PBC Today July 2014

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Welcome to the July 2015 Edition of Planning and Building Control Today.

The Zero Carbon Hub’s interim report — ‘Closing the gap between design and as-built performance’ — is a key announcement this summer. In concluding the report, over 140 professionals across 90 companies collaborated to explore the causes of the performance gap, and to work towards developing cost-effective and realistic proposals that will help to close it. PBC Today have more details on the report in our ‘Energy Efficiency’ section.

Following the success of the last edition, we have another major focus on BIM.  Following on from the news that both The BIM Task Group and Peter Hansford (Government Chief Construction Advisor) will be in place for another year, we are assured of the continuing drive to reach Level 2 BIM by 2016. In this section, Peter Hansford details the value of BIM for the UK in terms of the opportunity for reform, and also the economic success that is already forthcoming and which the construction industry can build on. Penning a second article for PBC Today, David Philp looks at the role of SMEs and explains their key role in the UK’s BIM journey. Legal issues are also highlighted in this edition, with an article from Andrew Marsh, Partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP discussing legal considerations and the importance of understanding the contractual framework of a BIM project.

Continuing with the theme of embodied carbon, PBC Today interviewed Gareth Brown, Programme Area Manager at WRAP. In the exclusive interview he sheds light on the Embodied Carbon Database – how it’s performing, and what challenges remain.

In answer to accusations of ‘land-banking’, Stewart Baseley of the Home Builders Federation provides evidence debunking the myth, proving that where implementable planning permission exists, house builders are not sitting on land. Baseley argues instead for a sensible discussion about how we tackle the long-entrenched problems in the planning system – and where we are going to build the homes the country desperately needs.

This industry is always changing and moving forward, and PBC Today continues to track the latest developments. As always, we welcome feedback and ideas from you as the experts.

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