Hard Surfaces 2023

Sustainability in planning –
the beauty of better buildings

Tuesday 22 February

The government’s stated aim is to Build Better, Build Beautiful. The Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Model Design Code (NMDC) could help achieve that. Value engineering at the design stage in consultation with material providers can also make a project more sustainable as well as more affordable. And the revisions to BS 8298 for stone cladding can also contribute positively.

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Sessions included:

  1. The Planning White Paper of 2020 set out the Government’s intention to improve the design quality of the developments the planning system was approving. 18 months later many of the objectives of the White paper have yet to see reality, apart from the push to improve design standards which is now included in the updated National Planning Policy Framework. 

    Where does the supply of natural stone fit into the renewed focus on improving design, where are the opportunities for the industry through the planning process. 

    The presentation will highlight how and why planning policies have changed and will highlight how the industry can take advantage of this change in approach to new building developments. 

  2. Nic shares his expertise on what has changed in the new BS8298 standards, providing an overview on the new working calculations; safety factor guidance; impact notations; new fixing details; weathering; new test methods; steel frame systems; soffit design updates; and the expanded annex section.  He demonstrates how building professionals can use BS8298 to make stone cladding more sustainable, by using best practice through the key drivers of design life and performance.
  3. Nick Wilson, a Director of stone specialist contractor Stonewest, says his trade (building restoration) is inherently sustainable. Nevertheless, Stonewest has recognized wider issues and adapted its business to them. He will explain how Stonewest has pioneered unique business specific initiatives to face the challenge of meeting Net Zero targets required by a tightening of the planning and building regulations.