Final Friday Five

Final Friday Five

A round up of what has caught our attention this month, with a focus on the election.

Conservative Housing Pledges

With the excitement of the election at the start of the month now a distant memory, we found this round up of the Conservative Pre-election Housing Pledges a useful reminder of what was promised for housing.

Sticking to the election theme for a minute the UKGBC have provided a very useful blog detailing who has ended up where in the new Cabinet. Have a read through here: Government confirms new ministerial appointments.

Already architects are putting pressure on the new government with calls for Zero Carbon Homes, aiming to ensure that energy efficiency in buildings is included in the government’s long-term economic plans by asking the government to commit to making all new homes zero carbon by 2016.

One way of lowering carbon usage is by detailed energy modelling before the building work starts. This next link discusses how BIM and dynamic energy modelling were combined to help design a residential development to meet London’s Part L carbon emission reduction targets. Read about integrating BIM and energy modelling here.

And finally, and completely unrelated to the election, take a look at our real value of space white paper. We asked Sweett Group to look into the Return on Investment (ROI) from specifying Kingspan Kooltherm wall insulation solutions versus comparative insulation solutions. The results are well worth looking into find out more here:

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