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BREEAM UK Refurbishment & Fit-Out 2014

Posted on: 21 July 2014
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After two years of piloting, industry consultation and development, the draft 2014 version of the BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit-out scheme has now been published. The following documents are available via the Resources section of the BREEAM website (you will need to register with the website to access these documents): Draft BREEAM UK Refurbishment and Fit-Out (RFO) 2014 technical manual; Consultation document introducing  the scheme, how it has been developed, the launch programme and details about which aspects are being consulting on; a scoping tool to allow assessors to identify the assessment criteria that would apply to different refurbishment or fit-out project types; and a summary of differences compared to the BREEAM New Construction 2014 scheme and the BREEAM 2008 version that most refurbishment or fit-out projects currently use.

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The urban dimension of EU policies – key features of an EU Urban Agenda

Posted on: 21 July 2014
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The European Commission has launched a consultation on the need for an ‘EU urban agenda’ in order to improve ‘slow and piecemeal’ urban policy initiatives at national and European level. A growing number of voices argue that cities need to be adequately involved in the conception and implementation of EU policies, and that EU policies need to be better adapted to the urban realities where they will be implemented. This is expressed by calls for an EU urban agenda coming from a range of stakeholders at the EU, national and local level. The purpose of this consultation is to widen debate to all stakeholders and to reach relevant stakeholders and to gather their ideas and further clarifying the need for an EU urban agenda, what its objectives should be and how it could function. Comments are requested by 26 September 2014.

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Sustainability transitions at the international, European and national level: Approaches, objectives and tools for sustainable development governance

Posted on: 21 July 2014
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This European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) Quarterly Report provides an overview of the concept sustainability transitions and transformative environmental and sustainability policies and thus deepens the work that started by preparing the 11th ESND Workshop (Berlin, June 25-26, 2014) on the same topic. In general, sustainability transitions take place in the context of ongoing and very lively debates about future aspects of sustainable development on the international level (e.g. Rio+20 follow-up, post-2015 debate and SDGs) and important developments in Europe and on the national level. For example, EU level policy strategies formulate long-term visions for society and include objective for economic, societal and environmental innovations. In addition, several European countries (e.g. Belgium, Finland, France) work towards societal commitments for sustainable development, transformative issues, and long-term perspectives up to 2050 which signal important new angles for sustainable development.

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Towards zero carbon

Posted on: 17 July 2014
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The government has recently published its reply to the consultation document, ‘Next step to zero carbon homes – Allowable solutions’. This reply details the probable future policy in relation to ‘allowable solutions ‘for new build homes in the UK. That reply document is briefly discussed here.

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Housing transfer manual: period to 31 March 2016

Posted on: 17 July 2014
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This guidance sets out how local authorities and tenant groups can apply to transfer local authority housing to a different landlord. As part of this, local authorities and tenant groups can apply for funding towards writing off debt, with up to £100 million available in 2015 to 2016.

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Lower Thames Crossing: government response to consultation on options

Posted on: 17 July 2014
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This document sets out government’s decisions following consultation on options for a new Lower Thames Crossing, taking into account technical advice on points raised during consultation and other relevant information. It provides a reminder of the consultation feedback and sets out: government’s position on the case for a new crossing; choice of crossing location; type of crossing; and next steps towards delivery.

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Infrastructure Cost Review: Measuring and improving delivery

Posted on: 16 July 2014
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H M Treasury has published its third annual ‘Infrastructure Cost Review’, claiming that better collaboration and changed behaviours have helped to achieve £473M annual savings for highway schemes and £743M for rail projects.

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Consultation on historic environment good practice advice in planning

Posted on: 16 July 2014
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English Heritage has published draft good practice guidance on planning and the historic environment.

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Corporate lettings 2014

Posted on: 16 July 2014
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Research from Savills looks at the reasons why London attracts companies from around the globe.

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Evaluation of removal of the spare room subsidy: Interim Report

Posted on: 16 July 2014
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Commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and carried out by staff at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research and Ipsos Mori, this interim report presents early findings from the evaluation of the removal of the Spare Room Subsidy. The DWP has also published a guide which provides ideas and good practice for all local authorities on the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy. This is available here.

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