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March 27, 2023

BLUES LAUNCH ‘EVERTON WAY’ AT NEW STADIUM

BLUES LAUNCH ‘EVERTON WAY’ AT NEW STADIUM

Everton has unveiled plans for a major new feature at the site of its new stadium, giving fans the chance to cement their place at Everton Stadium for posterity.  ‘Everton Way’ is a unique walkway on the site of the Club’s new 52,888 capacity stadium that will be paved with

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RED Systems Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Record Year

RED Systems Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Record Year

Wirral glazing firm set to hit £17m in their 20th year in business. Local specialist glazing company, RED Systems are celebrating 20 years in business this month. Founded by Manging Director, Michael Green back in 2003, the firm has grown to become one the most respected and successful specialist glazing

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Council welcomes additional Scottish Government regeneration funding

Council welcomes additional Scottish Government regeneration funding

Additional support totalling £848,123 is being provided from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) for a trio of flagship regeneration projects in the city – The Leith Community Croft, Macmillan Hub  and West Shore Studios – being delivered by the City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with three

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A guide to getting the best value for your new build home

A guide to getting the best value for your new build home

Getting value for money is vital when purchasing a home, whether you’re a first-time buyer or moving up the property ladder. New build homes are a popular choice due to their energy efficiency and low maintenance. With mortgage rates climbing significantly and new builds typically fetching a higher price, it’s

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Building Your Dream Home

The Do’s and Dont’s of Building Your Dream Home

Many people have the dream of constructing their own home from scratch. While building your own home is often more expensive up front, you may save money in time from not having to do repairs or renovations on items in a home that you simply bought. When taking on a

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

March 27, 2023

Baxi supports revolutionary house design platform with prefabricated heating solutions

Baxi supports revolutionary house design platform with prefabricated heating solutions

Baxi has supplied a new range of prefabricated understairs heating solutions to Travis Perkins’ WholeHouse®, an industry-first platform that allows smaller regional housebuilders and developers across the UK to plan and design a complete, bespoke digital model of a house before beginning construction.  Based on the BIM process, the new platform ensures detailed and accurate design, plans and material pricing of developments from the first day. From start to finish, the process can be completed in under an hour, saving weeks of work.  Baxi has supplied over 160 tried-and-tested configurations using its specialist heating range so that WholeHouse users can select the most suitable, fully compliant low carbon heating solution for their properties.   By including Baxi Assure’s ASHP, the platform is future proofed to comply with the Future Homes Standard set to come into effect from 2025. For projects built before 2025 that are more suited to a gas boiler, units are available with the latest and most efficient Baxi Assure combi boilers. Controls and accessories are also available to ensure optimal efficiency in line with latest Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) regulations.   The prefabricated understairs unit provides a quick and easy way to install the system into each property that improves its carbon footprint by reducing waste. WholeHouse platform users can also access Baxi’s design and engineering expertise throughout the project, from initial installation training to final commissioning, to help ensure best performance from the appropriate system.   Nick Platt, Commercial and Marketing Director at Baxi, said: “The WholeHouse platform is a powerful tool for small to medium sized housebuilders, who are under mounting pressure to build new homes quickly while adhering to sustainability requirements. Regional developers using the platform will get access to the very best in efficient heating technologies, and expert support to give them the confidence that their chosen design is fully optimised for the new home.”  Lee Jackson, Director of WholeHouse® said: “We are delighted to be working with Baxi and take great pride in supporting our customers with new value-added services that help them to navigate an increasingly complex construction landscape with new legislation and decarbonisation targets.  “WholeHouse will do just that, and help SME housebuilders, who are the lifeblood of regional property markets, to build better, more sustainable homes quickly and safely, whilst retaining control over the creative design elements and saving time and money.”  The first two homes built through WholeHouse and using Baxi’s air source heat pumps and prefabricated understairs units will be ready by September.  For more information about Baxi’s range of solutions and expertise for the housebuilding sector, visit the Baxi Assure page here. For details of its prefabricated solutions service, visit the Baxi Packaged Solutions page here.  Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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BLUES LAUNCH ‘EVERTON WAY’ AT NEW STADIUM

