In response to the recently launched Procuring for Growth Balanced Scorecard by the government, The CPA has produced new procurement guidance tool. Dr Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive at the Construction Products Association, said “The CPA tool will signpost procurers to the established set of international and European standards, Publicly Available Specifications (PAS’s) and certifications schemes commonly used by the construction product manufacturing sector to measure and report its performance on issues such as environmental sustainability and supply chain management.”

Improving the housebuilding supply chain

Jablite recently hosted a round table asking Is the housebuilding supply chain fit for purpose?

This as many leading housebuilders, such as Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon, have said that they are either planning new developments of pre-fab homes or considering it. Aecom also plan to deliver thousands of prefab homes, further utilising the modular homes factory they are setting up for the Docklands scheme they have recently been appointed to.

Pre-manufacture has the potential to improve quality, while reducing cost and shortening construction times. Our recent Construction Market Report – UK Offsite Manufacture research shows that 77% of respondents expect this sector to grow in the next 12 months.

As Bracknell is rebuilt, the government is planning a series of garden villages and towns. Colin Marrs reports on how planners have learned from the past and are looking to the future. In an article for BIM+ Jason Ruddle writes there is a need for the industry to wake up for the need for speed on housing. Going on to say, when reviewing plans for garden cities “There’s just one thing that niggles, as we observe the flurry of activity. And that’s the estimated 20-year completion deadlines of both initiatives”

The 2010 Consumer Code for Home Builders has been updated, with a number of amendments taking affect from this April.. This as new research published by the British Property Federation (BPF) shows that the number of build to rent homes currently under construction across the UK’s regions is nearly double that to London.

Yet Infrastructure challenges are a major barrier to housebuilding, argues Natalie Elphicke, Chief Executive, The Housing & Finance Institute. She writes about how the challenges must be overcome, introducing the work of the Housing Infrastructure Pilot.

Sustainability, the economy and infrastructure

The Green Alliance has published Industrial strategy fit for the future: perspectives on building a competitive UK economy. This publication has brought together respected thinkers from politics, business, trade unions and academia to give their views on the kind of economy the industrial strategy should be building and the role low carbon and resource efficiency can play.

The Committee on Climate Change have published The infrastructure needs of a low-carbon economy prepared for climate change. This outlines how a successful National Infrastructure Assessment must reflect the twin challenges of deeply reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and of preparing the UK for a changing climate.

Recenlty launched at Ecobuild the new UKGBC guidance outlines the basics of embodied carbon and makes recommendations of how to approach an assessment. To facilitate faster and cheaper Environmental Product Declarations, BRE has launched BRE LINA which is an online Life Cycle Assessment tool which allows the user to enter their data directly into the tool and to generate instant LCA results

As ECO energy reforms come into force BSRIA’s, Tassos Kougionis, outlines the progress made in creating more energy efficient buildings, including the recommendations made in the Bonfield review

And New regulations under the Water Act 2014 open-up a commercial water market for all non-household customers in England to choose their supplier for water and waste water.

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