Last edited 15 Nov 2018

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Right to light

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When is there a right to light, and what happens if it is obstructed?



A masterplan is a framework within which a location is encouraged to develop or change. Read our introductory article.

Inclusive cities and transport


ICE responds to a transport consultation advising the government to make decisions enabling more inclusive cities.

Fibrous plaster ceilings

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How the risk of collapse of fibrous plaster ceilings is being addressed in theatres.

Planning obligation

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These are attached to land that is the subject of a planning permission, and used to compensate for negative impacts.

Building survey


Building surveys provide a detailed evaluation of a property's condition and involve an extensive inspection.


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Maintenance is the process of ensuring that buildings retain a good appearance and operate at optimum efficiency.

Assurance and self-certification

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Self-certification can reduce cost and time by eliminating duplicate inspections and tests.

Cross ventilation


Cross ventilation occurs where there are pressure differences between one side of a building and the other.

Embodied energy


The energy consumed by a building throughout its life should be understood as a means of increasing efficiency.

Hot-mixed mortars

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The last few years have seen renewed interest in traditional mortars and hot mixing.

Construction costs


Construction costs form part of the overall costs incurred during the development of a built asset.

Carbon reporting

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What will the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting Regulations mean for your business?