Comment on: Paul Finch: Why I'm voting for Brexit
Just spotted this article in the 'most commented' list. To read the comments now is sobering.
Comment on: Material passports: finding value in rubble
An interesting idea definitely worth pursuing, there will be practical and operational hurdles to overcome.
How to make sure what is specified initially actually goes in?- one of the problems we seem to have with quality of construction is that the 'client' is frequently looking to immediately sell on. It generally isn't in their interest to install with higher quality materials if they can get away with cheap and nasty. Maybe the resale value of a buildings materials/components becomes part of the actual building value? I wonder what liabilities might start to accrue on that set of information if it turns out there isn't as much high quality timber, or the insulation installed, isn't what the passport claims.
They do indeed appear to be on the RIBA chartered practice directory on the RIBA website.
Comment on: Brokenshire opens the door to planning fee rise
So presumably once fees begin to rise to cover costs there will follow the opening up of the planning system to private competition?
Subscription housing sounds awful. It seems to be another buzzy way of suggesting that younger generations should be prepared to accept all of the crap disadvantages of renting in the UK, - crap landlords, poor quality living standards, stress and worry about being kicked out if you complain or the moment you have a financial wobble e.t.c. and then it suggests that you will need to share your living space with a bunch of other people who could be just about any form of miscreant you could dream up, - to hell with that. I rented for nearly 20 years and I can confirm that there are very good reasons why people in the UK will pretty much cut their own throat for a chance to buy their own home and not be at the bloody awful whim of landlords. Especially for those who come from the poorer end of the spectrum and so don't necessarily have money available or the leave allowance to sort out an instant house move.
The answer to our housing problems is for Government to start building massive volumes of council homes again and for people to stop trying to find jazzy sounding ways of making the horror of renting into something more palatable.