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October 29, 2021

Knight Property Group’s £20 million transformation of 4-5 Lochside Avenue sets a new benchmark for sustainability credentials at Edinburgh Park

Knight Property Group has just completed the comprehensive £20 million redevelopment and refurbishment of 4-5 Lochside Avenue in Edinburgh Park. The 43,000 sq ft pavilion-style building achieved practical completion this week and sets the standard for sustainable office redevelopment in Edinburgh Park, offering open-plan Grade A office accommodation, ranging from

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Atalian Servest wins Scottish Police Authority deal

The global FM service provider has secured a contract with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) to provide hard FM services across its property portfolio. The new appointment will see Atalian Servest deliver a full range of hard FM services across 450 buildings and 450,000 square metres of infrastructure. The services

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Quintain uses Zutec to digitally deliver landmark Wembley Park Development

Multi-award-winning developer and asset owner/manager Quintain has played a central role in the urban regeneration of Wembley, North West London, undertaking construction and management of the UK’s largest build-to-rent development, the Wembley Park Estate. Requiring a quality digital partner for the 8,500 home estate, which includes 6,044 Build-to-Rent homes to

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Celebrating construction and facilities management award successes

This month, DIO and our industry partners are celebrating several successes in prestigious award schemes across the British construction and facilities management sectors. At the 2021 Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) Impact Awards, our partners Mitie and Sodexo were recognised for their delivery of hard and soft Facilities Management (FM) services which are making a real

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Bellway Welcomes First New Residents in Ewell

Bellway Welcomes First New Residents in Ewell

The first residents at Bellway’s Buckthorn Grange development in Ewell have moved into their new homes. The housebuilder is transforming the site, formerly part of neighbouring Epsom and Ewell High School, into a new residential community. The development, off Scotts Farm Road, will eventually comprise 161 new homes, including 65

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Kent Housebuilder Reports High Demand for New Homes

Kent Housebuilder Reports High Demand for New Homes

The housing market has remained strong in the South East of England over the last 18 months, with demand from homebuyers at an all-time high, according to Kent housebuilder Jones Homes. And this is backed by Nationwide’s latest house price index, which revealed that UK house prices are now 13

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5 Quick Fixes to Add Over £40k to Your Property Value

5 Quick Fixes to Add Over £40k to Your Property Value

Selling the old to move onto the new can feel like a painfully long task, but what if there was a way to speed this up? Research suggests the average UK home selling times take 4.2 months on average from first day of marketing to legal completion. When you’re looking to start a new chapter

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Major Shift in UK Consumers’ Home Living Priorities

Major Shift in UK Consumers’ Home Living Priorities

A new study reveals that almost three quarters (74%) of UK consumers look at their home living differently now than they did 18 months ago, with technology and sustainability two of the areas that matter most to them. The research, commissioned by Samsung Electronics UK, explores the changing attitudes of

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4 Tips On Choosing A Residential Construction Design Software

Whether you’re an entrepreneur specializing in residential homes or you want to build a family home, having good design software is indispensable. Every architect understands that designing an impressive house isn’t an easy task. The design of a house takes a lot of imagination and reimagination. However, the help of

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3 Ways to Reduce Air Pollution at Suburban Construction Sites

Research suggests that 56 percent of the cancers in men related to professions occur within the construction industry. And those working at the construction sites are usually more exposed to life risks and health hazards.  Air pollution at construction sites is one of the main reasons behind such health problems.

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October 29, 2021

Knight Property Group’s £20 million transformation of 4-5 Lochside Avenue sets a new benchmark for sustainability credentials at Edinburgh Park

