Final Friday Five – Top 5 articles we’ve read this month

Final Friday Five

Take a look at some of the articles that caught our eye this month covering topics from the Pope to digital economies:

Sector discusses retrofit finance and drivers to reduce fuel poverty

This report on the annual retrofitting conference run by Sustainable Homes, gives an over view of some of the topics raised at the conference, including quotes from some of the speakers

‘we need homes people can afford to heat’

The above quote really caught our attention, as the key method of making homes affordable to heat has to be providing them with the right insulation and the right installation, a topic we’ve covered in our domestic retrofit brochure. Read the full article about the drivers to reduce fuel poverty here.

Tinker with the tech or make big hairy audacious changes?

This article from Paul Wilkinson talks about the ‘Digital Built Britain’; building and exploiting a digital economy specifically for the built environment – and Paul looks at the radical changes that may be required in order to achieve this – an interesting read which can be found on the constructing excellence blog.

Sustainable Buildings pay off for Real Estate Investors finds a first of its kind study

We’ve been looking at the Real Value of Space in our latest white paper and sustainability is a key driver for Kingspan Insulation so we were interested to see a new piece of research from Carbon War Room / University of Cambridge has shown that a ‘focus on sustainability performance is critical to achieve a long-term competitive advantage for real estate investors and owners’. Read it here.

The Papal Encyclical relevance to the Built Environment sector

Martin Brown has taken a look at the Papal Encyclical which was published this month and highlighted some sections which may be of interest to the construction industry. If you don’t have time or the inclination to read through the whole thing this does provide a brief insight into the parts that are relevant to the built environment:

Investments have also been made … in methods of construction and renovating buildings which improve their energy efficiency. But these good practices are still far from widespread.

The full article is available here.

Finally – we’ve posted the first in our blog series which will take an in depth look at a major new study from Sweett Group and consider the questions it poses for architects, developers and property investors right across Britain, considering the question:

Insulation: Do you really get what you pay for?

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