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  • Sustainability | Competitive Advantage
    Sustainability Portal has been launched with the aim to share sustainability best practice The portal is supported by 35 of the UK s top construction contractors FM service providers clients and suppliers It is hoped the resource will help to maintain a focus on quality and efficiency throughout the supply chain as the Government Construction industry knowledge hub Sustainability Sustainability update October Posted on October 13 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment The government has been criticised for its subsidy cuts as the press report 1000 job losses with two solar firms going out of business Amber Rudd Energy Secretary has defended her tough stance on cutting energy subsidies in her speech at the Conservative party conference The Conservative government has also been criticised in an infographic by Construction industry knowledge hub Sustainability Sustainability update September Posted on September 8 2015 updated on September 9 2015 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment There is continued criticism by the industry of the government s policies on climate action with concern that energy efficiency and renewables are being left entirely to market forces The Carbon Brief provide a useful assessment of the past green deal and why Amber Rudd has commission a review This review being carried out by Dr Construction industry knowledge hub Sustainability Sustainability update August Posted on August 12 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment As over 200 businesses urge the chancellor to reconsider scrapping Zero Carbon the BBC report that Cardiff University have built a Zero Carbon house They report that the house exports more power to the grid than it uses And crucially they say the cost fell within the normal budget for social housing DECC have released Sustainability Sustainability update July Posted on July 14 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment The ONS have released Sustainable Development Indicators 2015 a report that assesses progress towards a sustainable economy society and environment The Inquiry of the Manufacturing Commission into industrial sustainability is seeking submissions on how UK manufacturing can achieve long term economic environmental and social sustainability The CPA are holding a Networking Forum on Energy Efficiency for Sustainability Sustainability Update June Posted on June 16 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment The latest take up figures for the Green Deal and Eco are now available The Green Deal energy efficiency scheme has exceeded 50m milestone with an average of 586 households applying each week At the same time the Independent reports The Green Deal no longer has a minister directly responsible for the programme and DECC s 3 3bn Construction industry knowledge hub Sustainability Sustainability update May Posted on May 12 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment In the lead up to the election a number of Peers wrote an open letter to the Times newspaper calling for home energy efficiency to be made a spending

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  • Michael Prince | Competitive Advantage
    2015 with all new work increasing by 1 2 and repair and maintenance decreasing by 1 5 New orders were estimated to have increased by 0 8 compared with Q2 2015 Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity BIM update December Posted on December 15 2015 updated on December 17 2015 by Michael Prince Leave a comment A new initiative has been created to provide consistent product data templates This initiative is supported by the Construction Products Association CPA BIM4M2 the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers CIBSE and NBS The initiative will enable manufacturers to prepare their product information ready for the Government s April 2016 BIM deadline To help understand the needs of Building Information Modelling Construction industry knowledge hub BIM update November Posted on November 17 2015 updated on November 18 2015 by Michael Prince Leave a comment A recent discussion on Twitter involving Bond Bryan Architects speculates on how much money is being wasted by manufacturers creating pointless BIM objects Vital reading for any manufacturer is our new impartial research into Adoption of BIM by Architects 2015 priced at 350 VAT The report indicates how architects are implementing BIM their requirements in terms of proprietary software Building Information Modelling Construction industry knowledge hub November construction market overview Posted on November 12 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Michael Prince Leave a comment The ONS have released their Output in the Construction Industry September and Q3 2015 figures showing that in Q3 2015 output was estimated to have decreased by 2 2 compared with Q2 2015 and between Q3 2015 and Q3 2014 estimated output decreased by 0 1 In September 2015 estimated construction output decreased by 0 2 compared with Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity October construction market overview Posted on October 13 2015 updated on October 14 2015 by Michael Prince Leave a comment The ONS have released figures for Output in the Construction Industry August 2015 showing that output was estimated to have decreased by 4 3 compared with July 2015 and 1 3 compared with August 2014 This is the first fall in output since May 2013 All work types decreased in August 2015 compared to July 2015 with new work decreasing by 3 6 and Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity BIM update October Posted on October 12 2015 updated on December 2 2015 by Michael Prince 2 Comments Transparency Market Research have released Global BIM Market Analysis covering BIM growth trends and forecast to 2020 This month B1M have created a number of videos perfect for those considering BIM implementation Top 10 BIM Acronyms Explained also summarised in an article for RIBA Insights Top 3 BIM Myths Dispelled and What Happens if I Don t do BIM Pheonix Building Information Modelling Construction industry knowledge hub 3 Key takeaways from the 2015 UK performance report on construction Posted on September 24 2015 updated on September 30 2015 by Michael Prince Leave a comment With Glenigan releasing the new