Knight Property Group has just completed the comprehensive £20 million redevelopment and refurbishment of 4-5 Lochside Avenue in Edinburgh Park. The 43,000 sq ft pavilion-style building achieved practical completion this week and sets the standard for sustainable office redevelopment in Edinburgh Park, offering open-plan Grade A office accommodation, ranging from 14,000 to 43,000 sq ft, configured over three floors. Knight took the decision to comprehensively remodel, redevelop and refurbish the building rather than demolish it, thus supporting a ‘RetroFirst’ approach to provide fossil fuel free, zero direct emissions office accommodation, aligned to Net Zero targets and Scottish Government ‘New Build Heat Standards’. It has also achieved UK Green Building Council 2025-2030 interim targets for operational energy use. The building is the only all electric newly completed development in Edinburgh at present and features a host of sustainability and well-being enhancements, including EPC ‘B+’ rating, all electric air-conditioning delivered via air source head pump technology, 100% ventilated fresh air delivered to the working environment, solar PV panels mounted on the roof, electric car charging points and intelligent LED lighting on all floors. With workforce health and wellness firmly in mind, it has achieved best practice in terms of ‘Wellness’, offering  a safe and secure, Covid-friendly, green and sustainable environment that also features 60 bike spaces with maintenance facilities. James Barrack, Founder and Chairman of Knight Property Group said: “Our original vision was to redevelop the building to an extremely high standard, offering occupiers a contemporary and modern working environment, but crucially all set within a highly sustainable and net carbon neutral office. “We are totally committed to take action on climate change and sustainability and this is embedded in the core culture of our business and at the heart of all our developments. “4-5 Lochside Avenue is one of the strongest buildings in Edinburgh Park and achieving completion and delivering it during the pandemic is a significant milestone and we are very proud of the sustainable standards it has achieved.” Cameron Stott, Director of JLL added:  “Sustainability and wellness are quite rightly now pre-requisite requirements for occupiers and Knight really grasped and embraced this agenda throughout the development of 4-5 Lochside Avenue. “It is now one of the strongest and most sustainable properties in Edinburgh Park and we anticipate strong occupier demand for the space.” Angela Lowe, Senior Director of CBRE agrees: “We anticipate that 4-5 Lochside Avenue will be an attractive prospect for many occupiers due to the high specification, strong environmental credentials and excellent connectivity. “With immediate access to ‘The Lawn’, an attractive landscaped space and plentiful fresh air, there is ample opportunity for staff to prioritise their health and well-being.” 4-5 Lochside Avenue was originally purchased in January 2020 from LaSalle Investment Management and sits on a three-acre site in the heart of Edinburgh Park. It offers excellent access to various means of public transport, with multiple bus routes and Edinburgh Park Central tram stop being less than three minutes walk away, linking to the city centre and Edinburgh International Airport. With 11 dedicated electric car charging points and 234 dedicated car parking spaces, it provides excellent connectivity, with immediate access to the City bypass (A720), which in turn connects with Scotland’s motorway network. Edinburgh Park is home to 7,000 employees with surrounding occupiers including JP Morgan, Regus, HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland. Edinburgh Park benefits from good local amenities, including the Gyle Shopping Centre and Hermiston Gait Retail Park. JLL and CBRE are letting agents for Knight Property Group at 4-5 Lochside Avenue. Further information on can be found at: https://knightpropertygroup.co.uk/development/4-5-lochside-avenue/ The main contractor on this project was Clark Contracts and the architect was Space Solutions. M&E design was provided by Troup Bywaters & Anders, QS and contract administrator services were provided by Axiom and the structural engineer was Christie Gillespie.

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Atalian Servest wins Scottish Police Authority deal

The global FM service provider has secured a contract with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) to provide hard FM services across its property portfolio. The new appointment will see Atalian Servest deliver a full range of hard FM services across 450 buildings and 450,000 square metres of infrastructure. The services provided include M&E, HVAC, capital projects and an inclusive package of compliance services such as pest control and fire safety management. Commenting on the new contract award, Steve Wallbanks, Chief Operating Officer, Hard Services, at Atalian Servest, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this prestigious contract, building on our proud heritage and track record within Scotland. We look forward to delivering a seamless transition of service and are committed to providing a sustainable service, which provides a high standard of technical engineering, compliance management and customer satisfaction.” The contract will commence on 1 December 2021.

