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  • Sustainability update: August | Competitive Advantage
    on August 12 2014 updated on August 13 2014 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment Tweet A surge in applications for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has resulted in its closure as the budget becomes fully allocated This has been a controversial move provoking comments from industry members The government have set up a FAQ page following the closing of the fund Government s response to the Energy Company Obligation consultation in March have been published The ECO scheme will be extended to March 2017 with new targets imposed with the changes expected to come into force in Autumn 2014 The CPA has produced an information paper which summarise the solutions which relate to construction in the Design versus as Built report by the Zero Carbon Hub A recent poll by the Energy Savings Trust reveals nearly half of UK residents live in draughty damp or mouldy homes The UK is still not where we want it to be but there has been progress Read my article Go green and save money Construction industry knowledge hub Sustainability Green Construction Green Deal Post navigation Previous Next Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Learn more about Building Information Modelling Communicating with the industry Construction market activity Effective specification strategies Marketing in construction Sustainability Understanding the construction industry Understanding your customer n Select by type n Blog News Article Report eBook Youtube Video Book Review Slideshare Infographic Event Twitter Chat Construction Sales Marketing eNews Get the latest in Construction Sales Marketing news straight to your inbox once a month REGISTER

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  • Go green and save money | Competitive Advantage
    as new initiatives 2 Understand the larger issues of sustainability 3 Make sustainability a company culture encourage your staff to adopt sustainable practices 4 Look at your entire process and identify ways of being more sustainable 5 Improvements need to be a continuous process not a one off measure 6 Support any claims with facts 7 Keep informed about new developments changes to the Green Guide and embodied water will both become issues before long 8 Ensure you follow the Green Claims Guidance published by Defra 9 Most important don t debate with your competitors instead take an independent fact based approach A good example of an effective sustainability policy which makes a good story and also saves money is that published by Carillion They say that in their latest annual sustainability report they hit 60 of their sustainability targets Only 10 of the 17 targets were hit The fact that last year only half the targets wer e achieved shows that progress is being made But also important is the quote from Richard Howson chief executive of Carillion Our report demonstrates that sustainability can make a powerful contribution to profit as well as operational delivery and it creates real benefits for the communities in which we work Another good sustainability story that also saves money is the Marks and Spencer Cheshire Oaks Eco store The store have proven popular with customers and also cheaper to operate such that Marks and Spencer have committed to 60 of the eco features becoming standard in future stores So think about your own sustainability policies are they saving you money and are you telling everyone about your successes First published by Green Construction Board Blog 2014 Further reading Three Steps to win Green Specifications Energy efficiency expertise can boost your margins Sustainability update

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  • Sustainability | Competitive Advantage | Page 3
    to improve their margins A policy of more of the same will only lead to disaster as costs increase To survive companies must improve margins and to do this they need to demonstrate specialist skills and competences that clients Construction industry knowledge hub Sustainability Understanding your customer Sustainability update May Posted on May 16 2014 updated on June 10 2014 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment A circular letter has been issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government detailing new Green Deal Measures to be introduced later this year The letter also sets out changes to the notice of approval for the calculation methodologies for CO2 emissions fabric energy efficiency and energy performance certificates for new buildings In March Construction industry knowledge hub Sustainability Sustainability update April Posted on April 9 2014 updated on January 18 2016 by Helen Leave a comment Version 3 of the Green DealCode of Practice has just been published by DECC they have also published a draft of version 4 that will replace version 3 in due course There are calls for the Green Deal to be thrown a lifeline with only 33 plans being recorded in February The Government is providing Construction industry knowledge hub Effective specification strategies Sustainability Understanding the construction industry Sustainability update March Posted on March 9 2014 updated on June 10 2014 by Helen Leave a comment The government isextending its cashback scheme in support of the Green Deal from 31 March to 30 June 2014 Some home owner rebates have also been increased Up to 4 000 is now available for solid wall insulation from 650 up to 1 000 for room in roof insulation from 220 up to 650 for double glazing from Communicating with the industry Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity Sustainability Understanding the construction industry Sustainability update February Posted on February 9 2014 updated on January 18 2016 by Helen Leave a comment The energy bill revolution had its cold homes week at the beginning of February They are calling on the government to use the money it gets from carbon taxes to help make homes super energy efficient One year on from the launch of the Green Deal there are still calls for the Government to step in Communicating with the industry Construction industry knowledge hub Effective specification strategies Sustainability Understanding the construction industry Sustainability update January Posted on January 9 2014 updated on June 10 2014 by Helen Leave a comment Latest research shows over eighty per cent of people will take action when it comes to making homes more energy efficient which is positive news for the Green Deal Construction industry knowledge hub Effective specification strategies Sustainability Understanding the construction industry Green construction what s in it for me Posted on October 16 2013 updated on January 18 2016 by Helen Leave a comment All the signals show that we are finally seeing the end of the recession in UK construction with the forecasts just published by the Construction

