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Council of Europe adopts revised directive on ‘Energy efficient buildings’

The Council of Europe (COE) has adopted a revised directive on ‘Energy efficient buildings’, aimed at improving ‘energy efficiency in buildings and encourages building renovation’.

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Government consultation response to ‘Improving the use of planning conditions’ now out 

The Government has published its response to the consultation on draft regulations on ‘Improving the use of planning conditions’.

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UK residents can help ‘destress’ cities by mapping quiet spots

An online mapping survey, ‘DeStress’, has been launched by university researchers working to mitigate the negative impact environmental noise has on city dwellers’ health and wellbeing by identifying and preserving places with positive soundscapes.

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Missing the IHBC 2018 School? Prelude 1: Day School programme details now posted – 22 June, QUB, Belfast, including 2018 AGM 

Final programme details and timings for the IHBC’s Belfast Day School, on 22 June – and including the 2018 AGM – are in place, so do check them out, and if you have not yet booked your annual professional CPD-linked … Continue reading

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Interim Raynsford Review report now out: Final consultation on 9 ‘propositions’ continues to 29 June

The Raynsford Review of Planning, set up to identify how the government can reform the English planning system to make it ‘fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes, while still encouraging the production of new homes’, has issued … Continue reading

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Cupar CARS/THI contractor bursaries for traditional building skills training: To £500

Cupar Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme/Townscape Heritage Initiative (CARS/THI) has announced that contractor bursaries of up to £500 are now available for traditional building skills training for apprentices and junior staff. Training for contractors at Hutton Stone quarry in the Scottish Borders

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AHRC highlights Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) opportunities: Education in Conflict and Protracted Crises – closing 24 May 

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has highlighting research networking scheme call concerning the ‘Global Challenge Research Fund’ (GCRF) – exploring ‘the contribution that arts and humanities research can make to education and learning in low or middle income … Continue reading

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BEFS’ update on campaign to improve property maintenance and repair in Scotland 

Director of Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), Euan Leitch, provided an update on recent developments in the ongoing campaign to improve property maintenance in Scotland, including the establishment of a parliamentary working group on the maintenance of tenement communal property … Continue reading

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BREEAM Wiki joins IHBC on DBW: Advancing knowledge sharing and collaborative solutions… for BRE sustainability tools 

BREEAM Wiki has become part of the widely-used Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW), with the object of ‘advancing knowledge sharing and collaborative solutions for the BRE family of sustainability tools.’

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COTAC publishes 2017 ‘BIM for Heritage’ conference abstracts etc: ‘Stepping into the Future with the Past’ 

COTAC has published material from its 2017 conference – BIM for Heritage: ‘Stepping into the Future with the Past,’ on its cotac.global website.

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New GCHT publication ‘Glasgow’s Historic Built Environment: A Snapshot’ 

Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT) has published a brief survey of heritage places and perceptions there , entitled ‘Glasgow’s Historic Built Environment: A Snapshot’, as a baseline of information to provoke ongoing discussions about heritage and the city.

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UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships scheme

Early career researchers in Arts and Humanities are being encouraged to make the most of a ‘transformational opportunity’ for funding that is being offered through UK Research and Innovation, with the submission deadline for the first call of 3 July … Continue reading

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WMF Knoll Modernism prize: Nominations open to raise awareness of modern preservation successes – closing 15 June 

With the support of founding sponsor Knoll, World Monuments Fund(WMF) launched the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize to raise awareness about modern preservation success stories, and nominations are now being accepted for outstanding and innovative design solutions that save modern … Continue reading

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Stoke-on-Trent house ’30in too tall’ risks demolition

The BBC has reported on how a family in Stoke-on-Trent has been told to tear down their new home or spend £200,000 on a new roof after it was found to be 30 inches (76cm) too tall.

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IHBC’s ‘Opinion’ signpost to BEFS: ‘In the Footsteps of Geddes’ – engaging young people with place & heritage 

In an opinion piece for BEFS, Scotland’s link body for built environment bodies, Wojciech Borowski, Project Coordinator at Planning Aid Scotland (PAS), reflects on the two-year Heritage Lottery funded youth project titled ‘In the Footsteps of Geddes’, focussed on engaging … Continue reading

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Minister: England’s newly formed Heritage Council meets up

England’s newly formed Heritage Council, which includes select key players in the heritage sector, has met for the first time, as explained by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DDCMS) and Minister Michael Ellis MP. Contains public sector … Continue reading

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CrowdJustice platform pioneered to ‘crowdfund’ coalition of opposition to Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School hotel plans

Plans for a new hotel on the site of Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School, on iconic Calton Hill, are being opposed by the city and national institutions, but with a new appeal in place following two refusals a coalition of … Continue reading

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Applications open for 2019 Churchill Fellowships, including ‘Rural living’ and ‘… conservation & sustainable living’ – closing 18/09 

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) is now open to Churchill Fellowship applications for travel in 2019, with three new award categories (including Rural living) among the 12 on offer – including Environment, conservation & sustainable living – and with … Continue reading

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120,000 children to benefit from HE’s £1.6M Heritage Schools programme, thanks to HLF

Some 120,000 school children to benefit from £1.6 million investment to continue Historic England’s (HE) award winning Heritage Schools programme for the next two years so children can create films and exhibitions and campaign for war memorials, teachers can be … Continue reading

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Historic England Angel Awards 2018 open 

Historic England Angel Awards, started by Andrew Lloyd Webber, are open for applications and this year, as Wales joins England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to hold its own Angel awards this year, an overall winner will be chosen from the … Continue reading

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BRE launches online self-assessment tool for ethical labour sourcing

Building Research Establishment (BRE) has launched the Online Ethical Labour Sourcing standard (BES 6002) developed to provide a framework for businesses to self-assess to better understand their corporate governance profile including human rights responsibilities.

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England’s new trustees will get a welcome pack from the Charity Commission

Every new trustee in England will now receive a welcome pack on being a trustee from the Charity Commission.

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New Director for the Scottish Civic Trust

The Scottish Civic Trust (SCT) has announced that its new Director is Dr Susan O’Connor, latterly Senior Projects Advisor for Scotland with the Princes Regeneration Trust. image Scottish Civic Trust website

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International Summer Academy on Managing Historic Urban Landscapes – Open Call for early career participants: closing 15 May

Europa Nostra and partners invite early career professionals (‘up to 40 years old’) across Europe to apply to the Open Call for participation in the International Summer Academy ‘Managing Historic Urban Landscapes’, which will take place from 5-12 August 2018, … Continue reading

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Arts & Business Scotland asks: Can you spare us 10 minutes to contribute to new research for the heritage sector?

Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS) is asking heritage stakeholders in Scotland to carry out a 10 minute to survey to contribute to new research for the heritage sector, with a deadline of 14 June 2018. 

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