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Quintain uses Zutec to digitally deliver landmark Wembley Park Development

Multi-award-winning developer and asset owner/manager Quintain has played a central role in the urban regeneration of Wembley, North West London, undertaking construction and management of the UK’s largest build-to-rent development, the Wembley Park Estate. Requiring a quality digital partner for the 8,500 home estate, which includes 6,044 Build-to-Rent homes to be managed by Quintain Living, it chose Zutec. A leading asset lifecycle information and construction management software provider, Zutec has been involved in a number of key revitalisation projects in the area, including Wembley Stadium. Zutec’s powerful technology was originally used by Quintain to review all Wembley Park’s BIM models and building information across site, to improve its knowledge of the development and be able to run it more effectively. However, the scope of work quickly evolved… An ambitious project to realise responsibly-built homes Commencing in 2005, Quintain’s highly-anticipated, and widely publicised, Wembley Park Estate is UK’s largest build-to-rent development, and a central part of the redevelopment of the Northwest London Suburb where it’s located. This new housing project, set to provide over 6,000 build-to-rent homes managed by Quintain Living, is the latest phase in a transformation project which is set to revitalise the central Wembley area. Zutec had already been involved as the construction management technology partner for the neighbouring Wembley Stadium project. Knowing the site well,it  made them a natural partner for Quintain. Further, Quintain’s Irish team had successfully worked with Zutec on other projects so a relationship was already there on which to build. Zutec delivers data accuracy according to an evolving brief Originally brought on in 2018, Zutec was commissioned by Quintain to review Wembley Park’s BIM models and building information across site. The Quintain team were impressed with the platform’s seamless functionality in its ability to collate massive amounts of data, align information to standards and regulations and categorise it according to audience. As a result, Zutec’s role would soon evolve to cover the full-lifecycle Asset Information Management (AIM) of the development. Protecting assets through information gathering Zutec was also asked to support Quintain’s objective to provide a comprehensive system for ongoing facilities management of the development. As the ongoing owner and asset manager, it was crucial Quintain delivered complete, accurate records of the construction journey to the estates team at handover. With mountains of paperwork, drawings and certifications to log, it’s a big job, but essential, to trace back every single component within the building and how it’s been installed, tested and inspected ahead of handover. The estates team would need an exact digital twin of the whole complex, codifying what materials and construction methods were used across the interior and exterior, from the apartments themselves, to the landscaping around it. Without this vital information the facilities management would immediately be compromised, exposing the asset owner and end-user to multiple-risks. Building relationships Quintain is the ongoing owner and asset manager of the majority of Wembley Park’s residential developments, so a highest-quality, seamless and meticulous O&M handover is crucial. Zutec’s proprietary document control and asset information management (AIM) platform has been central to delivering this ambition. Specifically, working closely with Quintain, the Zutec team has created bespoke rules with the AIM platform of how building information is recorded, how it’s stored, presented and archived for ease of use. This makes it easy to digest for the estates team, so they can operate according to exact requirements, giving essential peace of mind. Improving working practices and de-risking the built environment Zutec’s digital AIM tools not only improve working practices across construction, handover and future RMI, it will also drive an improvement in the quality of building inspections. This makes the 24/7 facilities inspection protocol a pain-free experience, and reporting can be logged instantaneously through a smart device synched to the platform with a dedicated app. It will also be essential to the smooth and seamless management and delivery of the scheduled renovation cycles, as well as undertaking refurbishment and refinishing between tenant leases. At a human level, Wembley Park is a perfect example of a development designed, built and handed over according to a new, more responsible and accountable way of doing business. A Holistic Solution Commenting on the project, and Zutec’s role Quintain’s Information Manager Craig Stevens, says: “Asset owners and managers, and residents for that matter, rightly want to know what’s gone into the building of their property, how it was built, how it will work and how it will be maintained. It’s crucial for compliance and de-risking the asset. This requires forensic and comprehensive information gathering, and management, throughout the planning, design, and journey to create a fit-for-purpose handover to be used for correct ongoing O&M.” To find out more about Zutec’s advanced digital systems and its work within the residential sector click here.