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  • Michael Prince | Competitive Advantage | Page 3
    step by step help to define manage and validate the responsibility for information development and the delivery of BIM The NBS also provide a summary of the session and presentations for the launch of the Toolkit Building Information Modelling Construction industry knowledge hub BIM Adoption by Product Manufacturers A review of the EcoBuild BIM4M2 Panel Discussion Posted on March 16 2015 updated on March 19 2015 by Michael Prince Leave a comment With BIM being such a hot topic and the recent release of the BIM4M2 research BIM Adoption by Product Manufacturers I decided to attend the BIM4M2 Panel discussion at Ecobuild I wanted to find out what information and advice the panel members would give manufacturers looking to adopt BIM On the panel were members Building Information Modelling Construction industry knowledge hub BIM update March Posted on March 11 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Michael Prince Leave a comment This month at Ecobuild BIM was the hot topic with everyone wanting to learn more The main attraction was the BIM Theatre hosted by the NBS which saw many presentations and a wealth of information given out by BIM experts The NBS have written up the highlights of what happened at the BIM theatre The Building Information Modelling Construction industry knowledge hub March construction market overview Posted on March 11 2015 updated on March 17 2015 by Michael Prince Leave a comment The ONS have released their Output in the Construction Industry figures for January 2015 and new orders Q4 2014 These show that in January 2015 output in the construction industry decreased by 2 6 compared with December 2014 and compared with January 2014 output decreased by 3 1 making this the first year on year decrease since May 2013 Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity February construction market overview Posted on February 17 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Michael Prince Leave a comment The ONS have released their Output in the Construction Industry figures for December and Q4 2014 These show that output was estimated to have increased by 0 4 in December 2014 when compared with November 2014 Output in December 2014 increased by 5 5 when compared with December 2013 making it the 19th monthly period of year on year Construction market activity Information resources for the manufacturer starting their BIM Journey Posted on February 10 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Michael Prince Leave a comment Following the publication of new research by BIM4M2 and the recent Barbour ABI Twitter chat with Steve Thompson Chair of BIM4M2 many interesting points have been raised around the challenges of BIM adoption faced by construction product manufacturers The government s 2016 deadline is just around the corner The BIM4M2 research states just under 50 of respondents Building Information Modelling Construction industry knowledge hub January construction market overview Posted on January 13 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Michael Prince Leave a comment The Glenigan Index has been published for January 2015

