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What are the risks with coal mining subsidence?

15 Nov 2018

Coal mining has taken two forms – Deep and Shallow Mining. Much of the UK’s deep mining activity took place at the beginning of the last century and has, in general, been better regulated, recorded and remediated. Almost a third of buildings (29%) in the UK are underlain by coal mines. This has translated to approximately £40 million of damages paid out to properties in the last decade that have been affected by subsidence in these areas.

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Ground Stability

What is coal mining risk assessment?

12 Nov 2018

Properties near to both past and current mining activities can be at risk of subsidence because of being on unstable ground. A new breed of CON29M report, such as that available from Future Climate Info, now offers a clear, professional opinion for lenders, conveyancers and homeowners alike. It also includes previously unanswered questions such as: "is the property susceptible to coal mining-related subsidence?"; "Will coal mining hinder the completion of the transaction?"; "Will coal mining impact the value of the property" and "will coal mining impact normal lending processes?"

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Environmental

Future Climate Info and Terrafirma Raise the Bar for Environmental Reports

23 Oct 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Terrafirma to deliver the most comprehensive package yet of environmental risk data, protection and support for homebuyers.

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Environmental

Commercial Development: Opening up Brownfield Land Opportunity

18 Oct 2018

There are very few SILCs (Specialist in Land Condition) in the UK, but property professionals including commercial property lawyers and their clients may find direct access to this expertise invaluable in unlocking the true potential of brownfield sites. Chris Taylor, Commercial Director of Future Climate Info, is one of only a small number of SiLCs (Specialists in Land Condition) in the UK. He provides an assessment on how this renewed focus on brownfield incentives will extend to commercial property due diligence.

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Environmental

Final Call to Slow Climate Change

18 Oct 2018

FCI have reviewed the IPCC report that states we are heading to a 3C temperature increase, rather than the target of 1.5C. It will take government action with high expenses, an estimated 2.5% of global GDP, and individual actions as well i.e. driving electric cars, taking public transport etc.. to mitigate the problem. FCI identifies that climate change will impact our lives and if nothing is done now, it will create dangerous changes to the world, with an uncertain future and cost of how to remedy it.

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Environmental

The Surge is on: Subsidence Claims rise 400% after Heatwave

28 Sep 2018

FCI review the increase in subsidence claims due to our record-breaking heatwave that has impacted on today’s soil through dramatic levels of shrinkage and cracking. It is still at an early stage in the subsidence cycle and with even more moisture loss, the level of subsidence claims will increase drastically with both commercial and domestic.

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Environmental

NPPF: Impacts on Planning and the Environment

12 Sep 2018

FCI review the latest changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, including considerations for flood risk and air quality in line with rising concerns for climate change and health implications. The plan is to build 300,000 homes a year by 2020 with a stronger focus towards environmental protection of habitats and building homes in areas with higher air quality.

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Ground Stability

Subsiding in the Heat

03 Aug 2018

FCI address the connection between hot temperatures and soil moisture with relation to subsidence and the risks it poses to property owners. Homeowners and home buyers may not be aware or informed of the risk that hot weather has on the soil and the resulting effects of subsidence or ground instability. At FCI we provide an expert view in our environmental reports and will advise on the next steps that should be taken if further action is required.

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Environmental

Heatwaves and Pollution: The Need to Adapt

30 Jul 2018

FCI addresses the need to adapt when it comes to heatwaves and air pollution due to a rising concern in relation to health issues and an increase in death rates. As the temperature will be getting warmer year on year adaptation may need to be considered with redesigning and building homes and properties that can adjust to the soaring temperatures.

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Flood

The Deceptive Drought

24 Jul 2018

FCI address the persistent heat and reduced rainfall that causes drought periods to lead to flood events. We dive deeper into understanding drought, surface flooding and erosion and the impact this has upon properties and critical infrastructure, therefore highlighting the fact that flood risk should be a key factor in environmental due diligence ahead of a property transaction.

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Flood

Infrastructure Commission: More Holistic, Proactive Flood Management Required.

20 Jul 2018

Climate change will continue to make extreme flooding events more likely in future years. Cities and towns and villages alike must be resilient and decisive policy action is needed to mitigate these risks. Future Climate Info look at the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) recommendations on how to accommodate population and climate change challenges in relation to flood management.

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Energy & Infrastructure

Expand wind and solar farms to reach 50% of energy needs, says Commission

19 Jul 2018

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) was established on 2015 to advise Government on how to accommodate population and climate change challenges affecting the capacity of our existing infrastructure.

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