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Celebrating construction and facilities management award successes

This month, DIO and our industry partners are celebrating several successes in prestigious award schemes across the British construction and facilities management sectors. At the 2021 Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) Impact Awards, our partners Mitie and Sodexo were recognised for their delivery of hard and soft Facilities Management (FM) services which are making a real difference to our Defence customers. Meanwhile, two major construction projects which DIO has played a key role in delivering came top of their categories at the 2021 British Construction Industry Awards and National Environment Agency Awards respectively. Sodexo’s services at Village, Worthy Down Our partners Sodexo won the Workplace Experience category of the IWFM Impact Awards for the soft FM services they are providing for personnel at Worthy Down Station, Hampshire. Working closely with DIO and our military partners, Sodexo has created ‘Village’, a one-stop catering, retail and leisure facility which has been developed to improve the lived experience of service personnel. The facility was designed with a strong focus on wellbeing and includes a social and meeting lounge, a micro theatre and a gaming area to bring people together and encourage engagement and collaboration. With a ‘high street’ feel, Village has been specifically designed to meet the needs and expectations of the young student demographic at Worthy Down, and is an excellent example of how DIO is working with our partners to meet the current and future needs of Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force personnel. Facilities management support to Permanent Joint Operating Bases (PJOBs) DIO and Mitie won the Collaboration category of the IWFM Impact Awards, for the provision of facilities management services to British Forces Permanent Joint Operating Bases (PJOBs). Through the PJOBs Infrastructure Service Provider (ISP) contract, DIO works with Mitie and our supply chain partners to deliver facilities management services across four sites of key strategic importance: Ascension Island, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus and Gibraltar. The services provided range from ground and airfield maintenance, to accommodation and Nuclear and marine support. Operating in locations as remote as Ascension Island and the Falklands brings unique logistical and climatic challenges. To overcome these, our partnership with Mitie involves collaborative working behaviours which the judges recognised as leading the way amongst the central government and Defence community. The Northern Ammunition Jetty refurbishment project At the British Construction Industry Awards, DIO and VolkerStevin won the Upgrade and Renewal Project of the Year for the refurbishment of the Northern Ammunition Jetty in Glen Mallan, Scotland. The project, which was also awarded Best Infrastructure Project at the 2020-2021 Scottish Civil Engineering Awards, is vital to the Royal Navy’s £7bn Queen Elizabeth Carrier (QEC) programme and will help to keep our country safe for decades to come. The work included upgrades the jetty structure as well as the installation of new infrastructure, all of which will support the Royal Navy’s surface fleet and aircraft carriers in loading and unloading ammunition. In delivering the project ahead of schedule against the backdrop of challenges including harsh winter weather conditions and Covid-19, DIO and VolkerStevin set a new benchmark for collaborative working on complex Defence maritime projects. The Hythe Ranges Sea Defences project The Hythe Ranges Sea Defences project, a joint initiative between the Environment Agency (EA), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), DIO and local authorities, won the EA 2025 Award at the National Environment Agency Awards. The judges were impressed by the collaborative approach between DIO, the Environment Agency and partners, which was key in delivering the vital improvements to coastal flood defences in the area between Hythe and Dymchurch on the south Kent coast. Most of this land is owned and operated by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) as a live firing range, but the renovation work has also reduced the risk of flooding to 1,000 properties and protected critical local infrastructure. A huge congratulations to all of our partners and suppliers whose hard work for the benefit of the UK Armed Forces has been recognised in awards this month. The breadth of winning projects is a testament to the scope of work that DIO and our industry partners are constantly delivering for Defence across the hard FM, soft FM, construction and environmental sectors.

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Bellway Welcomes First New Residents in Ewell

Bellway Welcomes First New Residents in Ewell

The first residents at Bellway’s Buckthorn Grange development in Ewell have moved into their new homes. The housebuilder is transforming the site, formerly part of neighbouring Epsom and Ewell High School, into a new residential community. The development, off Scotts Farm Road, will eventually comprise 161 new homes, including 65 affordable homes. Two showhomes recently opened at the development. “The first completions at Buckthorn Grange mark a key moment in the scheme as the site begins to move from a construction project into a new community of residents. It’s always great to see the first residents settle into their homes at a new development and we are now looking forward to welcoming more buyers in the coming months. Building work is continuing to progress well at Buckthorn Grange and there are still homes available to purchase, along with a collection of apartments that are available with the Help to Buy scheme,” said Daniel Williamson, Sales Director for Bellway South London. Buckthorn Grange is a mix of two and three-bedroom houses and one and two-bedroom apartments. The showhomes are the three-bedroom semi-detached Mason and Drover house types – both of which have a garage, private rear garden and en-suite master bedroom. The Mason has a spacious open-plan kitchen, dining and family room, a utility room and a separate living room, while the Drover has an open-plan living/dining room and separate kitchen – both homes providing examples of different layouts available at Buckthorn Grange. “The construction work at Buckthorn Grange will be completed in 2023, but this development is more than just delivering much-needed new homes to Ewell. As part of the planning agreement, we are also supporting Epsom and Ewell High School through financial contributions, which will greatly benefit the future generations of the Epsom area,” Daniel added. There’s currently a range of one and two-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom houses for sale at Buckthorn Grange, with prices starting from £322,950.

