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Convertible schools planned


Liverpool council is considering plans to build four secondary schools that can be easily converted into commercial properties if they are are no longer needed. The structures, which are


being proposed in response to the Sebastian James Review on standardisation and cost- reduction, are more usual in airport and sporting facilities, with a detachable interior and modular units that can easily be taken apart and re- assembled. Liverpool council is asking


for help from the private sector, having lost more than £300m in funding when the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme was cancelled last year. It will also raise money through selling land and will apply for education department funding. BSF project director Ron Rampling said: ‘Liverpool has experienced 12 years of falling pupil numbers and now they’re building up again, but in different areas. These models mean that if, for some reason, the population shifts, what you’re left with is not a duff school but a very attractive commercial space. ‘


Five-year plan for BIM development


The government is expected to announce its five-year plan to ensure building information modelling (BIM) becomes an inherent part of the construction sector this month. Chief construction adviser


Paul Morrell spoke about the benefits and challenges of BIM at a roundtable debate, hosted by National Building Specification (NBS) at RIBA’s London headquarters. Morrell also revealed for the first time that BIM is set to apply to government projects worth about £5m, rather than £50m, as previously suggested. ‘There’s a huge gulf between


those who get it and those who don’t,’ said Morrell. Morrell suggested that those


who failed to adopt BIM risked being ‘Betamaxed out’ of the process, adding that the five-year phase-in will allow industry to adapt.


12 CIBSE Journal June 2011


CIBSE leads the way on Part L changes


l A new working group will look at cutting carbon further in non-domestic buildings


CIBSE is leading the non-domestic working group advising the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) and Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) on planned changes to Part L of the Building Regulations. Dr Foroutan Parand, head of building physics at URS/Scott Wilson, is chairing the group, which is made up of a cross-section of industry participants. Part L of the Building Regulations is being used


as one of the measures to achieve the government’s commitment to an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, as contained in the Climate Change Act and elaborated in the UK Carbon Plan. For new buildings, the Part L review is particularly important as it paves the way for zero carbon emissions buildings planned for 2016 (domestic) and 2019 (non domestic) buildings, says CIBSE. The working group will look at the potential to further reduce carbon emissions from new and existing non- domestic buildings within the broader policy constraints set by the coalition government, and will be reporting to BRAC in July 2011 with its recommendations. Dr Parand said: ‘Buildings are responsible for


Foroutan Parand is chairing the group


‘ The challenge is to achieve this without increasing the regulatory cost burden – a true win-win situation for all’


help improve the security of supply as well as reducing energy cost burden on households, businesses and industry. The challenge is to achieve this without increasing the regulatory cost burden – a true win-win situation for all. I am delighted that I have been given this important task at such a crucial time for developing the UK route map to zero emission buildings.’


A full public consultation is scheduled to be launched by CLG towards the end of the year. Parallel groups are looking at domestic standards, compliance and performance, and potential links between the


more than 45% of UK carbon emissions. Reduction of energy consumption in buildings not only reduces their harmful impact on the environment, but will also


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ODA performance ‘game-changing’


The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is setting a fine example on sustainable building standards and should be emulated by the entire construction sector. That is the view of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), which has published a sustainability report that predicts a low carbon Games. The report states: ‘Through the


use of a groundbreaking carbon footprint methodology to inform LOCOG ‘s venue design, choice of overlay materials and procurement strategy, LOCOG has halved one of the largest segments of footprint – more than 100,000 tonnes of carbon emissions avoided.’ LOCOG ‘s chief executive Paul


Deighton added: ‘Not only have they delivered wonderful facilities ahead of schedule and under budget, they have also delivered unprecedented sustainability standards through a rigorous approach involving on-site


teams and management. The ODA’s performance in this area should be game-changing for the construction industry. I look to the government, the mayor of London and construction firms to follow the ODA’s example.’


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