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  • forecasting | Competitive Advantage | Page 2
    with these and their implications if you are to be effective Here are 5 actions you can take to understand construction markets Know how the industry works To understand why things happen the way Construction industry knowledge hub Understanding the construction industry Market research who needs it Posted on August 12 2014 updated on August 13 2014 by cadvantage Leave a comment Author Lucia Di Stazio Director of full service marketing agency MRA Marketing Finance Dry dull and difficult Insurance Yawn Pensions Zzzzzzz Production Dirty drab and noisy Marketing Wheeee Let the fun begin Marketing engages and involves us Good advertising makes us smile feel hungry warm or sad makes us want to support a cause join Construction industry knowledge hub Marketing in construction Understanding your customer July construction market overview Posted on July 15 2014 updated on January 18 2016 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment Concerns are being raised over a slowing in recovery Latest figures from the ONS for Output in Construction May 2014 show output has fallen by 1 1 in May 2014 compared to April 2014 However the latest Economic Construction Market Review released by Barbour ABI shows that the total value of all new construction contracts awarded in Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity Understanding construction market forecasts how they can help with business planning Posted on May 12 2014 updated on May 15 2014 by Michael Prince Leave a comment With a cautious return to growth it is important to keep informed of changes in the construction market and its sectors With this in mind this blog looks at how to use construction market forecasts to inform your business strategy An overview of UK construction the industry today Construction is a key sector for the Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity Understanding the construction industry February Construction Market Overview Posted on February 13 2014 updated on January 18 2016 by Helen Leave a comment The Construction Products Association has released its latest Construction Trade Survey This survey shows that in Q4 2013 Construction activity rose by a substantial amount making it the first time in 5 years the industry has seen growth over 3 consecutive quarters In contrast to this GDP figures released by the ONS show the UK economy Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity December Construction Market Overview Posted on December 14 2013 updated on April 9 2014 by Helen Leave a comment The Chancellor presented his Autumn Statement last week with one positive point relevant to construction that the government would beinvesting 1bn in loans to unblock stalled housing developments in Leeds and Manchester he commented that If we want more people to own a home we have to build more homes It was also announced that Councils would Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity How much should you invest in your Construction Sales Marketing Posted on November 19 2013 updated on April 15 2014 by Helen 1 Comment How do you decide your marketing spend

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  • Ecobuild – Pick up the phone and keep the conversation going | Competitive Advantage
    to secure a number of face to face meetings or to generate a certain number of sales You could challenge a colleague and add an element of competition into it In some ways it doesn t matter what your target as long as it is relevant and ultimately keeps you motivated Equally important though is to block out time in your working day so you can dedicate time to complete the tasks It is important to treat this as valuable time that should not be interrupted by other projects internal meetings etc If you find this hard and are easily distracted consider taking yourself off to a quiet space or meeting room for the duration Don t be afraid to pick up the phone Telephone technique You may think you are an old hand at making a phone call to a client but there is never any harm in reminding yourself of the basics Always plan for the call to be a success Preparation Know what you are going to say What is your objective for the call and what is the response you are wanting Read through your notes remind yourself of any further information you have sent them Make sure you have all the information to hand to refer to during your call Be brief don t waffle Time is precious so get straight to the point Start the call with a Verbal Handshake Introduce yourself in a clear manner Remember that at the beginning of the call the recipient may only be half listening as their mind moves on from the task they were working on when you called Next establish and build rapport refer to your meeting at Ecobuild and the follow up information you sent Importantly summarise why you are calling Tone of voice sound professional This is very important Remember to use some of the techniques such as smiling whilst you talk maintaining good body posture and keeping your head up standing to convey authority and keeping your head still to sound serious Even though the caller cannot see you these physical actions can change the tone of your voice It is also important to vary the pitch of your voice to keep interest and not to speak with too high a pitch so sounding young Next time you watch the News listen to the voice of the presenter and take note of their pitch and tone Speak their language relate it to the customer s business whenever possible Give evidence of your preparation by demonstrating an understanding of their business Find things in common play down your differences and focus on your similarities Provide solutions demonstrating you understand what matters to them Close for commitment do what you said you were going to do Complete the call by summarising and telling the prospect what you will do next Confirm when you should next contact them and to bring it full circle do what you said you were going to do Conclusion Don t