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Kent Housebuilder Reports High Demand for New Homes

Kent Housebuilder Reports High Demand for New Homes

The housing market has remained strong in the South East of England over the last 18 months, with demand from homebuyers at an all-time high, according to Kent housebuilder Jones Homes. And this is backed by Nationwide’s latest house price index, which revealed that UK house prices are now 13 per cent higher than before the pandemic. Jones Homes has experienced a surge in sales at its developments across Kent – including locations such as Lenham, Marden and Eastchurch – during this period of extraordinary growth. The temporary stamp duty holiday, which was brought in by UK chancellor Rishi Sunak last July, was a key benefit in boosting home sales – but the housebuilder says that changing home preferences – including the rise in homeworking – have also contributed to the boom in new sales and stimulated the housing market. “As house prices continue to rise – up 13 per cent over the last year and a half according to Nationwide – it’s clear that the housing market isn’t due to slow down anytime soon, despite the end of the stamp duty holiday,” said Sara Stanhope, Sales and Marketing Director for Jones Homes Southern. “When it comes to finding a new home, many buyers’ priorities shifted during the pandemic. In addition to an increased demand for home working spaces, one of the most common changes we’ve seen is that more customers seek green open space and countryside on their doorstep – which is what has attracted many buyers to our homes. “The fact there’s also been significant relocation out of London has also caused a boom in the local property market. We’ve welcomed many buyers from South East London postcodes to our Kent developments, who want more for their money and better access to the countryside – while still benefitting from the excellent commuter links available in this part of the world,” Sara concluded. Kent housebuilder Jones Homes is currently building at developments across Kent, including in Lenham, Hoo St Werburgh, and Minster.

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5 Quick Fixes to Add Over £40k to Your Property Value

5 Quick Fixes to Add Over £40k to Your Property Value

Selling the old to move onto the new can feel like a painfully long task, but what if there was a way to speed this up? Research suggests the average UK home selling times take 4.2 months on average from first day of marketing to legal completion. When you’re looking to start a new chapter of your life, you can make the process quicker and add more property value with these fixes. Look after the details  Make sure that any cracks are fixed in window frames or walls. Cracks in walls can knock £9.49k off your home, while no double glazing knocks off £9.14k.  Fixing this is often simple, so before you call in professional help, check the cracks in your wall to see if it’s something you can mend yourself. If the cracks are less than 5mm, then you can use filler to sort them out and get your walls looking great again.  Property value added: £18.63k  Introduce popular trends  Keeping your décor up to date can add up to £8.85k to your property, so having a home that brings visitors a sense of joy will massively benefit the sales process. Ways to do this are simply by introducing modern trends that are universally liked. One way to do this is going for Scandi-inspired style; neutral colours, house plants full of life, and occasional moments of colour around the property that create a homely feeling which visitors will love. It’s an environment where people can easily picture their own design choices.  If you want to go one step further, then try dried flowers – a bold yet minimalist interior design trend that brings a feeling of edge and character to a living environment without it feeling too over the top.  Property value added: £8.85k  Look after your garden  Over lockdown, the demand for outdoor space has gone up significantly. In fact, 64% of UK residents say they wouldn’t buy a home if it didn’t have outside space. While this isn’t a dealbreaker, if you do have an outdoor space, look after it; it could be the difference in securing the deal or losing it. 30% of UK residents also said that when looking to buy a home, they place more value in the garden than the inside space. Lockdown brought out the nation’s inner gardeners with 39% getting more into gardening over the past year, so having a space where they can plan a new project is going to be important, and one factor that could make buyers favour your property over others. Property value added: Up to 5% of property value  Cleanliness is key  It’s obvious, but a clean house is always going to be preferred to a messy one. With 43% of UK residents saying they would only arrange a viewing for a clean property, a messy home will be detrimental to the sales process. 61% of UK residents also said that they would put in a lower offer on a property if it wasn’t clean when they viewed it, so keeping tidy is an absolute must.  Look at your property with a critical eye; what could visitors be put off by? Mess and clutter can knock £9.29k off a property, so the cost of fixing this is inherently worth more than leaving it to new occupants.  Property value added: £9.29k  Paint for profit  Scuffed paintwork and marked walls can take £9.25k off a property, so don’t hesitate to give the walls a fresh lick of paint. Stick to neutral colours such as white, light grey, and natural wood, which are the most popular three colours that attracted buyers. However, going dark with your paint choice can prove to be detrimental. A comparatively small 8% of buyers were attracted by light blue and black, while 5% were attracted by light brown and dark blue, so keep it light and neutral.  Property value added: £9.25k  In total, you can add a huge £46k to your property value by following these simple tips. Getting a home sold quickly is many sellers’ dreams, so take the opportunity to make some extra cash while you’re doing it. The steps are simple, but too often overlooked.

