Psychrometry is key to holistic energy efficiency

Psychrometry is key to holistic energy efficiency

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A holistic energy efficiency strategy is needed to ensure a balance between efforts to make buildings more airtight and the need to increase ventilation. This is why an understanding of psychrometry is an increasingly important issue for the built environment. Psychrometry is used to prevent environments being created which are detrimental to health, either through […]

UAE’s infrastructure investment drives rapid construction sector growth

UAE’s infrastructure investment drives rapid construction sector growth

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The full impact of high levels of government spending as well as private sector and foreign investment in infrastructure and development in the Gulf is evident in a new report from analysts RNCOS which claims that the construction sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to grow from its current size of $39.4bn at […]

Updated: nearly all London boroughs seek exemption from office conversion plan

Updated: nearly all London boroughs seek exemption from office conversion plan

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Earlier, we reported that London’s Mayor Boris Johnson openly believes that London’s key business districts should be exempt from proposals to allow offices to be turned into homes without planning permission. Now a report emerges from CBRE that all but a handful of London’s boroughs are to seek to make themselves exempt from the rules. […]

Tips for small businesses on their first office search

Tips for small businesses on their first office search

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Finding a great office can be a hugely important step on the road to success for a small business. Business can not only outgrow their existing space, but even for those who want to remain small, escaping the distractions of a home-working environment by moving into a space specifically designed for working can give a […]

US Federal government confirms green-building requirements

US Federal government confirms green-building requirements

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A new study prepared for the United States Department of Defense (DoD) by the National Research Council has given the seal of approval on the importance of green-building certification programs as tools to reduce energy use and other operational costs. “This reaffirmed what we’ve been saying all along – that LEED makes good economic sense,” […]

London’s West End confirmed as world’s most expensive office location

London’s West End confirmed as world’s most expensive office location

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A new report from Cushman and Wakefield has confirmed the results of an earlier study from DTZ that London’s West End is the world’s most expensive office location. According to the property services firm the West End has overtaken Hong Kong’s central business district for the first time since 2008 because of rent increases of […]

Model new site announced for BIM aficionados

Model new site announced for BIM aficionados

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The UK’s BIM (Building Information Modelling) Task Group is launching a Digital Plans of Work site on February 28. The latest phase in the government’s plans to make the UK the world leader in BIM, the site will enable users to keep an online version of their work. BIM is also attracting support worldwide. Today, […]

Tallest tower to be built in Pakistan, claim developers

Tallest tower to be built in Pakistan, claim developers

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Just as we were getting used to the idea of the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah relieving the Burj Khalifa of its short-lived crown as the World’s tallest building, news emerges that Abu Dhabi Group is planning to top them both as part of an investment of some $45 billion in several Pakistani cities. The proposed […]

Architects appointed for Kingdom City project

Architects appointed for Kingdom City project

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Two architectural practice have been appointed to carry out masterplanning for the $20 billion Kingdom City project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Kingdom Holdings, the firm owned by Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal has appointed US-based Calthorpe Associates as lead masterplanner for the 5.3 million square metre development, while Gulf based Godwin Austen Johnson has been named urban […]

Industry collaborates on revised Design Review guidance

Industry collaborates on revised Design Review guidance

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New guidelines aimed at ensuring the consistency and quality of advice offered by design review panels across the UK have been published by the Cabe team at the Design Council in collaboration with the Landscape Institute, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA). Welcoming the launch of the revised […]

UK government to ban tax cheats from winning public sector work

UK government to ban tax cheats from winning public sector work

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The UK Treasury yesterday announced new rules that would mean that it can ban firms who avoid tax illegally from winning public sector contracts. The new system will come into force as early as April 1 of this year, leaving little time for consultation and are outlined in draft guidance published for consultation by the Government. It will require […]

Long awaited plans submitted for Smithfield development

Long awaited plans submitted for Smithfield development

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The controversial and long-awaited plans for the redevelopment of the derelict sections of Smithfield in London have been submitted by Henederson Global Investors.  While the existing meat market will remain untouched, the £160m plan for the rest of the site includes the refurbishment of the former General Market, Fish Market and Red House Buildings, as well […]

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