The Chartered Institute of Housing have recommended measures for the July 2015 Emergency Budget, saying it is an opportunity for government to take further steps to address the country’s housing supply crisis by building more affordable homes, improving standards for private renters and giving councils more resources to tackle rogue landlords. A new body, the Housing and Finance Institute, backed by the Treasury is to launch in the next few weeks. Its remit will be to help accelerate council house building. EC Harris, in their whitepaper People and Money: Fundamental to unlocking the housing crisis, argues that access to labour and money is more important than planning and land availability.

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and The Centre for Partnership are teaming up to expand the Graduate Employment Mentoring (GEM) programme. The programme currently involves 20 housing associations across the country, providing paid traineeships, developing the housing leaders of the future. The #loveLIVES campaign has reached its target, with £400,000 raised in 50 days to save Building Lives. This means Building Lives can continue to put Londoners through apprenticeships over the next three months and beyond.

A new edition of AD E has been published by DCLG.  This is the 2003 edition incorporating amendments for 2004, 2010, 2013 and 2105. The main changes are an update of the references to standards for schools. There has been no change to Part E of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations (England) 2010. For the time being, Wales will continue to use the original AD E 2010 edition in most cases.

Changes have been made to the Scottish Building Standards sections 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. A copy of the summary of changes to the 2015 Handbooks can be downloaded from the Scottish Building Standards website

CDM 2015 is a practical, concise and handy guide to utilise the new CDM Regulations for architects, as well as contractors, clients and consultants who will need to understand and collaborate with them.

The new representative organisation for the contracting supply chain, a merger between NSCC and UKCG, is to be known as Build UK and will be operational from September. Construction News recently reported that the future of the Construction Leadership Council is being assessed by the government.

An innovative, but simple initiative challenges companies in the construction sector to add just one biodiversity enhancement, either temporary or permanent, on each of their sites, depots or offices. For more info visit http://www.bigchallenge.info/

 

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