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Innovative Brett Landscaping leads industry with BIM registered products [ BRETT LANDSCAPING, the

specialist commercial and domestic paving supplier, has announced that its range of high quality commercial hard landscaping products has now been listed on the National BIM Library, making the company one of the industry’s earliest adopters of BIM technology. These BIM objects can be sourced for free through the National BIM Library, an online resource of thousands of building products that have been BIM registered – and this library now includes many of Brett Landscaping’s most popular commercial products. The information held within BIM is invaluable to everyone involved in a building project, especially to the contractor when it comes to ensuring the efficient management of the construction phase and BIM Level 2 compliance. BIM provides contractors with a better understanding of an architect’s vision, enabling them to contribute to a build which helps to create a truly collaborative environment, from the architect right through to the contractor. A significant benefit to BIM is the ability to reduce the construction phase and a contractor’s time on site by improving site scheduling, which results in less downtime waiting for products to arrive. Site safety

is also improved as any potential risks are identified, and resolved, during the design phase. BIM also helps to reduce snagging time and any time spent on site resolving conflicts, as any issues will have been found during the design of the building. “Building Information Modelling is definitely the long-term future of construction and as such it is imperative the industry is prepared,” explains Andrew Gill, marketing manager at Brett Landscaping. “It is already mandatory that all products sourced for government projects should be to BIM Level 2 and we are now starting to see BIM filter down to private sector projects. “Brett is renowned for innovation and remaining at the forefront of industry developments and being part of the BIM revolution is another example of this. By having our products included in the National BIM Library we are providing our customers – whether that is an architect sourcing the products, a contractor using them, a merchant selling them or the facilities management team managing the infrastructure – with the products they need to succeed within this highly competitive market.” q • Further information about Brett Landscaping and BIM can be found at www.brettpaving.co.uk/knowledge-hub/ or by calling 0845 60 80 577.

For green infrastructure, use Silva Cells [

THE DEVELOPMENT OF green infrastructure in the urban landscape can be shown to yield many benefits, and the innovative Silva Cell soil cell system from DeepRoot Urban Solutions Ltd is one way of achieving that. The Silva Cell is a modular suspended pavement system that holds unlimited amounts of lightly-compacted soil beneath the paving, while supporting traffic loads above. That soil serves two important functions: allowing the growth of large trees and the consequent treatment of stormwater onsite through interception, evapotranspiration and long-term infiltration. Interception and evapotranspiration – large trees intercept and evapotranspire significantly more rain than small trees. For example, a healthy 40-year-old Hackberry tree is estimated to provide 14 times as much interception as a 10-year-old Hackberry. Long-term infiltration – as the trees’ roots grow and then decay, they leave open channels in the soil that restore and/or enhance porosity and infiltration rates. Several studies have found a significant increase in saturated hydraulic conductivity in cases of bioretention with plants, compared to those without. Vegetation is crucial to many water quality benefits, including removal or sequestration of dissolved nutrients, hydrocarbons and total suspended solids. Plants also slow water flow, allowing more time for sedimentation to occur. Silva Cells have been installed in over 1,000 projects worldwide to achieve the benefits of green infrastructure in the urban environment. q • For more information contact Steve Chatwin-Grindey. Email steve@deeproot.com, call 0207 969 2739 or visit www.deeproot.com. www.constructionnational.co.uk

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