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The practicalities of taking HVAC out of proprietary silos

The practicalities of taking HVAC out of proprietary silos. 26 July 2021 Sourced from The Essential Install  HVAC is a core application to include in any home and building control project, but it needs to be taken out of its silo and be part of an integrated whole-building approach to control if we are to

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Encouraging Innovation

Encouraging Innovation, Paul Foulkes, President, KNX UK Association 22 July 2021 Encouraging Innovation Complex control projects can throw up complex issues,  leading to disputes that are costly and time consuming and, in turn, break what should ideally be long-term relationships. One way to avoid disputes is to play safe; another is to embrace innovation but

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Retrofit Academy and Generation Partner Change Lives

Retrofit Academy and Generation Partner change lives 19 July 2021 Sourced from The Retrofit Academy CIC Retrofitting the UK’s c.27m homes on a path to net carbon is expected to create more than 10,000 new jobs in retrofit coordination, advice and assessment roles by 2025. Businesses across the sector have already reported the capacity challenges

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The future of the built environment

The future of the built environment, Martin Hurn, Event Director, Futurebuild 16 July 2021 The future of the built environment In 2019, the UK Government set an ambitious goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050. As one of the largest contributors to the UK’s carbon footprint, producing 42 per cent of carbon emissions, the

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PAS 2035: A Roadmap to Industrial Scale, High-Quality Retrofit

Opinion Piece by David Pierpoint, CEO, The Retrofit Academy CIC 15 July 2021 PAS 2035: A Roadmap to Industrial Scale, High-Quality Retrofit Visit any retrofit installer at the minute and mention BSI PAS 2035, and there is a good chance you will be shown the door. And understandably so because change is uncomfortable. But give

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Carbon reduction code for the built environment launched

Carbon reduction for the built environment launched 12 July 2021 Sourced from pbc today On 15 June, Issue 1.0 of the Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment had been launched by the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction. The code has been developed on behalf of the Construction Leadership Council as part of

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Landlords. Do they want to help, or is it all Hot Air?

Opinion Piece by Peter Littlewood, iHowz and Steve Cox, Alan Boswell Group 08 July 2021 Landlords.  Do they want to help, or is it all Hot Air? Whilst the demand from income investors, in recent years, has led to build to rent projects these have been focussed on students or those on above-average incomes (typically

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Who really controls the sustainable future of the built environment?

Opinion Piece by John Adams, Head of Product, Glider Technology 25 June 2021 Who really controls the sustainable future of the built environment? In these changing times it’s not certain what the built environment of the future is going to look like.  What is certain, is that with population increases expected until a predicted peak

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Opinion Piece by Neil Thompson, Construction Innovation Hub

      Opinion Piece by Neil Thompson, Programme Director, Construction Innovation Hub 18 June 2021 The case for digital has never been stronger  Information Management can lead to significant benefits for organisations in the built environment and the wider economy – if we act now. The challenges we face as a sector are well

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Arkio is a new immersive collaborative design tool for architecture

Arkio is a new immersive collaborative design tool for architecture Arkio has launched version 1.0 of its immersive collaborative design tool for architecture after a successful beta period. With Arkio, people can brainstorm, sketch, design, review, present and work together in real-time in a shared space using virtual reality (VR) headsets, desktops, tablets and phones.

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Inspiring the next generation of construction industry leaders

Inspiring the next generation of construction industry leaders The Construction Innovation Hub and Class Of Your Own (COYO), supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), are today releasing a new film Where it All Begins as part of a call on the construction industry to support them in attracting the brightest and best upcoming

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Opinion Piece by Elaine Lewis, Managing Director, Cadventure

      Opinion Piece by Elaine Lewis, Managing Director, Cadventure  11 June 2021 Finding a solution to bridge skills gaps, could apprenticeships be the answer? With an ever-growing skill shortage among architects, engineers and construction professionals, we are increasingly aware, as an industry, of the need to encourage young people into our arena. But

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217,000 new workers needed in construction to meet demand by 2025

217,000 new workers needed in construction to meet demand by 2025 CITB warns the construction industry needs to recruit an additional 217,000 workers by 2025 especially in joinery, fit-out and electrical. The organisation’s Construction Skills Network (CSN) published a forecast this week stating that the average recruitment requirement is 4.4% a year between now and

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Opinion Piece by Ian Rippin, CEO, MCS

      Opinion Piece by Ian Rippin, CEO, Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) 04 June 2021 In our recent landmark report – Renewing Britain – MCS provided a comprehensive analysis of the changing landscape of small-scale renewable energy since 2008. What we found is that the landscape for small-scale renewables has changed dramatically over the

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Industry unites to launch a virtual pavilion for COP26

Industry unites to launch a virtual pavilion for COP26 The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today announced a coalition of almost 100 partner organisations across the built environment sector who will support the delivery of a Built Environment Virtual Pavilion, ahead of the UN’s COP26 Climate Summit scheduled to take place in Glasgow this

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