BLUES LAUNCH ‘EVERTON WAY’ AT NEW STADIUM

Everton has unveiled plans for a major new feature at the site of its new stadium, giving fans the chance to cement their place at Everton Stadium for posterity.  ‘Everton Way’ is a unique walkway on the site of the Club’s new 52,888 capacity stadium that will be paved with engraved stones celebrating Everton’s identity, history and the greatest players to have represented the Club.  And Evertonians anywhere in the world have the chance to join those Club legends to be part of ‘Everton Way’.  From today, fans will be able to purchase personalised individual stones that will be laid on the walkway that runs the length of Everton Stadium’s South Stand; the spectacular single-tier home end that will house 13,000 passionate Blues.  The stones can be personalised to celebrate births, marriages, anniversaries and loved ones – allowing fans to forever be part of the Club’s iconic new home.  The unique design of ‘Everton Way’ will also include stones dedicated to the Club’s greatest players, the Everton Giants, and a celebration of the Club’s key milestones and achievements.  The personalised stones come in a range of sizes, designs and locations, including the opportunity to have your stone located next to an Everton Giant.  With prices starting from just £65, stones can be purchased by individuals, or bought as gifts for a partner, friend, family member, business or supporters’ club.  In addition to having a stone at Everton Stadium – and ahead of installation – supporters will also have the chance to purchase a replica stone.  Presented in an Everton-branded display box, these replica stones offer an additional memento, along with the option of a personalised A4 presentation certificate of authentication.  A priority window for Season Ticket Members, ALL seasonal Members, Goodison Park Hospitality Members and Shareholders to purchase stones on Everton Way is now open, until general sale commences at 1pm on Tuesday, 28 March (UK Time).  Please visit www.Evertonstadium.com/evertonway for details and to cement your place in Everton history.  Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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RED Systems Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Record Year

RED Systems Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Record Year

Wirral glazing firm set to hit £17m in their 20th year in business. Local specialist glazing company, RED Systems are celebrating 20 years in business this month. Founded by Manging Director, Michael Green back in 2003, the firm has grown to become one the most respected and successful specialist glazing contractors in the region. With offices in both Neston and central London, RED Systems work with most of the UK’s leading Tier 1 contractors and national housing developers as well as forging a strong foothold in the MMC sector with leading off-site specialist FP McCann. This partnership has allowed RED to install windows off-site, enabling faster build times and increased efficiencies across the board. As well as this, innovative approaches such as RED’s industry-leading ‘rapid dry envelope’ solution, with windows, SFS and weatherboarding all wrapped up into 1 package to help accelerate traditional programmes have been embraced by major clients. Speaking about the milestone, RED System’s Managing Director Michael Green said: “Since taking our first order by fax 20 years ago, we have remained focused on providing excellence in terms of customer service and invested heavily in ongoing innovation and the development of our team. Our ethos is to ‘create lifetime customers through service delivery excellence’ and we couldn’t do this without our incredible team.” “Marking our 20th Anniversary has also given us the chance to reflect on our key achievements over the years and the clients, colleagues and mentors who helped us on our journey.” Committed to innovation and modern working practices, safety is also very much a key factor for team RED, and the company have been instrumental in developing a number of initiatives to ensure their on-site operations and product quality remain at the very highest levels. Their revolutionary QR code technology has transformed their approach to managing defects and delivering post-installation customer service. Their commitment to embracing digital technology has set a blueprint for the industry. “Here at RED, we have channelled a considerable amount of resource into enhanced CPD provision around the Building Safety Act and are committed to ongoing digital transformation in terms of managing quality, safety, and customer care”, commented Green. “The construction industry is an ever-changing landscape, so whether you have been established for 20, 40 or 100 years, developing is all about adapting, learning, and reacting to market conditions.” With a buoyant forward order book and several landmark projects in the pipeline, RED Systems look set to maintain their growth and continue to make waves in the industry for many years to come. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Siemens launches Connect Box, a smart IoT solution to manage smaller buildings

