With lockdown over and COVID-related restrictions easing, the construction and architectural sectors are striving to get back on track to meet fast-approaching Government targets. Having momentarily veered off route thanks to pandemic hindrances, such as social distancing on sites and in practices, industry redundancies and furloughed staff, many are turning their attention to these roadmaps once again as business-as-usual statuses are reinstated. To name a few, these reforms include the net-zero-by-2050 plan, the ban on gas boilers by the year 2025 and following our PM Boris Johnson’s statement to “build, build, build”.
With so much change across the built environment and such disruption to the globe, it can be challenging to know where to start. In this month’s issue, we’ve talked to Miguel Aguado, Marketing & Technology Manager at Lutron, about the areas we should be investing in first to achieve the Government’s net-zero targets by 2050 as we follow Boris’ further advice to “build back better”. Here, Miguel looks at how technology is tangled up in forthcoming revisions. Here, he describes how the construction industry is stuck in the past when it comes to the adoption of technology and consumer behaviour and explains why smart lighting systems are ideal for “dramatic and effective change” as we work towards these net-zero goals. Turn to page 28 to read the full article.
Elsewhere in this issue, we catch up with ROCKWOOL’s Head of Product Management, Paul Barrett, as he looks at the future of Part L of the Building Regulations, Christian Engelke, Technical Director at Viessmann UK, runs through the five key elements that are often overlooked when specifying heating systems for commercial buildings, and we interview Architect David Kirkland, Founder of Kirkland Fraser Moor, to find out more about his path to owning his own architecture firm.
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3deluxe has been commissioned by New York-based organisation #WeThePlanet to develop a concept for The Ark, a building that investigates how to reshape our cities.