The UK is currently on course to leave the European Union at the end of this month, and Brexit will doubtless signal change in the construction industry. The government have made a number of announcements that give cause for optimism; irrespective of party politics, it could be a good thing that the government now have a clear majority, enabling more stability and certainty to policies, changes and the way that the country moves forward.

It’s now commonplace across the construction industry to make new-built houses as energy efficient as possible, with highly specified glazing, high levels of insulation and low air permeability rates all combining to reduce the emissions released by our homes.  However, gas heating is still the preferred option for most house builders, be they individuals or large-scale developers. As we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in other areas, heating for our homes is lagging behind.

Well, what a drop! You’d be forgiven for thinking that a Brexit-busy government wouldn’t have time for a building regulations update like the Future Homes Standard released this month – but it looks like they’ve taken some very substantial steps to solve some of the system’s current problems.  

Let’s analyse together the most significant update to Building Regulations L and F (still in consultation, technically) since 2006.

I want to talk about materials and life cycle assessments (LCA). I’m not a specialist in the area, but I am a sustainability professional, and for me this is an area where we (as the construction industry) can have a huge impact for the better.

The impact of a building in operation is broadly understood by a building owner. They have to pay the water bill, the gas bill, and the electric bill, and so they can see the consumption uses of the building first-hand. But what about the embodied impacts of the building? 

Our Mission Statement, Our Values, and Where We Can Improve

Imagine you’re reviewing a number of businesses to decide which one to choose. What’s more important to you: the cost, or the service?

Some might say ‘buy cheap, pay twice’ - and others might prefer the cheapest on the market so that money can be reserved for other things.

Some may feel that high service levels should always come as standard, while others may feel that high service levels come at too much of a price premium.