Why choose the Design and Build route?

What is design and build? Design and build is a procurement route that allows the client to hire one main contractor to conduct both the architectural design and construction works. This is as opposed to the traditional route where the client needs to appoint both an architectural consultant to design the work and a contractor to construct the project. Benefits[…]

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Why build an eco-home?

Eco-homes are typically built to a high energy efficiency standard, use sustainable materials that have a low environmental impact, and create an indoor environment that is healthy and comfortable for its occupants. There are many benefits to building an eco-home from saving money to protecting the environment and we wanted to outline some of the major benefits of going green[…]

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The benefits of offsite construction

You might have heard of the phrase ‘off-site manufacturing’ or ‘modern methods of construction’ when looking into a self-build project – but what does it really mean, and what are the benefits? Understanding the basics Offsite manufacture and offsite construction fundamentally describe pre-manufactured structures designed to allow for quick onsite assembly. The exact levels of prefabrication can vary depending on[…]

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Common pitfalls of self-builds to avoid

Embarking on a self-build is an amazing and rewarding journey-guaranteed to return many ups and downs. However, there are some precautions you can take to reduce the negatives and ensure your self-build project runs as smoothly as possible. In this months feature, we explore some of the common failures experienced during a self-build project and how you can take some[…]

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Tips to finding land for your self build

How can the self the build register help you find your dream plot of land The quest to begin your self-build project can be daunting – and finding land is usually the first landmark step on your journey. But what you might not have heard about is local authority self/custom build registers. Introduced in the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act[…]

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Status and penetration of low and zero carbon homes

New build The introduction of the mandatory SAP assessment and CO2 performance targets in Part L 2002; in the form of the TER (KgCO2/m2), have been the major tools for ensuring the improved energy performance of new buildings. This was complimented by the introduction of the EPC system in 2008; requiring assessment of all buildings for rent, sale or change[…]

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Outlook for low carbon homes

Policy context Having set very ambitious targets for zero carbon new homes in 2006, the UK government and the ZCH hub have periodically reduced the scope of the requirements. It seems that to some extent the original definition; which included unregulated emissions, was technically unachievable for many projects (ZCH, 2011) . However it can be argued, that that anticipation of[…]

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Barriers to Low and Zero carbon homes

The following section highlights some of the key barriers to the diffusion of LZC new build and retrofit in the UK. Although many of the issues are fairly consistent between both new build and retrofit, where  innovation and adoption faces similar barriers, there are a number of areas where the challenges diverge. These barriers are associated with concerns over the[…]

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Barriers to Low and Zero carbon homes

The following section highlights some of the key barriers to the diffusion of LZC new build and retrofit in the UK. Although many of the issues are fairly consistent between both new build and retrofit, where  innovation and adoption faces similar barriers, there are a number of areas where the challenges diverge. These barriers are associated with concerns over the[…]

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Key Organisations and Actor networks in the UK Green Building sector / Private sector

Clearly there are too many private sector actors involved to summarise here, therefore the following table provides an indication of the key types of organisation and the roles they play within the industry A list of these groups can be found in Table 1.   Table 1 Key private sector actors Organisation Sector/Structure Brief description Relevant roles/ activities Architects  […]

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