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  • 2015 Construction market activity: a year in review
    not agree with these figures stating this was not supported by other construction surveys During the summer the ONS revised their construction output figures upwards to bring them in line with the results of other construction surveys In April as the general election approached the construction PMI showed construction output growth slowed reaching a 22 month low and dropping for the 2nd month running It was suggested that uncertainty around the general election contributed to delays in clients spending decisions which in turn contributed to the slowing in growth In May following the election the construction PMI rebounded showing confidence by construction companies for the year ahead to be at its highest level since February 2006 June also saw an increase in construction output And the construction PMI reported output growth rebounded to its fastest in four months July saw a loss of momentum in residential new build activity triggering a slowdown in construction output growth resulting in a drop in the construction PMI In contrast August saw the fastest rise in commercial work for five months September showed the fastest increase in output levels since February representing a seven month high for construction output growth By the autumn of 2015 we saw October mark two and a half years of sustained output growth across UK construction helped by the fastest rise in new work for 12 months However the pace of growth remained weaker than seen on average in 2014 Conclusion Overall it was a strong start to 2015 Once the uncertainty around the election was dispelled the industry returned to growth with output increasing steadily As we come to the end of 2015 the trend for both growth and output in construction remains positive Yet this is not as strong an outlook as this time last year This

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  • UK Construction Sustainability Update - December 2015
    UK to achieve emission cuts of 57 by 2032 This will require substantial new investment in renewable energy and other low carbon power and new projects such as carbon capture and storage plants Lord Deben chairman of the Committee on Climate Change warns We are in danger of building houses that have to be retrofitted which would be very expensive At the end of November the Green Alliance hosted a panel debate asking which energy technologies will be the winners in the low carbon transition The Sustainability the Built Environment Top 500 has been published by SustMeme and The Daily Mail report on potentially Britain s most energy efficient home that costs just 15 a year to run Learn more about Zero Energy Buildings from the cost optimal methodology And it has been announced that CEEQUAL is to merge with BREEAM signalling the creation of one sustainability standard for civil engineering and infrastructure projects in the UK and around the world An increase in VAT from 5 to 20 for renewables is on the cards under new proposals from the Government Solar panels wind and ocean hydro turbines could all be subject to this increase Another blow for this sector Archie Wallace in his blog is critical of George Osbornes spending review and the derailment of ECO The Energy Company Obligation funds a range of measures from solid wall insulation loft and cavity insulation to replacement boilers for the fuel poor and Archie calls for ECO or its successor to be used to make the greatest difference to those who need support most the fuel poor With only weeks until Ecobuild the big innovation pitch returns and the final programme is announced Construction industry knowledge hub Sustainability BREEAM ECO ECOBUILD Green Construction Post navigation Previous Next Leave a Reply Cancel

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  • Construction Sales and Marketing Roundup - December 2015
    have inspired her marketing For more ideas the Construction Marketing Association on the other side of the Atlantic have announce the winners for their Construction Marketing Start Awards If this has inspired you to nominate a construction marketing star of your own then entries are still being taken for the Rising Star Awards but hurry they close on Monday 11th January Strategy planning With Christmas just around the corner many marketers will be reviewing strategy looking to start 2016 with fresh vigour Hinge marketing provide a blog on 7 top trends to impact AEC marketing in 2016 Marketing Week provide a summary of the top campaigns of 2015 Smart Insights provide 7 web design trends for 2016 The Content Marketing Institute provide a review of data from their annual content marketing survey Content Marketing in the UK 2016 Benchmarks Budgets and Trends suggesting that UK Marketers Need to Get Back to Basics Marketing Sherpa have analysed their 2015 MarketingSherpa Marketing Practices Survey to provide thoughts on streamlining customer service For aligning marketing sales and service view the video on CRM best practice presented by Paul Greenberg author of best selling CRM at the Speed of Light For the very latest in strategy why not try design thinking Copyblogger provide an overview on how to approach your content strategy as an iterative loop Finally for those last minute office secret Santa gifts how about a book on content marketing Or for inspiration for your New Year s resolutions how about 7 tips on how effective managers organize their time Seasonal Sale Our popular 2015 reports Adoption of BIM by Architects 2015 and Construction Media Index 2015 Architect Communication channels are on special offer Purchase both reports together and you ll receive a 10 discount at checkout This means you can purchase