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Major Shift in UK Consumers’ Home Living Priorities

Major Shift in UK Consumers’ Home Living Priorities

A new study reveals that almost three quarters (74%) of UK consumers look at their home living differently now than they did 18 months ago, with technology and sustainability two of the areas that matter most to them. The research, commissioned by Samsung Electronics UK, explores the changing attitudes of Brits – from homeowners, renters and students – towards their homes and what they most want from their living spaces. The Samsung-led research surveyed 2,000 UK respondents on their opinions towards their properties, to understand how they’ve evolved during the pandemic, and their attitudes to the importance of key topics such as technology, sustainability, and wellbeing in their living spaces. Smart technology Very apparent from the research was an increasing desire for homes to be digitally connected – with smart technology becoming more and more prevalent to people’s needs. More than seven in every ten Brits (71%) consider having a digitally connected property important to them because it saves them both time and effort. This matches up to the two thirds of Brits (66%) who already have smart technology in their homes, for use primarily in entertainment systems (51%) and smart amenities such as energy meters, doorbells and security cameras. This number is likely to increase, with a whopping three quarters (75%) of people agreeing that smart home living technology is the future of property development. Sustainability Greener homes and environmental impact are now sitting near the very top of Brits’ property priorities – more than three quarters of those surveyed (77%) think that having a sustainable home should be a priority for everyone. Property developers and construction groups also need to be considerate of ‘green reputation’ too, with 73% of respondents now analysing a development’s sustainability credentials (company credentials, and the credentials of the property itself) to be important when considering where to live. Meanwhile, almost four in every five Brits (79%) now consider how green and environmentally friendly their property is – as well as impact on the local environment – as a priority. But technology can play a big role in helping residents be greener, with three quarters of the UK (75%) thinking smart tech is important when it comes to home sustainability through measuring usage, saving money and helping people change habits to live more sustainability. Home living priorities A clear finding from the survey indicates that the pandemic has impacted how the majority of people view our current living space – with a significant 74% of Brits suggesting that how they see their property now has changed as a result of the last 18 months. The big drivers behind this change for most people focused on three key areas: a desire for somewhere with outdoor space such as a garden, balcony or rooftop; the need for somewhere bigger; or wanting more natural light, a separate office space, or somewhere more flexible to their needs. At the same time, the last 18 months have had a big impact on long-term property visions for many. 64% of renters say their plans have changed as a result of the pandemic – they now are considering buying (23%), planning to buy a property sooner than planned (19%), and some are even considering renting for longer (22%). Meanwhile, 52% of homeowners suggested their longer-term property plans have also changed as a result – with wanting to sell their property and buy a new one (22%), buying another property to rent out (12%), or buying a second home for themselves (11%) the main changes. Students in accommodation have been similarly impacted, with over a fifth (22%) now realising their accommodation isn’t suitable for long-term living at all. “With the rise in remote and hybrid working, and a blending of the spaces where we work, live and play, it’s no surprise that how we look at our homes has changed significantly over the last 18 months. More time at home has shone a spotlight on how crucial technology is to our lives and gave us a chance to focus on how we can all be a bit greener too,” said Murtaza Bukhari, GM – Strategic Enterprise Partnerships Samsung Electronics UK and Europe. “Property developers, construction firms and designers all need to listen closely to demand and create spaces that are smarter, more energy efficient, powered by tech and influenced by residents’ priorities.” Samsung collaborates with partner organisations across the construction and private residential sectors to help shape the properties of the future. Together, with brands such as Etopia, Future Generation, Moda and Quintain, Samsung is creating smarter, more connected spaces that are powered by technology. Spaces that are inspired by those who live, work, play and invest in them.