Siemens launches Connect Box, a smart IoT solution to manage smaller buildings

Siemens Smart Infrastructure has launched Connect Box, an open and easy-to-use IoT solution designed to manage small to medium-sized buildings. Connect Box is a user-friendly approach for monitoring building performance, with the potential to optimise energy efficiency by up to 30 percent and to substantially improve indoor air quality in small to medium sized buildings such as schools, retail shops, apartments or small offices. Connect Box allows users to accomplish essential daily building management tasks from one place via a cloud-based interface with no additional gateway or software. Alarm notifications for potential issues as well as graphics that visualise historical trends provide meaningful insights into the building performance at any time, supporting the optimisation of building operations. Connect Box offers intuitive online access via desktop or smartphone. Installation is fast and easily accomplished via plug and play, so system integrators, technicians and facility managers do not need engineering skills to set up, configure and operate the system. The included library contains more than 500 ready-to-connect field devices and is constantly growing, from both Siemens and third parties. A smart converter supports 11 communication protocols, both standard and proprietary, wired or wireless, including LoRaWAN, BACnet, Modbus and KNX. As an example, the IAQ (indoor air quality) multi-sensor which Siemens has recently introduced, works as a plug and play solution with Connect Box to provide crucial data on room air quality. The multi-sensor measures air quality in real time, checking key metrics like temperature and humidity, CO₂ saturation, VOC and PM2.5 emissions, as well as light and noise level (dBA). Building operators benefit by getting full transparency on air quality in their building and can make sure that they provide a healthy environment for tenants, visitors or staff. Connect Box offers two licensing models. The Cloud license allows users to store their building data in the Connect Box online database, while the On-premise license enables users to easily integrate the data collected from wired and IoT devices into an existing automation system, building management system, or external cloud. Both variants are managed remotely and updated over the air. IoT paves the way to a healthy and zero-emission building stock Even for smaller and medium-sized buildings that have been run without building automation up to now, it is becoming increasingly important to operate in an energy-efficient and climate-neutral way. On the one hand, for intrinsic cost reasons, on the other hand, because more and more regulatory requirements have to be fulfilled which demand sustainable operations. In Europe, for example, the EPBD (Energy Performance for Buildings Directive) is supporting the EU’s goal to achieve climate-neutral building operations by 2050, forcing building owners and operators to take action. From a technical point of view, IoT-based building solutions not only provide what is needed to implement such requirements, they also pay off: Energy and emissions savings of up to 30 percent are possible thanks to Connect Box’s key building management features. For further information on Siemens Building Products www.siemens.co.uk/buildingtechnologies For further information on Siemens Smart Infrastructure, please seewww.siemens.com/smart-infrastructure Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Council welcomes additional Scottish Government regeneration funding

Council welcomes additional Scottish Government regeneration funding

Additional support totalling £848,123 is being provided from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) for a trio of flagship regeneration projects in the city – The Leith Community Croft, Macmillan Hub  and West Shore Studios – being delivered by the City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with three keystone charities. The Leith Community Croft project is transforming a former tennis pavilion at Leith Links into a new multifunctional community hub run by the environmental charity Earth in Common. It will be used for events, training, and promoting local food production and will receive £159,123 of the additional funding. The Macmillan Hub in Pennywell will feature a library, an early years centre, affordable housing, and a new enterprise, workshop, learning and creative studio space to be run by the local charity North Edinburgh Arts. The Hub forms part of the wider strategic regeneration of Pennywell-Muirhouse and will receive £500,000 of the additional funding, to be used to help deliver the creative space. Forming part of the Council’s sustainable regeneration of Granton Waterfront, West Shore Studios will transform a disused 1970s former industrial unit at 20 West Shore Road into a vibrant new creative and community hub that will be operated by the charity Edinburgh Palette. The project will deliver workspaces for artists and micro-businesses along with a new home for the popular Pitt Street Food Market. The project will receive £189,000 of the additional funding towards the renewal of doors and windows along with essential utilities work. Welcoming the news Depute Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council Mandy Watt said: “This funding is very welcome as these projects will play a key role in the ongoing regeneration and enhancement of Granton Waterfront, Pennywell, and Leith in north Edinburgh. The funding will help the projects in their goals to bring new jobs, training courses, and recreation opportunities to the communities of all three areas. I look forward to visiting these projects in future to see how they are benefitting local people in the years to come.” Community Wealth Minister Tom Arthur said: “I congratulate these projects on making progress and supporting jobs, investment and wider opportunities. Regeneration of Scotland’s more disadvantaged communities is a key Scottish Government priority to help transform the economy. This extra Scottish Government funding will help deliver fairer and more prosperous local districts.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Out with the Old: The Benefits of Concrete Demolition for Renovation

