- CE Mark | The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has written to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy secretaries, and Levelling Up, Housing and Communities over the transition from CE quality marking to the new UK CA standard which should happen in January. It has asked for a two-year delay as UK testing capacity has not yet been scaled up to meet demand.
- Retrofit – skills progress | The CLC’s latest Policy Progress Map shows that the UK has less than 2% of the skilled workers it needs for a residential energy-efficiency drive. Only 506 TrustMark-registered retrofit coordinators were in place in Q3 2022, against a target of 30,000 by 2028. It has called for a national retrofit body to be established.
- Retrofit – index | The inaugural Global Retrofit Index (compiled by 3Keep for Kingspan) shows that the UK is failing to keep up with its retrofit target required to meet 2050 net zero carbon targets set out in the Paris Agreement.
- Pauses | Increasing interest rates have encouraged councils to pause schemes, according to a round-up by Construction News.
- Planning reforms which Liz Truss announced are expected to be dropped by the new Prime Minister. This could mean that the Investment Zones may not materialise.
- Office space | The BCO is recommending that offices are designed with more space per person to keep up with shifting employment patterns and trends. Its new recommended ratio is 10-12 sqm per person which will help alleviate workplace issues such as noise pollution.