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  • December construction market overview
    published a joint Spending Review and Autumn Statement at the end of last month with some important points for the construction industry The government s plans for housing now include a total of 400 000 new affordable homes by 2020 with support for starter homes and shared ownership schemes Further information has been provided on plans to introduce an Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017 to help fund the creation of 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020 A storify of reactions to the spending review and autumn statement has been created by BIS The latest quarterly breakdowns of cumulative sales under the Help to Buy equity loan scheme have been released These figures show that to 30 September 2015 62 569 properties were bought via the scheme 81 of these sales were to first time buyers with an average purchase price of 217 999 The Markit CIPS UK Construction PMI registered 55 3 in November down from 58 8 in October but still well above the neutral value of 50 0 This showed the slowest expansion of business activity for seven months with output growth at its weakest since mid 2013 except for the pre election slowdown seen in April this year The Nationwide House Price Index reports that in November 2015 house prices increased by 0 1 with annual house price growth slowing to 3 7 in November 2015 down from 3 9 in October 2015 The Halifax House Price Index reports that in November 2015 house prices decreased by 0 2 and house prices in the last 3 months September November were 1 4 higher than the preceding 3 months The 2015 London Commercial Market Contractors Survey by Aecom shows that leading contractors are concerned about London s house price boom beginning to slow and are starting to move

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  • Construction industry knowledge hub | Competitive Advantage | Page 2
    the Construction Products Association CPA BIM4M2 the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers CIBSE and NBS The initiative will enable manufacturers to prepare their product information ready for the Government s April 2016 BIM deadline To help understand the needs of Building Information Modelling Construction industry knowledge hub Understanding Specifiers and the Specification Process Top of the blogs 2015 Posted on December 3 2015 updated on December 3 2015 by Helen Leave a comment During 2015 the Competitive Advantage team has published just short of 100 blogs The overriding theme from our most popular blogs in 2015 can be summarised as understanding specifiers and the specification process With topics covering CPD Selling without the Sales Pitch Creating an Effective Specification Strategy Communicating Effectively with Specifiers Building Information Modelling Understanding Construction industry knowledge hub Effective specification strategies Understanding your customer Sustainability Update November Posted on November 17 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment A new Supply Chain Sustainability Portal has been launched with the aim to share sustainability best practice The portal is supported by 35 of the UK s top construction contractors FM service providers clients and suppliers It is hoped the resource will help to maintain a focus on quality and efficiency throughout the supply chain as the Government Construction industry knowledge hub Sustainability BIM update November Posted on November 17 2015 updated on November 18 2015 by Michael Prince Leave a comment A recent discussion on Twitter involving Bond Bryan Architects speculates on how much money is being wasted by manufacturers creating pointless BIM objects Vital reading for any manufacturer is our new impartial research into Adoption of BIM by Architects 2015 priced at 350 VAT The report indicates how architects are implementing BIM their requirements in terms of proprietary software Building Information Modelling Construction industry knowledge hub Sales marketing round up November Posted on November 17 2015 updated on November 19 2015 by Helen Leave a comment Human attention spans are now just 8 25 seconds An infographic by wyzowl presents the challenges of marketing to those with a shorter attention span than goldfish The final stat of the infographic states that 59 of senior executives would rather watch video that read text making Richard Blackwell s RIBA Insights article on how to increase engagement from Construction industry knowledge hub Marketing in construction Construction industry update November Posted on November 17 2015 updated on November 17 2015 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment Sir Michael Wilshaw head of the education watchdog warns against poor quality apprenticehips Sir Michael goes on to say in his speech at the CBI conference The economy is growing and there is a cross party consensus on the importance of vocational education in general and the need for more high calibre apprenticeships in particular In Construction industry knowledge hub Understanding the construction industry November construction market overview Posted on November 12 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Michael Prince Leave a comment The ONS have released

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  • BIM Update: December
    in 2015 up from 52 in 2014 The same survey indicates an increase in businesses adopting BIM with 32 of the respondents saying they have implemented level 2 BIM The Electrical Contractors Association found in their recent survey that the majority of building services SMEs are not ready for BIM Some further background to help understand the contractors perspective is provided in an article by David Mitchell reviewing the ROI of BIM for Contractors and Sub Contractors The latest edition of BIM Today has been published In this month s edition Peter Hansford chief construction advisor looks at the adoption of BIM over the last 5 years and talks about the 3 key areas that has allowed the UK to become a leading authority Our own Chris Ashworth talks about how manufacturers support BIM by discussing the results of our recent survey Adoption of BIM by Architects Vital reading for any manufacturer the report indicates how architects are implementing BIM their requirements in terms of proprietary software COBie Product Data Templates and the use of Industry Foundation Classes IFC There is also feedback on the stage of the design process that they change from placeholder to manufacturer object Ian Chapman from the NBS and Tom Murphy of David Miller Architects recently hosted a webinar aimed at manufacturers wanting to know more about BIM A video of the webinar giving an introduction to BIM and how it works in practice is now available Chris Ashworth has written a blog BIM What do specifiers need from product manufacturers For those wanting to ask architects questions on this subject there is a BIM4M2 Twitter Chat on Tuesday 12th January at 12pm with an exclusive interview with Paul Broadfoot angryBIM of Space Group and Peter Walker GarnersFSE83 of Garners FSE Follow BIM4M2chat on Twitter

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