knowledge Two thirds of construction bosses expect to double the amount of construction work they carry out using offsite manufacturing (OSM) over the next five years, although the cost of investment and a lack of knowledge is currently holding the sector back. That’s according to a survey of 31 executives from the UK’s […]
From Latham to Farmer … and Beyond! Every major review of the construction industry has in some way recommended a move towards offsite construction – from the kind of partnering essential for innovation in offsite suggested by Latham way back in 1994, the capital investment into research and development recommended by Egan in 1998 and […]
No Need for Show Homes A new experience, which it is claimed will revolutionise home buying, has been developed by Citu and Leeds Beckett University. Working together on a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, Citu and Leeds Beckett University academics have developed a digital platform which removes the need for traditional bricks and mortar […]
The Pace of Change Writing in 24Housing, Michael Appleby alerts us to the fact that change is happening at an exponential rate, and the housing sector has been slower than others in making progress in developing its service offer to reflect the pace of change.