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BlueBox Newsletter

Technical briefing for property professionals

Valuing and surveying ‘green homes’ - where do we start?

In partnership with Green Gauge Trust, BlueBox partners are pleased to announce our one-day conference in November that examines the challenges of valuing and surveying ‘green homes’.

As energy prices continue to rise and the prospect of cheap fuel becomes an unlikely ‘pipe dream’, the costs of keeping warm are moving to the top of every household’s agenda. Whatever happens to the Green Deal and other national initiatives, residential practitioners need to know about this topic. Soon, energy will affect everything we do. It will influence our valuations, guide our inspections, challenge our technical assessments, and shape the advice we give our clients.

To help, we have lined up of impressive range speakers who have one thing in common: a practical understanding of the problems associated with improving the energy efficiency of both existing dwellings and new homes. We aim to pass on this practical knowledge so you can better advise your clients and build a sound knowledge base for your own future professional development.

Issue 18 June 2011

What’s in this issue:

  • Green Homes conference;

  • Valuations for inheritance tax;

  • PV panels leases - lender guidance;

  • Electric cables and loft insulation;

  • Private sewer transfer;

  • BlueBox Home Survey Factsheet

agenda and Phil Parnham from BlueBox will be looking at how the new ’green’ methods will impact your surveys. Martin Russell-Croucher the Director for Sustainability at RICS will give the RICS view of these developments and how surveyors should position themselves and Paul Marshall from the Landmark Information Group, will look at how environmental measures affect new homes. Chris Rispin from BlueBox partners will chair the event and consider how green technologies are affecting valuations now and in the future.

By the time of the conference in November, the nature and scope of the ‘Green Deal’ will be clearer. We will provide an exclusive ’update’ for conference delegates including guidance and advice on how you can exploit ’Green Deal’ opportunities. For more information, visit our website at www.blueboxpartners.com and follow the links to the conference page.

The speakers Charlie Luxton is our keynote speaker. He is an architect who is passionate about sustainability and architecture. He has spent the last 10 years designing and constructing sustainable buildings, making television programmes about architecture and design, working on environmental community projects, and giving talks on all aspects of sustainability. He regularly appears on the BBC1 DIY SOS programme. Doing and talking’ is what Charlie is all about.

Charlie will be joined by David Hilton who is a sustainability project manager and technical adviser to Grand Designs Live. Mike Jacob of Trunk is a ‘very low energy’ building specialist and will look at the Code for Sustainable Homes and future Building Regulations. Liz Reason, the MD of Green Gauge will outline the legal and regulatory framework driving the low carbon

Archived sales data from ‘Rightmove’ for SMEs - unique offer

BlueBox partners has obtained a unique agree- ment with the country’s leading property portal, ‘Rightmove’. We are able to offer access to ar- chived property sales data at a price that is un- beatable anywhere else. We can offer Right- move Plus (which includes the Best Price Guide and access to the Rightmove AVM) and at £50 plus VAT a month; a fraction of the nor- mal price. This offer is only available through BlueBox partners to small/medium sized firms and sole practitioners, and we think this a “must have” for any valuer undertaking residential valuations. Please contact Chris Rispin on 0845 260 3500, option 2 for more in- formation.

BlueBox partners


No. 18 June 2011

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