Welcome to the September edition of Planning and Building Control Today – Northern Ireland.

There is a widespread feeling that the housing shortage in the UK can only be properly addressed with the acceptance that building on our green spaces is at least an option. Brownfields can
be subject to contamination or infrastructure constraints that make them too expensive to develop profitably, so where else to build? Amanda Beresford, head of planning at corporate law firm Shulmans, shares her thoughts in this edition on how the twin goals of increasing housing construction and protecting the greenbelt can be reconciled. She asks if the house building plans will eventually lead to a development in the green belt.

Still on the subject of the housing shortage, Dr Tim Fox, a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, argues that another solution to the UK housing crisis (once the land is
secure!) could be in the off-site construction sector. He argues that offsite construction technologies have advanced significantly in recent years and can offer faster construction times, better quality, better energy efficiency, less waste and lower costs for buyers.

I’m really excited to include an exclusive interview with BIM Champion, Dave Philp. Philp recently added another title to his role by becoming Chairman of the BIM Delivery Group for the Scottish Futures Trust. In the interview we discuss how far we have come in integrating BIM into the construction industry, the PAS 1192-5 standard, skills, accreditation and why Scotland needs it. a BIM strategy – detailing how it will be implemented.

In addition to the above, we have some really interesting articles from experts such as Chris Witte, VP BIM4M2, who provide a step-by-step guide on how BIM4M2 helps manufacturers be fit for purpose on their journey. BIM. Raj Chawla, Vice President of BIM4SMEs, also provides an article that analyzes the challenges, issues and benefits that the SME community faces in the BIM process, saying that participation is necessary to gain efficiency.

The Association for Project Safety also contributed an article that sets out how the new CDM2015 regulations apply to maintenance work and self-build projects. Anthony Burd Head of Sector – Construction and Daniel Mansfield Head of Policy Engagement at BSI discuss Cebr’s research on the economic contribution of standards to the UK economy.

Finally, with the expected increase in the number of exceptionally hot summers as the climate changes, more frequent and intense heat waves, and continued construction in dense cities, it will be even more important to consider ways to ensure that our homes remain at comfortable temperatures all year round. . As our climate and hot summers become more likely, the Zero Carbon Hub asks if we should make better use of scheduling systems to help prevent overheating in homes.