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New Year, New Hopes?

January 9, 2018 | Bevan Jones
As the realisation sinks in that Christmas is well and truly over and we return to work, Sustainable Homes takes… Read more

Knowledge-rich, fuel-poor

September 13, 2017 | Guest Author
Introducing SwitchedOn, Mitie’s fuel switch solution Mitie, in conjunction with Sustainable Homes, talks about fuel poverty, its impacts and how… Read more

Are we “boiled” for choice?

August 3, 2017 | Richard Lupo
A new analysis of historical boiler repair and replace decisions has revealed which make of boiler costs the least to… Read more

Pursuing a sustainable home

May 3, 2017 | Sarah Daly
This is article is part of the “Our house, in the middle of our street” series. Ever wondered where sustainability… Read more

The SHIFT Awards are here

April 3, 2017 | Bevan Jones
Sustainable Homes launch the SHIFT Awards 2017 today – we’re really looking forward to this year’s event. Take a look… Read more

Builders Book and roasting residents

November 8, 2016 | Guest Author
“So,” I hear you ask, “what is the connection between the Builders Book and roasting residents?” Well, if you’re asking…….. Read more

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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