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   ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY    T  Inside this issue Hong Kong special issue: the historic CIAT visit Code for Sustainable Homes: BRE test results Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists Issue 81January/February 2009ISSN 1361-326X £2.50  In this issue 3News What’s happening within the Institute and the industry 5Membership Information for CIAT members 7AGM 2008 The highlights of CIAT’s historic Hong Kong visit 23Surface Design Show  A preview of the CIAT supported show 24Learning from the Code Chris Gaze looks at the Code for Sustainable Homes 26Codebreakers Paul Hicks ACIAT gives a personal view on the Code 29Publications The latest books and software in Architectural Technology 31What’s on What’s happening in the industry in the coming months AT magazine is published by The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists 397 City Road London EC1V 1NH UKTel. +44(0)20 7278 2206Fax. +44(0)20 7837 Chief Executive: Francesca Berriman Editor: Hugh Advertising:  Adam Copy deadline for next edition: 20 February 2009.Short articles from CIAT Regions andCentres accepted until 6 March.Edition published: 6 April. Advertising deadline for next edition: Orders must be placed by 6 March2009. Distribution: c.9000 CIAT members plus c.2500related professionals (Publisher’s statement)The Chartered Institute of ArchitecturalTechnologists (CIAT) represents over 9000 professionals working andstudying in the field of ArchitecturalTechnology. CIAT is internationallyrecognised as the qualifying body for Chartered  Architectural Technologists (MCIAT) andprofessional Architectural Technicians(TCIAT). Printed by: Hastings Printing Company St Leonard’s-on-Sea, East Sussex. Publication of an article or item does not imply thatCIAT or any of its staff is in agreement with theviews expressed, nor does CIAT or any of its staff accept responsibility for errors or omissions.©CIAT 2009 Cover This magazine is printed on paper from sustainablemanaged forests. The cover shows theHarbour Crossingresidentialdevelopment,Hong Kong,visited by CIATmembers.See p. 20 for details.  Architectural-EPC CIAT and RIBA have an Accreditation Scheme for NewlyConstructed Dwellings (entitled Architectural-EPC) torecognise members of CIAT, RIBA, RIAS and RSUA whohave significant and relevant experience of domestic energyassessment.This is in line with the requirements for approval of  Accreditation Schemes set out by the CLG and the NationalOccupational Standards developed by Asset Skills.The scheme is open to Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT) in the UK.  Application fee: £150 plus VAT. Annual membership £100plus VAT. As part of the registration, SAP tests are set andmarked independently with a fee of £20 plus VAT per test. For further information please visit tel. Amina Khanum at CIAT Central Office on 020 7278 2206. Develop your career with CIAT Specialist Registers 2  AT magazine — January/February 2009  Membership Online EnergyPerformanceCertificates Members of Architectural EPC, theservice for UK domestic energyassessors, can now generateEnergy Performance Certificates(EPCs) online, thanks to a newagreement.  Architectural-EPC and Knauf InsulationLimited have reached an agreementwhich allows members of Architectural-EPC to generate Energy PerformanceCertificates (EPCs) for new dwellingsusing Knauf Insulation’s approved on-line SAP calculator. Architectural-EPC is an on-linemembership service aimed primarily atconstruction professionals who wish tobecome On-Construction DomesticEnergy Assessors. Developed by CIATand RIBA in partnership with Just-AskServices Limited, the Architectural-EPCscheme is approved and regulated bythe Department of Communities andLocal Government.(CLG). Architectural-EPC offers a low costalternative for producing and registering EPCs for new dwellings.The scheme enables members to offer clients an additional service and retaincomplete control over the energydesign of domestic projects.Over 500 Architectural Technologyprofessionals and architects havealready registered and are activelyworking towards becoming On-Construction Domestic Energy Assessors.Full details of the benefits can be foundat Watts the idea...EPCs can now begenerated online Inquiry into fatalities An inquiry into the underlyingcauses of construction fatalities isto be launched amid concerns thatthe UK is not making significantprogress in tackling the number of people who have died as a result of their work. The inquiry, headed by Work andPensions Secretary James Purnell MP,is to include a review of existing workto consolidate the understanding of fatal injuries in the industry withspecific reference to vulnerability, and adeeper analysis of underlying causesincluding factors outside the health andsafety system.Commenting, Mr Purnell said: ‘Theconstruction industry is one of the mostdangerous sectors in the country − over 2,800 people have died frominjuries they received as a result of construction work in the past 25 years.‘No one can find it acceptable that thisnumber of people have died directly asa cause of their work and we are notmaking sufficient progress onpreventing this total of human misery.’  AT magazine — January/February 2009 3 Learning from mother nature  A website,, has beenlaunched which claims to be theworld’s first ‘biomimicry’ database,featuring biology-inspired design strategies. Architectural Technology professionals,designers and engineers can accessand harness nature’s billions of yearsof evolution through this free, onlinepublic-domain library, filled with someof nature’s best strategies, organisedby function and explained with illustra-tions and in language relevant todesigners. For instance, someone trying to solvethe challenge of how to glue tosurfaces in moist environments wouldfind information about barnacles,geckos and other organisms that havesolved this problem in the ecosystem inwhich they live.