Out with the Old: The Benefits of Concrete Demolition for Renovation

As you’re planning a renovation project, it’s essential to consider the impact of your decisions on the home’s structure. One such decision is whether or not to remove concrete floors and walls during your renovation work. Many houses in the US prefer concrete, as air infiltration reduces by 75 percent, apart from other associated benefits. If you remove concrete, many benefits come with this decision, including increased energy efficiency, enhanced aesthetics, avoidance of hazardous materials, and more. What Is Concrete Demolition? Concrete demolition is the process of removing concrete from a structure. Concrete is removed using jackhammers and other tools, which break up the large chunks of concrete into smaller pieces that can be easily carried away. This process allows you to make way for renovations or new construction by removing unwanted materials like old foundations and walls and making room for new additions like windows or doors. According to IBISWorld, the demolition industry revenue is set to grow by CAGR of 1.4% to reach $8.7 billion by the end of 2023. Concrete demolition also helps with safety during construction projects because it reduces the risk of injury due to falling debris when working with heavy machinery on your property. But after the demolition, you will also have to deal with concrete removal. Concrete demolition and removal can be dangerous, as it requires heavy equipment and being in dust for an extended time. Professionals will have the right resources to get the job done in a safe environment. While selecting a concrete removal service provider, consider the company’s experience as it matters the most. Concrete removal is a competitive field; if a company has survived for a long time, it is doing something right. Five Points Excavating has been in the business for over 25 years now. Five Points Excavating has completed around 1,800 projects with a 100% satisfaction rate. It follows a simple 1-2-3 process where it creates a quote, establishes a plan, and executes it in three steps. This has helped the company keep the approach simpler and has proven to be a key part of its success. Benefits of Concrete Demolition for Renovation While there can be numerous benefits based on what you are trying to achieve through concrete removal, here are some common benefits: Removal of Hazardous Materials When renovating, keeping your home safe for you and your family is essential. Concrete demolition can be used for many applications, including removing hazardous materials from the property. Concrete demolition is ideal for removing asbestos. If a building was built before 1980 and still has asbestos-containing materials (ACM), then those ACMs must be removed by professionals trained to handle this type of material safely. Asbestos is a carcinogen that can cause lung cancer if inhaled over long periods or if there is significant exposure through dust or fibers released into the air during removal work done by untrained contractors with poor safety procedures in place. According to Mesothelioma Hope data, at least 30 Americans die daily due to asbestos-related diseases. Concrete demolition also allows homeowners to safely remove lead paint from old buildings without exposing themselves or family members who live in those buildings today, especially children who might play around inside homes where lead paint may still exist on walls or other surfaces throughout them. But if you don’t take proper care during demolition, the lead can enter the air and inside your body. According to a study published in the PNAS journal, over 170 million Americans alive today were exposed to high lead levels in childhood. Loss of IQ is one of the after-effects of the same. Allows Structural Improvements Removing concrete is a great way to add insulation or improve the structural integrity of your home. This can be done by: Increased Energy Efficiency Concrete is a good insulator, which can help keep your home warm in winter and cool during the summer. However, suppose you plan to renovate your house or apartment and remove some existing concrete. In that case, it’s important to know that this will increase energy efficiency. This is because concrete demolition allows for better insulation of the new building materials used during renovation work, and homeowners can save money by improving their home’s energy efficiency. This can also prove beneficial to the environment. According to a recent study published on the NCBI website, changes to concrete production can lead to a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Enhanced Aesthetics Concrete is a versatile material that can be used in many different ways. It’s not just for floors. It can also be used to create walls, countertops, and furniture. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing on its own, concrete has the added benefit of being able to take stain or paint beautifully. If you’re looking for ways to improve the look of your home but don’t want to spend money on replacing all of your old materials with new ones, consider covering up some of them with new coats of paint or staining them instead. Painting over the brick is one way this could be done. Another option would be staining wood floors so they match other parts of the room better than plain wood does on its own. Concrete Demolition Cost The cost of concrete demolition depends on the size of your project. For example, suppose you have a small renovation job, like removing concrete slabs in your backyard and replacing them with pavers or grass. In that case, the cost will be minimal compared to removing and replacing an entire driveway or sidewalk. Concrete demolition costs are also one-time expenses. Once they’re complete, they can’t be repeated unless another project requires it. This makes it a fraction of what it would cost to remove old concrete surfaces and install new ones, which can take months instead of weeks. Conclusion Concrete demolition is a great way to increase your home’s energy efficiency and value. Considering all the options before starting any renovation project is important to know what will

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A guide to getting the best value for your new build home