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4 Tips On Choosing A Residential Construction Design Software

Whether you’re an entrepreneur specializing in residential homes or you want to build a family home, having good design software is indispensable. Every architect understands that designing an impressive house isn’t an easy task. The design of a house takes a lot of imagination and reimagination. However, the help of outstanding residential design software can simplify your work. Furthermore, you may not need construction design software to design a house from the foundation up. Maybe what you need is to remodel your floor and give it a new look. Suppose you’re planning to sell your house. In that case, you may need to import plans for remodeling your floor from design software. Having a new floor in your house may help upsell or improve leads conversion when you stage it online. If you’re new in the construction career or you’re a student who’s wondering how to go about getting a suitable construction design software, here are essential tips for you:  1. Choose Between An Online Software Or One Installed On Your Computer  If you’re an individual who’s always on the move, online software might be the best bet for you. Besides, you can access this software from any computer. What you need is stable internet and a laptop. If you need to visit one of your clients from their office, you may go ahead and use your laptop from their office. Some benefits of online design software include:  The software is updated from a central place. Therefore, there’s no need to download and install regular updates to have the latest version.   Additionally, online construction design software can be used with any operating system, whether Windows or Mac. As a result, when you change your computer, you can log in to your account and continue with your work without starting from scratch. You can work from anywhere using multiple computers. You only need to log into your account with your password and access your already saved work. You can save on the expenses of powerful electronic devices. In essence, you don’t need a computer with the latest graphic card and a significant memory for running the construction design software. Moreover, such computers need regular upgrading to match the latest design of the program. Thus, online software might be an excellent money-saving plan for you. 2. Confirm Whether You Have Photorealistic 3D Renderings The photorealistic 3D rendering of the exterior and interior of a house is a feature that can excite your clients. It shows them how the building project will look like even before it’s built. It’s possible to convince and win them with this fantastic feature. As a result, you can go for software with more advanced features that help manage light to cast excellent shadows and textures. With these features, your home design looks like a real photo. Here are other advantages of photorealistic 3D rendering: It helps your clients visualize their living space and give you feedback on what they’d prefer to be added or removed. More sophisticated software helps you save your viewpoints. Viewpoints are essential when you want to change your materials, layout, and furniture. 3. Get An Easy To Use Software You need a software that’s easy to learn so you can accomplish tasks quickly. Therefore, you can choose to get software that’s tailor-made for home designs only. Such software will have features that are exclusively for drawing house plans.  Easy software to use will take you a few days to learn. On the other hand, software with a difficult learning curve might not be a good option for you.  An easy to learn software may come with the following features:  Available Person To Person Support Before acquiring a specific software, you can check whether they have a support team readily available for a chat or call. Sometimes, when working on projects, you may get stuck and need the help of someone. Here’s where a support agent comes in handy. This helps avoid searching for solutions in online community forums. Access To Tutorials An excellent software will have links to online videos that can help you learn how to use some features fast. Sometimes, it’s easy to learn when watching a video than when reading text. Videos explaining how to design a floor or draw a porch can help you accomplish your work faster. Therefore, check your software to ensure it has a tutorial. Onboarding Call The competition for customers within the construction design software companies is very high. Thus, some companies offer a training call to help you learn design basics with their software to be on your feet fast. An introductory call to the software can save you a big deal of figuring out how to go about the software or reading lengthy procedures. 4. Check For Intuitive Drawing Features  Great software is designed with powerful features for your conceptual design stage. Such features are time-saving as you can design a residential house in a few hours and engage your clients in other matters such as the implementation of the design. Therefore, with construction design software having intuitive features, you can design plans, including doors, windows, and the roof, to generate a house as quickly as possible. Additionally, it should have a capacity for furnishes and a materials section which may come later in the design process for customizing your design. Here are more benefits of embedded intuitive features:  If the house design is highly complex, the system allows adding the roof automatically.   Reuse, duplicate, and resize previous objects.   The 3D plans for the entire house and the floors help your clients see the complete rendering of the actual building. You can customize the colors and measurements of your doors and windows. Wrapping Up With the many construction design software in the market, it can be challenging to choose a suitable one. Hence, this article outlines essential aspects you should look for before buying construction design software. Choose a software tailored for a residential house design that can generate 2D and 3D