‘It helps us understand the implicationsof our designs for factors like energyusage, water usage, material usageand shade coefficient’ said Mary AnnLazarus, Sustainable Design Director,at HOK Architects, a user of the site. RIBA celebratesPalladio The RIBA British Architectural Library iscelebrating the 500th birthday of  Andrea Palladio by launching a major online resource: ‘Palladio and Britain’,at web-hub enables users to explorethe RIBA’s unparalleled collection of Palladio’s books and drawings – over 80 percent of those in existence. Aswell as viewing Palladio’s designdrawings and books, visitors can learnabout Palladio’s influence on Britisharchitecture from the 16th century tothe present day.Visitors to the site will be able to feasttheir eyes on Palladio’s own designdrawings for villas, palaces andchurches, preliminary drawings for woodcuts in his seminal work I QuattroLibri dell’Architettura , and drawings andreconstructions of Roman buildings. They can explore British Palladianvillas, interiors and elegant countryhouses through the outstanding collec-tion of photographs held in the RIBAPhotographs Collection. Visitors canalso browse the Library’s collection of early books, drawings and archivesand find out how and why writers,artists, architects and patrons havebeen captivated by Palladio throughthe centuries. Sunand Prasad, RIBA President said‘Andrea Palladio’s buildings anddrawings supremely exemplify thepractice of architecture as a composi-tional art. ‘500 years later his three dimensionalimagination, organisational rigour andmastery of scale and proportion inspireus and set standards that transcendarchitectural style. ‘The RIBA is fortunate that British architects were amongst the first torecognise the quality of his drawingsand, in the conviction that Palladio’srelevance will last and last, we intendto make these treasures available for study and pleasure as widely aspossible.’    ©   T   h  o  m  a  s   P  e  r   k   i  n  s  -   F  o   t  o   l   i  a .  c  o  m Palladio’s Villa Rotonda © Gino Santa Maria -  4  AT magazine — January/February 2009 News Homes andCommunities Agencylaunched The government has launched theHomes and Communities Agency(HCA) as England’s single housing andregeneration body. The HCA brings together all the activities of English Partnerships andthe Academy for Sustainable Communities, the investment functionsof the Housing Corporation and thedelivery responsibility of most of CLG’sgrowth and renewal programmes.Further information is available Downturn now worsethan 1980s, warnsCPA  The construction industry is set for its biggest decline in nearly 30years, according to the latestforecasts of construction outputpublished by the ConstructionProducts Association (CPA). Output is set to fall by nearly nine percent in 2009 and a further four percent in 2010 − a greater fall than atany time since the early 1980s.Michael Ankers, Chief Executive of CPA said: ‘The speed of decline ishaving a dramatic effect on many partsof the construction industry and isbeing driven by an unprecedentedreduction in private sector investmentresulting from the credit crunch andeconomic downturn. ‘Private housing starts which fell 43%in 2008 are expected to fall another 32% in 2009, to levels not seen since1952. Private commercial work hascollapsed as the retail sector cuts backon its investment plans in the face of falling sales. Orders for new officeshave fallen 47% and as a result we areforecasting that construction output onoffice projects will fall by 50% over thenext two years.‘The only sectors where constructionoutput is forecast to increase are linkedto public spending. The BuildingSchools for the Future programme hasfinally got off the ground and spendingon education projects is expected togrow by 28% over the next two years. ‘Construction activity in the healthsector will also remain strong.’ A wildlife-friendly garden for an eco-house in Nottingham has beencreated as a result of a successfulfarm biodiversity improvementexperiment. If successful, the project could becomea blueprint for boosting bird and insectpopulations in new housing develop-ments, business parks and industrialestates across the UK.The garden surrounds the BASFHouse - an affordable low-energyshow-home built by leading chemicalcompany BASF as part of the CreativeEnergy Homes Project at the Universityof Nottingham. The House is a showcase for energyefficient building products andmaterials. BASF’s market developmentteam wanted the garden and itssurroundings to reflect the principles of the House − working with andbenefiting the environment – so theyturned to colleagues in the agriculturaldivision for advice.‘Sustainability shouldn’t stop at thefront door,’ explains Gill Kelleher, fromBASF’s market development team.‘We wanted a garden that was asustainable wildlife habitat, workingwith the environment to minimise water use and encourage plant growth andbirdlife. The findings from BASF’sBiodiversity Action Plan fitted perfectlywith our requirements.’For the past six years BASF has beencarrying out biodiversity trials alongsideits agronomy trials at Rawcliffe Bridge,near Goole in East Yorkshire. TheBiodiversity Action Plan work hasallowed BASF to create an interactivedatabase of plants and wildlife speciesfor use in a rural environment. ‘The results include a significantimprovement in bird numbers on thefarm, including an increase in numbersof breeding pairs of the endangeredtree sparrow from five pairs to 28 pairsin four years,’ explains BASF’sstewardship manager GrahamHartwell. Mr Hartwell has developed a revisedurban biodiversity plan, nicknamed‘agriculture in the garden’, that isstraightforward to create and maintainby anyone – from householders tobusiness park managers. The first step is a bird survey of a siteto determine current populations, whichinfluences the planting and seedmixtures recommended. BASF thensuggests the most favourable combina-tion of plant species for gardens andopen areas to create a balancedcanopy and prevent crop competition. The BASF House is located in theUniversity of Nottingham’s campusoverlooking the centre of the city, sothe Nottingham Wildlife Trust was alsoconsulted as part of the process. Thegarden was planted with speciesincluding Phormium , Photina , Viburnum , Heuchera and Pachysandra .‘It’s not an immediate quick fix and itcan take a number of years for insectsto build up populations. But it meansthe farmer, householder or businesspark manager is offering wildlife B&B –bed and breakfast for birds that willdeliver improved breeding and biodi-versity.’ Strictly for the birds
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