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Greenbelt abandoned, Smart Homes video & renewables power surge

  • 9 Jun 2015

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The latest round-up of industry news includes Greenbelt abandoned, Smart Homes video, renewable power surge + new products & project stories

Whats new in building

Research by Glenigan for a BBC programme tonight will show an alarming 5 fold increase in homes built on greenbelt land, with over a third in or around Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and much more in the pipeline. Im no NIMBY but this is madness – your comments please!

Other news includes:

  • why energy prices rise even when the sun shines
  • how to reduce energy waste in homes
  • latest DECC power generation report showing a 15% increase in renewables and 10% in nuclear power
  • new flood door defence system for homes

.and with 37m people in the UK now using smart phones, Toolstation offer electric sockets that include a USB port how sensible is that!

Industry Events

  • Solid Wood Solutions one day conference and exhibition will now be held at the Inmarsat Conference Centre on 16th September 2015, the day after Fabric First Event at the same venue
  • Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) announces speaker line-up for first National Conference

Ill be visiting IFSEC, Firex, and the Facilities Show – all on together at Excel in London next week.

I will begin on the ASSA ABLOY stand at IFSEC getting their take on how open platforms win business. Do be in touch if you are exhibiting and have something new for me to review.

BMX demos safety & anti-slip of Fakro DXW windows for roof terraces

Video of the Week

  • new to Guide to Smart Home Wiring from CEDIA

and more videos

  • BMX stunt biker bouncing on a roof window demos safety & anti-slip of Fakro DXW windows for roof terraces
  • fascinating 10 time-lapse video of building the One World Trade Center in New York
  • Klober announces permanent exhibit at the Building Centre
  • Video of Chinese engineering firm as preferred bidder for Swansea Bay lagoon construction

Other product news

  • Unobstructed views with new Fakro high pivot PVC roof window
  • Saniflo showcases products at inaugural Installer 2015
  • H+H to sponsor the Sunday Times Homes for Britain

Latest project stories

  • Portable show-suite developed using Protan SE membrane
  • Traditional Northcot brickwork is key for new Bristol office building
  • Microbarr paint limits the spread of infection at NHS facility
  • Gilberts of Blackpool specified for orang-utan enclosure
  • Swish selected for Newcastle home refurbishment scheme

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Angela Breckenridge<angela@b-v.co.uk> 10/6/2015

I think building on green belt is crazy for several reasons:

  • There are plenty of brown sites where infrastructure already exists
  • There is loads of empty housing that refurbishment could work wonders on, again where infrastructure already exists
  • Green belt housing invites cheating housebuilders who build nine big houses at a time and sell at huge prices. I learnt this from a BBC2 radio interview – Im sure you know that less than 10 constitutes no rules re affordable housing.
  • There is plenty of lovely greenbelt space but our infrastructure just cant take increase upon increase. Ever tried to go anywhere at the weekend recently?!!

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