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Fitting bricks: it may seem scary to use BIM but the rewards are great

September 26, 2016 | Richard Lupo
We’re told that when a bricklayer first walks onto a building site, the first thing he or she does is not lay any bricks.  They spend quite a bit of time working out exactly where the windows should be.  This is because they want to position them exactly such that there is a neat half brick / whole brick pattern around the window frame.  A very neat aim, but surely this is all on the architect’s drawing.  Well, apparently not.  Not, that is, unless the drawing is created under a Building Information Modelling (BIM) regime.  A BIM drawing would show bricklayers exactly where the windows should be to create the desired, neat effect.  This can save nearly a day of bricklayers’ time on site and serves as just one example of how BIM can cut costs on site.
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A sustainable change in housing?

September 22, 2016 | Bevan Jones
On the surface it looks like sustainability has had its day. Regulations have been eroded, programmes to improve the energy efficiency of housing have stalled;
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Welsh Government in world first – Greening the dragon

June 14, 2016 | Arianna Sdei
The Welsh Wellbeing for Future Generation Act received royal assent in April 2015. The Act is an innovative piece of legislation that has the potential to lead the country, and the world, towards a sustainable future. The Act responds to issues of climate change, poverty, health, inequality and jobs and growth. It legislates on working differently and working together.

New build 10% cheaper, loads of % better – using BIM

May 31, 2016 | Richard Lupo
We’re told that when a bricklayer first walks onto a building site, the first thing he or she does is not lay any bricks.  They spend quite a bit of time working out exactly where the windows should be.  This is because they want to position them exactly such that there is a neat half brick / whole brick pattern around the window frame.  A very neat aim, but surely this is all on the architect’s drawing.  Well, apparently not.  Not, that is, unless the drawing is created under a Building Information Modelling (BIM) regime.  A BIM drawing would show bricklayers exactly where the windows should be to create the desired, neat effect.  This can save nearly a day of bricklayers’ time on site and serves as just one example of how BIM can cut costs on site.
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Three steps to resolving London’s housing crisis

May 17, 2016 | Arianna Sdei
A recent report commissioned by the housing charity Shelter encourages the release of green belt land to respond to the housing crisis in London, concluding that redundant brownfield sites cannot possibly deliver the expansion targets that the mayoral candidates have promised to deliver. The population in the capital is expected to grow by nearly half a million in the next decade and the mayor’s own assessment suggests that 50,000 homes per year will have to be built to meet the need, more than double the recent build rates. We support steps to up the build rate to this level as Sadiq Khan promised.
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Five key events to power up your sustainability campaign this year

March 15, 2016 | Sustainable Homes
SHIFT landlords often ask us about how they can better engage staff and residents on sustainability issues. Planning your internal or resident engagement around worldwide movements is a great way to create a buzz and gain interest. Utilise these events to encourage your colleagues and residents to take action and increase buy-in into your organisation’s sustainability agenda.
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COP 21 – Now let’s get the job done! – key steps UK can take to rapidly decarbonise

December 16, 2015 | Arianna Sdei
It is hard not to overstate the importance of the recent COP 21 success. It is a truly monumental achievement. 196 countries agreed to text setting out a commitment to limit emissions and reverse climate change.  There was also commitment to provide funding for those most impacted by climate change so they can adapt.   
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BBA slams new MMC housing materials

December 10, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
Sustainable Homes recently enlisted the support of several Housing Associations, supply chain companies and other housing professionals to test out their new ‘gingery’ proposal.
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John Prescott announces landlords leading the UK on sustainability and lower bills

November 20, 2015 | Daniel Navarro
Housing associations gathered last week in Manchester to celebrate outstanding achievement in sustainability. The SHIFT Awards are the UK’s sustainability awards for landlords, recognising achievements in reducing environmental impacts, lowering costs and improving the quality of life for their residents.
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More landlords move to verify their environmental impacts

October 16, 2015 | Sustainable Homes
Evidencing sustainability credentials is becoming increasingly important to businesses. Companies who have a plan to deal with climate change, which place sustainability at the core of their business and who report regularly on their progress usually outperform those who do not.
 
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