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How could the EU referendum affect the housing industry?

Simon Blaxill, the Managing Director of leading builder’s merchants Kent Blaxill, is worried that the housing industry around Colchester could suffer a slowdown if Britain votes to leave the European Union (EU). With the countdown to the EU Referendum now... View Article

Sophie Nguyen, Architect

“Playing around with visual ideas is my motivation.” Architect Sophie Nguyen is a one-woman powerhouse of ingenuity. Based in a west London studio, which she designed and built, she is the go-to architect for homeowners in need of clever ideas... View Article

My view – May

Clague’s Karl Elliott considers the role of BIM as he advocates a change to the way buildings are procured. We are living in times when we are ever more demanding of information-rich experiences. And the fact that a gadget in the palm of our hand... View Article

How to achieve a good u-value

Sophie Peters, sustainability assessor, Darren Evans Assessments explains U-values (measured in Watts per metre Kelvin – W/m²K) measure the rate of heat loss through building elements. As they impact on both the dwelling emission rate and fabric energy efficiency targets,... View Article

Architects respond to Green deal investigation

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the results of the ‘Investigation into the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s loans to the Green Deal Finance Company’ by the National Audit Office. RIBA Sustainability Policy Advisor Emilia... View Article

National Infrastructure Delivery Plan – Comment from Arcadis

Chris Pike, Client Development Director, Infrastructure, Arcadis “The long-term prosperity of our major cities is directly linked to creating economic infrastructure and transport systems that connect these cities to each other and to the capital. That is why the National... View Article

Future watch – March

Norman Hayden hears the case for more urban extensions put by LK2’s Tom Drew. All across the country there is a struggle going on to access facilities which support health, well-being, community and leisure. Developments in our industry have been... View Article

The Vinden Partnership reacts to the Budget 2016

Peter Vinden, Managing Director of The Vinden Partnership – a leading multi-disciplinary consultant company to the built environment – said: “The Chancellor has talked of uncertain economic times ahead and it would seem that with this budget he doesn’t intend... View Article

Taking Passivhaus to the next level at Ecobuild 2016

The UK Passivhaus movement has strengthened its position versus other sustainability goals in the housing sector in recent months. Jon Bootland, Chief Executive of the Passivhaus Trust, explains how increasing numbers of housebuilders are embracing the gold standard of energy... View Article
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