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3 Ways to Reduce Air Pollution at Suburban Construction Sites

Research suggests that 56 percent of the cancers in men related to professions occur within the construction industry. And those working at the construction sites are usually more exposed to life risks and health hazards.  Air pollution at construction sites is one of the main reasons behind such health problems. Poor air quality is a common scenario in these sites. The workers at these sites are at great risk of breathing in pollutants, especially the PM10. This pollutant alone can cause respiratory diseases, lung cancer, and asthma. The danger from these pollutants is even more threatening in the suburbs. Take Spokane Valley, the largest suburb in Spokane, Washington, for example. The air quality in Spokane Valley is getting more unhealthy by the day. The suburb’s AQI – Air Quality Index – shows that the air quality in the area is at a moderate level. And it could soon reach a state where it will become unhealthy for sensitive groups.  The air quality data gathered in real-time suggests an increased presence of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide in the air. These gases heavily form at construction sites due to the use of diesel generators and burning fuel. And the fact that Spokane Valley has around 13 major construction projects ongoing in 2021 makes the situation ever clearer – the air is being polluted because of these construction works.  Hence, an effort has to be made to reduce air pollution at suburban construction sites, and here are three ways that can be done. Switch to an Alternative Fuel Construction equipment consumes a lot of diesel. These diesel exhausts, when later released into the atmosphere, act as a big source of PM 2.5 and contain poisonous gases like nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxides. To eliminate these gases, it is important to switch to an alternative fuel. Electric construction equipment is yet to make a big impact. These equipment manufacturers are just getting started on making their machines more efficient, and ready to take on the load at construction sites. In the meantime, it is in our best interest to switch to a more environment-friendly alternative to diesel. Biodiesel is a great alternative to petroleum diesel. Research suggests that using biodiesel will bring down emissions by 74 percent, despite a 10 percent increase in nitrogen oxide emissions. This biofuel will also give your engines slightly more power than traditional diesel fuels.  Most construction equipment can adjust to the biodiesel intake without any sort of modifications. However, the higher-end biodiesel (B99/B100) costs a bit more than normal diesel (around 17 percent more) per gallon. Hence, this is a tradeoff that many project managers have to take into account while ensuring a more environment-friendly construction site. Ensure Proper Waste Management Waste management or minimization starts with project planning. You can divide this into three stages. Firstly, identify the areas where waste is more likely to occur. Secondly, work out the materials that you can reuse or recycle. Finally, prepare a safe waste disposal plan that will let you dispose of the waste in a safe environment, without damaging the suburb’s ecosystem. Also, in the case of demolition jobs, it is better to deconstruct instead of just bulldozing the entire building or structure. That way, not only do you get to recycle some of the materials, and prevent excess waste, but you can also prevent excessive dust in that area.  Protect the Ecological Resources A lot of times, it is seen that construction projects are being undertaken without any concern for the environment, ecosystem, and disrupting biodiversity. In suburbs, these projects are likely to destroy a lot of wild animal habitats, and doing so leads to an ecological imbalance. The protection of these ecological resources has to be ensured during the planning stage of the project. Construction projects have to be planned in a way such that bio habitats are not disturbed. In the case of water bodies, especially rivers, the construction work cannot block or divert the flow of water. This will not only hamper the ecological balance but will also invite natural disasters, like erosions or flooding, in the near future. Once you ensure all these things before, during, and after the construction project, you can reduce waste and environmental damage to a great extent, not only in suburbs but in much larger cities too. The scale of operation will grow bigger with the construction size, and so will the costs. However, this trade-off is necessary if you are doing it to save the environment.

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