18th November 2013 We are moving offices. From 1st December we shall be located in Caledonian House, High Street, Dingwall IV15 9RY.
1st October 2013 New Building standards have arrived. Carbon monoxide detection and dual flush toilets being the main changes. New Energy reguation com into force October 2015.
5th February 2013 Building Standards are changing in October 2013 with an approx 15% reduction in CO2 ommisions, this will mean that new builds will cost more. Use a certifier of design to save yourself money on the build.
5th February 2013 Planning applications will cost approx 20% more from April 2013, contact highland architecture now to avoid the price increase
13 January 2013 We have recently taken out an online advertising and what better place to start than highland councils web site , see the ad here http://www.highland.gov.uk/yourenvironment/planning/planningapplications/DoIneedPlanningPermission.htm
13 January 2013 Planning fee increases- The Scottish government have decided to raise planning applications fees by 20% in 2013, a good time to kickstart your building project!
27 January 2012 - Wood for Good / Forestry commision event at Earls Court in Inverness.
A very useful seminar encouraging designers to specify natural home grown timber and how to avoid some of the pitfalls in using timbver in construction.
5 December 2011 - Enhanced Accredited Details
By using enhanced accredited details in your new build you can save a great deal of £ on the specifation of your house and your heating bills, ask about using enhanced accredited details and improving the thermal bridging of your new home.
5 October 2011 - Builders in Dingwall & Ross-shire.
Calling all builders in Dingwall , Ross-shire and Highland. Many of the works taht you are carrying out may require building warrant and even planning permission. Talk to Highland Architecture first about whether these permissions are required.
1 October 2011 - Air tightness testing.
Air tightness testing is now a mandatory requirement for all new houses. Find out how you can comply with the stringent SAP 2009 calculations , by speaking to HIghland Architecture now.
28 June 2011 - New livery to company car - highland architecture
You might see the 107 with highland architecture in dingwall or the highlands. Photo to follow
19 April 2011 - New building standards section - Sustainability
A new section has been added to the scottish building standards (regulations) - Sustainability
The new section can be downloaded by clicking here. It appears that this new section is not mandatory, but is a incentive for people / business / local authorities to go byond the minimum standards.
17 April 2011 - New CIAT video uploaded to front page
4 January 2011 - VAT Rise
HMRC have raised VAT from 17.5 to 20% today, however highland architecture customers do not have to worry, as there is no VAT to pay on our professional fees.
1 January 2011 - 1 Year in Business
Highland Architecture has completed a succesful first year in business and look forward to building on this success, and assisting even more customers in 2011
19 October 2010 - Architectural conservation
Attended an architectural conservation class at Inverness college. Very interesting! Although not expert in this subject , I am becoming increasingly experienced in this field and what the plannig department and conservation officer are looking for. A rare skill indeed!
1 October 2010 New Building Standards in force.
New regulations come into force today, the biggest change being the energy usage of new buildings and increased amount fo insulation. There are big changes also in noise reducation between houses and flats. Testing for airtightness for new build houses will also be introduced in 2011.