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YOUNG ENGINEERS WANTED FOR SOCIETY’S AWARDS Talented professionals under the age of 35 are being sought by the Society of Public Health Engineers to enter its Young Engineers Award, which is being held in association with WaterAid. Individuals or teams of up to three can enter.


Whitehall and industry push for roll-out of BIM

l New implementation plan to develop building information modelling

Building information modelling (BIM) will be required for all public sector construction projects from 2016, the government has announced. It has formed a ‘client BIM mobilisation and

emissions caused by

energy usage and production were the highest ever in 2010, according to the International Energy Agency. Global emissions are estimated to have reached 30.6 gigatonnes last year, marking a 5% increase on the previous year.

UK NUCLEAR PLANTS GET ALL-CLEAR ON CLOSURE Safety procedures and layouts of nuclear plants will need to be reviewed following the nuclear crisis in Japan, a report from the chief inspector of nuclear installations has found. But inspector Mike Weightman said that there is no need for plants to be closed down.

UMUNNA SHADOWS CONSTRUCTION Chuka Umunna MP is Labour’s new shadow minister for small business and enterprise, following Gordon Bank’s resignation from the post to concentrate on constituency work. Umunna will shadow Mark Prisk, who has responsibility for the construction industry.

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implementation group’ to drive the adoption of BIM across government. A BIM implementation plan has also been developed, details of which were due to be released as CIBSE Journal went to press. The BIM initiatives come under the government’s construction strategy, which was released in May. The strategy indicates that the Cabinet Office will co-

ordinate an initiative to develop standards ‘enabling all members of the supply chain to work collaboratively through building information modelling’. The strategy document says:

‘Government will require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) as a minimum by 2016. ‘A staged plan will be published

with mandated milestones showing measurable progress at the end of each year.’

Gary Ross: Welcomes ‘meeting of minds’

‘ To be able to even organise a meeting of minds such as this, on a topic that is so essential to the future of this industry, was amazing

Separately, an industry discussion group on BIM

has been formed to take forward the idea of a national BIM data library. Gary Ross, who works for consultancy Capita Symonds, chaired the meeting, which, he reports, was attended by about 20 people including seven of the top BIM consultancies in the UK.

‘To be able to even organise a

meeting of minds such as this, on a topic that is so essential to the future of this industry, was amazing,’ Ross said. ‘To get them all to collaborate in

an open and honest way is simply incredible, and I only hope that the momentum that we built up on that day will drive us forward to our common goal of making M&E BIM available to all on a common,

consistent and managed platform.’ Software vendors will also be invited to participate,

in order for the group to understand current developments in the inherent software, and to put pressure on those vendors to work with the group and develop tools that will enable the industry to adopt BIM in a more organised and collaborative way, Ross said.

New code for Green Deal providers

The government has outlined how it intends to protect consumers taking up the Green Deal, The Green Deal will enable

households to borrow up to £10,000 to pay for the upfront costs of energy efficiency works to their homes, paying it back through the savings made on their energy bills. A new code, advice line and

accreditation service for installers are to be created as part of the Green Deal to ensure customers are protected and have a right of redress when works are carried out. The plans were set out by

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ensure assessors and installers adhere to robust standards when participating in the Green Deal. Meanwhile, a ‘progress report’

New deal for home owners

the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in a new document called Consumer Protection in the Green Deal. The accreditation service, UKAS, has been appointed to

on the planned Green Investment Bank (GIB), which will eventually be used to help finance the Green Deal, has been published by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It says that sectors likely to

be eligible for financial help initially include offshore wind, non-domestic energy efficiency and waste. greeninvestmentbank

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