BREEAM is having a growing impact on sustainability standards for buildings in the UK and around the world. The latest ABC D magazine features a story about how the Co-op’s former head office will achieve 80% lower carbon emissions, and 50% energy reduction, saving an around £500k per annum. Even the football stadiums for the next FIFA World Cup in Russia are being assessed under BREEAM.
Positive economic outlook is underpinned by a couple of reports last week: Glenigan report that construction is activity set to rise by more than 7%; CPA say 100% of construction product manufacturing firms report rising sales in Q2, the 5th consecutive quarter of rise; and the BDA report a massive rise in brick production as new homes are being built at the fastest rate for a decade.
Videos this week include C-TEC live at Firex talking about new life-safety electronic equipment; me talking from inside Abloy in London’ at the Building Centre; find out why everyone is going to The Build Show; BBC on how a charity called Bounce Back is getting ex-offenders into the painting & decorating trade; and Saint-Gobain on the opening of a student-designed Nottingham H.O.U.S.E (Home Optimising the Use of Solar Energy) that will help with solutions for low-energy affordable homes.
And finally, Buildingtalk is promoting the Special Needs Store handbook, a dedicated resource for special educational needs establishments. Do take a look, especially if you have building products for this sector.