Timber’s Biophilia Credentials Iain Mcllwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation draws attention to the growing focus on the health and wellbeing of building occupants. In particular he cites the emergence of the “Well Standard” resulting in the recognition of timber’s strong biophilia credentials.
“Virtual” Power Plant Tesla has agreed a partnership with the State of South Australia to create a network of 50,000 solar powered homes to create a “virtual power plant”. It aims to fit 250MW of photovoltaic panels to the homes, store excess energy in batteries to cover the hours of darkness and, if there is […]
Self-Generating net-zero Solar Farmhouse Writing in InHabitat, Laura Mordas-schenkein asserts that net-zero energy (or NZE) is quickly becoming the gold standard in green building. “If you can generate all of your own energy on site,” she writes. “you never need to rely on the grid or worry about energy bills.”
‘Noddy Box’ alternative Conceived as an alternative to the “Noddy boxes” offered by many volume housebuilders, developers Urban Splash teamed up with architects ShedKM in an effort to combine the cost benefits of modular construction with the flexibility offered by architect-designed properties.
Solar Panels Redundant? Buildings could soon be able to convert the sun’s energy into electricity without the need for solar panels, thanks to innovative new technology. .
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Kasita – a Start Up In January 2015, Brent Wistrom, wrote in AustnInno about a new start-up that had raised over $1m for micro homes, as referred to in last week’s Weekly Insight. At that time, ‘Professor Dumpster’, the founder and CEO, was in a’ helluva good mood’. He’d got his shoes kicked off, and […]
Potential Planning Changes February’s ‘leak’ that Government is considering amending Planning Law to permit presumed consent for householders to add another 2 floors on top of their houses, puts ‘micro’ homes firmly in the picture. Although an article in UK Construction Week’s ‘Construction Buzz’ wonders who would buy them, as reported several times in these […]
Sheer Poetry of Form Marley Eternit’s Acme Double Camber clay plain tiles have helped realise the poetic ‘S’-form roof of Quintain House, perfectly showcasing exemplar sustainable architectural and landscape design.
Situational Awareness Up to 80% of all occupational accidents are the result of human error. Behind them is a lack of situational awareness – the inability to recognise the critical signs in one’s surrounding environment that may lead to danger. Since this is affected by the limited capacity of a person’s attention, maintaining higher situational […]
£1.4m low-carbon housing research As part of the sector deal in the government’s Industrial Strategy a £1.4m research project, called “Building for 2050″, is being led by AECOM. It is gathering evidence from three housing developments in Swansea, Bristol and Manchester with the aim of uncovering the barriers to developing low-cost, low-carbon housing.