Final Friday Five
March has been one busy month, and it’s finally time for our Final Friday Five! Here’s what’s grabbed our attention over the past few weeks.
While everyone else is panicking about the impending sugary drinks tax, we’ve paid particular attention to this reference to our old friend BIM:
Digital standards in construction – The government will develop the next digital standard for the construction sector – Building Information Modelling 3 – to save owners of built assets billions of pounds a year in unnecessary costs, and maintain the UK’s global leadership in digital construction.
With Level 2 BIM compulsory on all public sector work as of next week – check out the NBS’ Periodic Table of BIM as a handy reference – we certainly think it’s exciting to see plans materialise for Level 3, the next stage of the BIM revolution!
Last week’s Panorama, ‘Too Poor to Stay Warm’, focused on fuel poverty and energy efficiency.
The programme really struck a chord, highlighting the extent of fuel poverty within the UK and the need for readily available energy efficient homes.
The episode is still available on the BBC iPlayer – it’s worth a watch.
On the topic of energy efficiency, a recent Policy Exchange report has proposed that the stamp duty paid on energy efficient homes should be up to £5,000 less than that paid on hard-to-heat homes. The government would then increase the stamp duty paid on these inefficient homes by the same amount.
Damian Carrington of The Guardian gives this helpful overview of the idea:
“Someone buying a house worth £220,000 – the average UK house price – would see a £500 reduction for a well-insulated property, but £500 more for a draughty one, a difference of £1,000. Policy Exchange says the difference in stamp duty should be capped at £5,000 for multi-million pound properties.”
This could result in an estimated 270,000 households a year improving their energy efficiency.
What are your thoughts?
Kingspan at Ecobuild
We thoroughly enjoyed exhibiting at this year’s Ecobuild, where we launched two new products and the App version of our ever-popular online U-Value Calculator.
For those of you who weren’t able to attend, here’s what you missed:
- Our new Kooltherm K106 Cavity Board allows a U-value of 0.17W/m2.k to be achieved with an overall cavity of just 100mm. Intrigued? Read more here.
- The Kooltherm K108 Cavity Board provides for a thermal conductivity of just 0.018W/m.k, allowing for lower U-values to be achieved without increasing product thickness.
- Finally, the U-Value Calculator App is available to download for free across Apple, Android and Windows devices. Once downloaded, the App can be used wherever and whenever you need it with no need for an internet connection. Perfect for any last minute calculations…!
Ecobuild – The Best of the Rest
ExCel London was packed to the brim with interesting stands, with ZedFactory’s forward-thinking ‘Zero Bills Home’ really standing out from the crowd.
The Riversimple stand and its hydrogen car, ‘Rasa’, was another that caught our eye.
However, our ‘best-in-show’ has to be Dulux Trade Paint Expert – whose stand was crowned as the Most Sustainable over 60m2 by the UK Green Building Council – and their furry friend, Herbert. What’s not to love?
You can take a look at further highlights from this year’s Ecobuild below:
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