A recent article by NBS lists 14 topics that should be on the radar for the construction industry in 2015, including CE marketing, Code for Sustainable Homes, BIM and of course the forthcoming election.

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has published a new plain English guide to explain how the planning system in England works.

CIOB have published a report detailing Socio-Economic Analysis of the True Value of the Built Environment.

BIS has now published PAS 7000:2014 which is intended to become the standard prequalification process. A copy can be downloaded from the BIS website.

Latest research from RICS reports labour shortages are at an all-time high across all of the main trades climbing to 48%. Engineering UK report 2015 also backs this up, saying “the UK at all levels of education does not have either the current capacity or the rate of growth needed to meet the forecast demand for skilled engineers by 2022.” CITB are hosting a Building Futures’ summit in Westminster on 10 March and are asking for input on how to address the skills shortage in the construction sector. Wilmott Dixon have provided a YouTube video offering career insights as part of the Born To Build campaign, a campaign that aims to engage young people in the construction industry.

Dominic Imrie in his blog summarises the current state of technology in the construction industry, the way it will change and the implications this will have. Innovate UK has launched two research competitions for a total of £6 million. £4 million is available for research into new knowledge for developing innovative products, processes or services for the whole-life performance of buildings.

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