A guide to getting the best value for your new build home

Getting value for money is vital when purchasing a home, whether you’re a first-time buyer or moving up the property ladder. New build homes are a popular choice due to their energy efficiency and low maintenance. With mortgage rates climbing significantly and new builds typically fetching a higher price, it’s vital that you get your property for the best price and value possible. Here we’ll discuss what you should look for when buying a new build home, including ways you can reduce the price and increase its value in the long run. Compare properties Try and conduct some research and look at other properties in the area to see what the common value and space are. This could be with both older properties and new builds if the information is available. Check the price per square foot of the property and compare it with the resale market. That way you’ll be able to figure out the extent of the premium that you’ll be paying. Look around for deals Developers will often offer incentives to attract buyers as a way of differentiating themselves from other local developers. Look out for things like free parking spaces, free furnishings, upgraded kitchens, etc. Try to negotiate on the price, using any research you’ve done on cheaper properties in the area. You can do this using online sites such as Land Registry and Rightmove. The majority of deals usually take place at the end of the financial year or when there are only a few properties left on the development. If you can’t reduce the price, get them to cover your stamp duty as this will likely save you the most money. Do note that any incentives above 5% can impact the amount your mortgage provider will lend to you. Potential to add value When buying any property, it’s best to see if there’s scope to add value further down the line. This is particularly important with new builds if you plan to sell the house in the future, as they can depreciate in value once you move in. Consider if there’s the opportunity to add a loft conversion, conservatory, or even a landscape garden. You may not be in a place to afford that right now but it could be an option in the long term to attract buyers. Consider the future Future-proof your purchase by considering whether it’ll fit into your long-term plans. Do you expect to stay there for a while? Will your partner move in? Are you planning on having children? You’ll want to be living comfortably for at least a few years if you want to get your investment back or make any money from the property. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Building Your Dream Home

The Do’s and Dont’s of Building Your Dream Home

Many people have the dream of constructing their own home from scratch. While building your own home is often more expensive up front, you may save money in time from not having to do repairs or renovations on items in a home that you simply bought. When taking on a major construction project such as a home build, however, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account ranging from cost, time, and general do’s and don’ts. How Much Does Constructing a Home Cost? In 2022, the average price to construct a home was just shy of $300,000 which included the building, but no interior additions such as appliances or furniture. This price also varies based on location. For example, on the West Coast it may cost you around $131 per square foot to build a home, whereas it may cost you $155 per square foot in the Northeast. This means that to build a 2,000 square foot home, a person on the West Coast could expect to pay around $262,000 whereas someone in the Northeast should expect to pay around $310,000.  Generally speaking, a home construction project can be broken down on a cost basis into a number of categories which include: Specialized home builds may have more that go into them, but the above are some of the most common categories for spend when building a home.  How Long Will It Take to Build a Home? In a perfect world, building a home can take as little as three to six months if all zoning and sites classifications have been met. However, for more complex builds or when certain approvals are required, it can take as long as two years until you are able to complete the build and move into your home. Consult with a contractor regarding how long the construction project will take so that you have an accurate timeline for expectations.  5 Do’s of Home Building As you begin the process of your home building project and are considering services such as professional engineering services or plumbing services for your project, there are a number of important things that all homebuilders should add to their to-do list: All homebuilders need to go into their project with priorities for the build. This will help from a budgeting perspective by allowing you to see where the majority of your funds will end up. To that point, some people may set a kitchen project as being the most important part of their build whereas others may care more about the exterior walls.  All home building projects need to have a budget so that the owner of the new home is not drowning in debt by the end of the project. Create a realistic budget based on what you can afford, and then stick closely to that budget moving forward. To that end, focus on segmenting your budget based on different parts of the home. For example, set a maximum spend limit for the exterior of your home. Then, set limits for the interior spaces of your home such as the kitchen, bedrooms, and more. Finally, set limits for what you are willing to spend on furtniture and appliances in your home.  As you start to think about how you want the interior of your home to be laid out, consider how you will actually use your home. If you are constantly up and moving in the home, an open floor plan may be nice. However, some people may prefer a floorplan that feels more closed off so that rooms are separated more.  5 Don’ts of Home Building While all of the above to-dos are extremely important, there are also certain things a new homebuilder should avoid going into their project:  While choosing the contractor who charges the least for a project can be tempting, it’s not something you want to settle on for a project such as home building. While you may pay a lower cost now, there may be certain repair tasks that pop up in the near future stemming from a poor construction process. If there is anything you should invest more money into for a home build, it’s an accredited contractor.  You can’t build a budget for your home building project if you have no idea what things are going to cost. Reach out to different contractors for appliance costs, service costs, labor costs, and everything in between so that you can have a better understanding of what your total building cost will be.  When starting a home building process, everybody wants the latest and greatest technology and tools to be used in the construction of their home. Keep in mind, however, that these items do not come free. The more complicated your home build is, the pricier the total cost will be. Keep your budget at the top of mind so that you don’t accidentally exceed your maximum spend as you start to get excited with the project.  The bottom line Building a home is a great way to create a place that you will love to live in for years to come. Whether you hope to build a home for the purpose of raising a family or simply to create a roof over your head that you can take pride in, homebuilding is an excellent project. With that said, consider the overall time and cost commitment before beginning your project to determine if homebuilding is something you actually wish to pursue.  Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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