A dry stone wall built up to through stone level.
Clive Elsdon Building Design have agreed a sponsorship deal today for the Novice Class of the Durham Dry Stone Walling Competition which will take place at Beamish Museum in September this year. We will be providing the prize money for First, Second & Third Places, and a small cash prize for the Best Foundations, Best Through Stone & The Best Coping Stones plus arranging for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place “keep sake” Trophies for those positions in the class.
The competition is organised by Durham County Council‘s Landscape & Arbiculture Department, in association with the Dry Stone Walling Association (I hope we got that bit correct!)
We will update you with the details as soon as we know more!
This week, the transfer of the hosting of cliveelsdon.co.uk from our previous supplier to locally based The Social Media Consultancy Ltd was completed. This also involved relocating all the content of our new WordPress based website from it’s temporary location to the new hosting package. To ensure that no one was “lost” in the process, the domain name that we had been testing this website at, architectural-design-durham.co.uk was retained, and still can be used to access it alongside our other alternative domain name, building-design.org.uk . Hopefully, we will have retained all our followers in the process!
We have also, after a long period or advising our facebook “friends”, and in line with facebook policy, deactivated our facebook “personal” account and encouraged everyone to switch over to our facebook page at facebook.com/cliveelsdonbuildingdesign .
Our twitter account remains active at it’s original location. You can access this via the sidebar twitter feed, the follow me icon to the left of the page or simply click the link here, twitter.com/cliveelsdon and of course we have out Pintrest Boards at pintrest/cliveelsdon .
We would like to thank Jayson & Kim at The Social Media Consultancy Ltd for their help introducing us to WordPress with their very competitively priced “Introduction to WordPress for Small Business Owners” course which included a year’s hosting and a domain name, for helping transfer our existing domain names over from our previous host, and for helping us develop a much clearer strategy to our social media marketing.
Parts of the Building Regulations, including the Code for Sustainable Homes and the EPC for Construction, aim to help reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment.
Code for Sustainable Homes:
The Code is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. The Code aims to reduce our carbon emissions and create homes that are more sustainable. You can find out more on the Sustainable Homes page of the Government’s Planning Portal Website.
Energy performance Certificate for Construction:
The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is broadly similar to the labels now provided with domestic appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines. When the construction of a new building is completed, the builder or person responsible for the construction is responsible for obtaining the certificate and providing it to the owner. This is a duty under Building Regulations. This will also apply if a building is converted into fewer or more units and there are changes to the heating, hot water provision or air conditioning / ventilation services. Again, you can find out more on the EPC page of the Government’s Planning Portal Website.