The UK Green Building Council (GBC) states that household energy efficiency must become UK’s top infrastructure priority. The Green Deal is the Government’s energy efficiency policy which has not been succesful. The GBC is calling on the Government to back energy efficiency efforts with aims of permanently reducing consumer energy bills and creating new jobs. It is calling for Government-lead incentives that encourage homes to take action, and prioritise capital spending on energy efficiency. Similar to the home-to-buy scheme, GBC believes that such incentives will improve energy efficiency. Read the full article here. What About Global Warming? Almost half of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions, the main greenhouse gas which causes climate change, actually come from the things we do every day (Energy Saving Trust 01/04/08). The Government of UK has committed to reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 (Climate Change Act 2008). Here are some interesting stats on the state of some of the global warming culprits, and yes UK is in the red!
Another industry report, this one by The Construction Products Association, forecasting growth in the construction industry. The report has an optimistic view and states that the three areas of private house building, infrastructure work, and commercial activity will contribute towards the growth in the sector within the next four years. Output Construction output is expected to rise by 3.4% in 2014 and an increase of 5.2% within 2015. This growth is projected to continue in to 2017. As with any prediction, in an unpredictable economy, there is always the potential for uncertainty, where sustaining long-term growth and sustainability will become difficult after a number of years – in this case, post 2015. This uncertainty is further validated by the output turnaround in the last year. “The construction of industry is in a very different place to just one year earlier, when output fell to a level 15.4% below its per-recession peak. Since 2013 Q1, activity has picked up considerably” said Dr Noble Francis, Economics Director of the Association. The Industry The growth in Q1, 2013 was due to: Rapid expansion in house building The recent growth in new infrastructure Recovery in London commercial activity that supplemented for the rise in […]
Architect: Piper Whitlock Architecture Ltd. (www.piperwhitlock.co.uk). The project: Urban Regeneration Project – Weavers Wharf Northern Extension, Kidderminster Location: Kidderminster Year: Visuals produced in November 2013 for 2014 project approval The Wyre Forest District Council is preparing for an urban regeneration project to transform the Kidderminster Bull Ring area with approvals for the plan scheduled for some time in 2014. The Visualiser worked with Piper Whitlock Architecture to produce high quality visuals with an aim to win the hearts and minds of the local community at a public consultation hosted by the local council. The Visualiser received site plans and initial 3D models from the client. These 3D models were then worked on with details to produce clay images with camera placing. Photographs of the actual site along with the 3D models were then used to progress the visual development process. Further work was done with lighting and mood creation, and intricate detailing of images to further enhance the final visual output. Request our Kidderminster Urban Regeneration Case Study click here. 8 January 2013
The latest figures released in the December 2013 Home Builder’s Federation (HBF) Housing Pipeline Report shows a big increase in the number of planning permissions being granted for new homes. The report produced for HBF by Glenigan shows that 44,251 permissions were granted in Q3 in England on 826 sites. This represents; an increase of 31% year on year and 19% on the previous quarter the highest total number of permissions granted in a Q3 since 2007 the highest no of sites granted planning approval since Q2 of 2008 The upturn for home building reflects the positive planning principles of the new ‘National Planning Policy Framework’ planning system introduced in 2012 which is having an increasing impact as local authorities attempt to put local plans in place, or risk losing decisions on appeals as a result. Official Government statistics showed the number of private sector new homes started in England in Q3 was up 29% year-on-year to the highest level since Q1 2008, whilst the largest new home warranty provider, NHBC, said registrations of new homes in Q3 were up 19% on last year. Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of the HBF said; “This is the latest indicator to show how […]