The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is inviting local authorities (LAs), working with their local partners, to come forward with ambitious and innovative street/area based proposals for funding to deliver Green Deal plans to as many households as possible. DECC funding can also be used to support households who choose to self-finance measures.
In the first of a series of exclusive video interviews with Richard Rogers, the British architect discusses the themes of his current Royal Academy of Arts retrospective and explains why he believes that a building should not just be designed for a specific client, but society as a whole.
This report provides a simple guide to Biodiversity 2020 and an update on progress so far. Biodiversity 2020 is a national strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services; it was published in summer 2011. It sets out the government’s ambition to halt overall loss of England’s biodiversity by 2020, support healthy well functioning ecosystems and establish coherent ecological networks, with more and better places for nature for the benefit of wildlife and people.
This consultation seeks views on the suggested mechanisms for the pooling of £400 million of New Homes Bonus through local enterprise partnerships to support strategic housing and other local economic growth priorities. Comments are requested by 19 September 2013.
With an ever-increasing number of people on the move, migration and its effects will be defining features of societies and environment in the 21st century. Exposing the linkages between human mobility, the environment and disasters is especially relevant in the context of the post Hyogo Framework for Action and ongoing dialogues on the global post-2015 development agenda. To contribute to the international development dialogue, the International Organization for Migration has launched the Compendium of Activities on DRR and Resilience. It draws on the wealth of lessons the Organization has learned from its activities in the field to illustrate the complex nexus between the environment and migration. The Compendium aims at exploring the multiple ways in which mobility influences vulnerability and resilience at the individual, community and society level, as well as at highlighting how innovative, comprehensive solutions can be used to address the different aspects of this issue.
The Urban Biosphere (URBIS) Initiative, a global alliance of partners encouraging conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources to be made priorities in urban development, have launched a new website, providing an online resource platform on sustainable urban development and effective biodiversity management.
This guidance note summarises the purpose and process of both cost analysis and construction project benchmarking. It is based on current practice within the UK and covers the general principles applying to each operation. It does not seek to cover every approach to cost analysis or benchmarking but looks at the subject areas from a practical aspect.
The European Commission wants to gather views and additional information on the possible introduction of EU wide measures to achieve better environmental performance of buildings. Resource use and related environmental impacts all along the life-cycle of buildings are in the scope. The consultation puts forward questions related to the problem definition as well as to possible policy options. It looks at both demand and supply side measures. The consultation, which ends on 1 October 2013, offers an opportunity to all interested parties to express their views and to provide additional information to the European Commission.
Government construction: Construction cost reductions, cost benchmarks, and cost reduction trajectories to March 2013
This is the second year that government has published construction cost benchmark data as part of the broader implementation of the Government Construction Strategy. The Strategy outlines the detailed measures that are being implemented in order to match the best in private sector delivery of construction projects. This publication therefore reports on the progress government departments are already making in achieving this objective and how they want to go further. Private clients and construction suppliers are therefore invited to work with government in order to share in the learning that comes from comparing cost benchmarks and practices.
Following a number of recent major fires on construction sites, Neil Storkes, NBS Technical Author and Architect, summarizes the requirements of the CDM Regulations, current fire legislation and HSE guidance, and reviews the implications for the design and specification of projects.