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Neil Armstrong: Passivhaus and Kier's four guiding principles

In 2019, the UK parliament and Scottish Governments both declared climate emergencies and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is now a sharp focus on building resilient and sustainable communities. This includes the buildings we construct - from how we design and build them to the comfort of occupants and the long-term efficiencies. Here, Neil Armstrong, preconstruction manager & education lead in Kier's Regional Building North & Scotland business, explains more about one building solution; Passivhaus design and shares four guiding principles.

Published 30 March 2021

Dean Ward: Why proptech and fintech need to combine in 2021

Dean Ward, managing director of the DCW Group, a professional residential and commercial development consultancy, outlines the benefits of combining the fintech and proptech markets for the property sector.

Published 30 March 2021

Jamie Dunne: Construction's competition problem

The latest director disqualifications are a reminder to every company in the construction sector of the importance of ensuring that staff understand what conduct will expose their firm to prosecution, writes Jamie Dunne.

Published 23 March 2021

Andrew Little: Adjudication enforcement - a bridge too far?

Andrew Little, senior associate at Burness Paull, discusses the issues surrounding adjudication enforcement.

Published 18 March 2021

John McHugh: The post-Covid demand for housing in Scotland is as enduring as ever

John McHugh, managing partner of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, discusses the state of the Scottish residential market.

Published 17 March 2021

Ian Timlin: Are you ready for adjudication?

Organisations in the construction sector are being warned to expect a rise in the number of adjudications around contracts as government support comes to an end and cash becomes scarce for many businesses.

Published 17 March 2021

Alan Gordon: A second shot in the arm will help get the Scottish property market back on its feet

Alan Gordon, senior partner of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, discusses how the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine will help boost the Scottish property market.

Published 12 March 2021

Sheelagh Cooley: Sustainability is now at the heart of many real estate transactions in Scotland

Early adopters of sustainable practices, including retrofit programmes, may be better placed to reap future benefits, writes Sheelagh Cooley.

Published 8 March 2021

Jim Burberry: Assessing the working capital impact of the Domestic Reverse Charge

Jim Burberry, partner at RSM, comments on the Domestic Reverse Charge which was introduced yesterday.

Published 2 March 2021

Matt Wheelis: Building bridges, not fences

Matt Wheelis, VP industry strategy at the build & construct division of the Nemetschek Group, discusses the importance of open standards for the construction industry.

Published 26 February 2021

Hazel Davies: A splash of colour can be the ultimate mood booster for our homes

Cruden Homes' sales and marketing director Hazel Davies explains the psychology of colour and the effect that has on our home and why, particularly in lockdown, we could benefit from introducing a bit of colour into our home to enhance our mood and wellbeing.

Published 26 February 2021

Rosie Gollan: Building and fire safety regulation post-Grenfell

Rosie Gollan, an Edinburgh-based solicitor at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, looks at the Building Safety Bill and its implications in Scotland.

Published 24 February 2021

Stuart MacPherson: VAT changes in the construction industry

Stuart MacPherson, senior business services manager at Aberdeen-based chartered accountancy firm Meston Reid & Co, gives advice on VAT changes in the construction industry.

Published 23 February 2021

Hazel Davies: How tomorrow’s homes will incorporate green energy solutions

Growing awareness of environmental issues will encourage builders and developers to make new homes ever greener in the coming years and decades. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, identifies four main areas by which tomorrow’s homes will reduce their environmental footprint through innovative green energy solutions.

Published 22 February 2021

Sarah Stone: The practical solutions to the construction industry’s social value problems 

Following SCAPE's report in December which revealed that residents are reporting they don't see community improvements from construction work, Sarah Stone reveals what construction firms can do to not just improve the way they create social value, but do so in a way that also builds economic value for their business.

Published 22 February 2021