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  • The Marketing Mix and the Challenge of Combining Offline with Online | Competitive Advantage
    be driven by the rate at which architects in particular start to use the iPad and its android alternatives This allows easy viewing of information with iPad3 now delivering image quality equal to the printed page and consequently requiring very large data transfer rates Interactive Apps can include other forms of media besides print and image such as video slides virtual tours Apps can also be used to gain feedback As we see the move towards permission marketing this could be an important method of gathering customer feedback Sustainable No printing costs no storage required and no stockpile of literature slowly going out of date Editable An App can be updated when required with the latest information So an App is a great way of presenting your company information in a fresh and interactive way but again how can the offline be gelled with the online One answer is the 2D code with the most common being the QR code It is a method of providing an easy way for people to access information when not in the office a code that can be scanned by an android phone providing information to the recipient How can you use QR Codes to integrate offline and online marketing Creatively QR codes once created can be printed on nearly any surface in any location But think carefully about what you want to achieve making sure you are adding value Once scanned QR codes can automatically perform specific actions taking the recipient to a website showing them a video sending them a text message Whichever you chose Remember the information should be of relevance and have a unique benefit such as technical data installation instructions data on embodied carbon There were a number of exhibition stands at this year s Ecobuild displaying QR codes but sadly most of these just linked to the company s standard website and did not give extra information such as products on display A missed opportunity As well as complimenting BIM I can see QR codes being used in conjunction with hardcopy literature providing a means to link to technical information on a website or the latest project story This could extend the life of hardcopy literature extending its life and turning it into an interactive medium But it is imperative that the information is delivered in a mobile friendly way So what can we take from this Apps and more specifically QR Codes are a great way of driving offline traffic online but don t forget the marketing basics Which ever channel you choose it is important to have a considered approach and developing a clear strategy is key to this When implementing the marketing mix you need to make informed decisions using research such as the Construction Media Index to understand which communication channels are best for speaking with your key audience Finally but most importantly you need to provide added value to the user What examples good or bad have you seen when combining offline and

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  • OFFICE OF NATIONAL STATISTICS | Competitive Advantage | Page 2
    by 5 3 in 2015 This spreads beyond the private housing sector that did so well last year to include 8 0 growth in commercial offices and 7 9 growth in new infrastructure These positive forecasts follow on from what would seem to have been a Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity January construction market overview Posted on January 13 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Michael Prince Leave a comment The Glenigan Index has been published for January 2015 which covers the value of projects starting on site during the three months to December 2014 These figures show that the index is flat compared to a year ago with a 14 fall in Civil engineering activity which is masking a 4 rise in non residential starts Construction market activity December construction market overview Posted on December 10 2014 updated on January 18 2016 by Michael Prince Leave a comment The ONS have released their Output in the Construction Industry figures for September and Q3 2014 These figures show that in September 2014 output was estimated to have increased by 1 8 compared with August 2014 following a fall of 3 0 in August The ONS also report that this was the sixth consecutive period of annual Construction market activity 2014 Construction Market Activity The year that delivered growth Posted on December 1 2014 updated on December 1 2014 by Michael Prince Leave a comment In the final quarter of 2013 for the first time in 5 years the construction industry saw growth over 3 consecutive quarters This heralded the end of recession and marked the beginning of growth for the construction industry So what have been the highlights of 2014 so far And what could 2015 hold ONS figures Construction market activity October construction market overview Posted on October 16 2014 updated on October 16 2014 by Michael Prince Leave a comment With winter fast approaching the growth of the construction industry seems to be slowing dramatically The ONS Output in the Construction Industry figures for 2014 show output was estimated to have fallen by 3 9 in August 2014 compared with July 2014 Figures show that all new work in construction decreased by 4 8 overall only public Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity August construction market overview Posted on August 12 2014 updated on January 18 2016 by Michael Prince Leave a comment Good news again as the UK construction industry heads into a period of sustained growth with expected growth to be greater than 4 for 2014 and 2015 RIBA Insight s monthly briefing states that the UK Construction market is leading the way for construction growth across the whole of Europe This expected growth is based on Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity July construction market overview Posted on July 15 2014 updated on January 18 2016 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment Concerns are being raised over a slowing in recovery Latest figures from the ONS for Output in Construction

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