The Built Environment: Stories You Might Have Missed November 2019

Posted by Deltek on December 19, 2019

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With the winter general election just weeks away, November saw many voice concerns on party manifestos and the impact we would see on the built environment sector. The industry warned radical change is needed if we are to hit a zero carbon target. And advice was shared to help firms deal with some of today's top challenges such as risk and talent management. Here are nine stories you might have missed last month:

1. 2050 Zero Carbon Target Won’t Happen Without Radical Change To Construction

The leading trade body representing builders has called on the construction sector and any future government, to act now if they are to meet the 2050 zero carbon target. With construction directly influencing 47% of UK carbon emissions and 61% of UK waste, the sector is a critical part of the radical change needed.

Read the full article here.

2. Cities Are Missing Smart Environmental Opportunities, Says New EIC Report

The report, 'Strategy to reality: Getting smart cities to deliver for the environment', finds that cities face huge challenges to deliver their environmental ambitions. Cities that have recorded 2020 emissions targets though the Carbon Disclosure Project are on average still 47% short of meeting those targets. The report also looks at city recycling rates and air pollution.

Read the full article here.

3. Know Your Risks When Calculating Fees

Calculating fees is absolutely fundamental to running a viable practice. Perhaps the most basic consideration of all is the break-even point. Stephen Brookhouse is keen to remind practices that they cannot have a useful negotiation with a client without knowing this bedrock figure.

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4. Workload Predictions Fall Again: RIBA Future Trends Survey October 2019

Architects' workload predictions fell for the second consecutive month in October 2019, falling from six points to -10. This is the first time since 2012 that the RIBA’s Workload Balance Index has remained in negative territory for two months running.

Read the full article here.


5. RIBA To Politicians: We Are In A State Of Emergency

The RIBA has issued its own manifesto ahead of the general election demanding urgent investment, leadership and new regulation from the next government. President Alan Jones told politicians the nation was facing a state of emergency and that the delays caused by Brexit had gone on long enough.

Read the full article here.

6. Retrofit Work Offers New Architectural Possibilities, Say Latest RetroFirst Backers

As the list of backers in the profession continued to swell, the firms were joined by a trio of practices specialising in heritage work: Purcell, Donald Insall Associates and Edinburgh-based Simpson & Brown. RetroFirst, which was launched at the AJ’s annual Retrofit Awards in September, calls for government action to encourage greater use of retrofit and refurbishment in three key areas: tax, procurement and policy.

Read the full article here.

7. Fit For Retrofit: Three Crucial Questions Architects Should Ask Their Engineer

The climate emergency is now indisputable and the built environment industry must rise to tackle this challenge on many levels. Exploiting the embodied energy within the fabric of our current building stock is fundamental to making a meaningful change and achieving Net Zero by 2050. AKT II director Paul Hutter outlines three questions architects should ask structural engineers before tackling a retrofit.

Read the full article here.

8. Attracting And Retaining The Best Talent Within Engineering

Rebecca King, Emerging Professionals North West, reports from Future of Work Panel Debate where the changes to technology and work changes, and what that means for the future of work, within the Engineering industry.

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9. ACE Pledges To Achieve Net Zero

ACE has joined sister organisation Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), as well as members AECOM and WSP, in becoming the first signatories of Pledge to Net Zero.

Read the full article here.

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