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Power Generating Windows Renewable energy breakthrough converts light into electricity
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Looking through glass that charges your car Developed by tech start-up Physee, a spin-off from Holland’s Technical University of Delft, windows covered with a transparent luminescent coating to convert 30% of light normally reflected from the surface into invisible light is collected and converted via solar cell strips inside the window frame. The light travels […]

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Airships for House Builders
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Off-Site into Factories As house-building increasingly embraces factory based prefabrication, the associated logistics, especially transport to site, presents another set of issues.

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80 Storey Timber Tower for Barbican
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Second Tallest Building to Shard Research by Cambridge University, PLP Architecture and structural engineers Smith & Wallwork has presented London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, with conceptual plans for an 80-storey, 300m high wooden tower for the Barbican complex. The proposals make it the second tallest building in London after The Shard. ….

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Willmott Dixon Goes For Timber Frame … and targets 1,000 off-site homes a year
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Off-site” to provide long term protection By strengthening its offsite capabilities to reduce reliance on onsite trades, Willmott Dixon aims to shore up the future of its residential construction business

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Nano Modified “Wood Glass”
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Seeing Through Wood By removing lignin from a piece of balsa wood and infusing it with a transparent plastic polymer, researchers at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have created a nano modified transparent wood that can be mass produced to replace glass in windows, façades and solar cells.

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Lowe Energy Performance Gaps -v- Design Targets
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Over 100 Buildings Have ‘Gaps’ A study into the operational performance of more than 100 low-energy buildings has found “performance gaps” between design intent and actual carbon emissions of up to a factor of 10.

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BIM 3D Desaign as “Gaming”
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State of the Art 3D Modelling ‘Vucity’ is a three-dimensional interactive planning tool developed by communications agency Wagstaffs Design and 3D modelling specialist Vertex Modelling. It already maps more than 100 sq km of central London in high detail, enabling users to visualise construction development, highlight and interrogate existing, planned and consented schemes, and overlay […]

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Minecraft Housing Challenge + Video
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The Future for Housing? Aiming to explore possible solutions to future housing, CIOB’s challenge hopes to tap into the next generation of construction managers. To be all mmbracing, entrants must design and build their ideas for a three-bedroom house, within limited sites and considering the environment and energy use.

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Robot Retrofits Underlfoor Insulation
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Low Cost Robot Retrofits Underfloor Insulation 86% Reduction in Heat Loss Trials of an autonomous robot that crawls under the floorboards of old houses squirting insulation have shown that heat loss can be reduced by as much as 86%, according to the system’s developer.

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Fast Track Planning in Sight – New Government Proposals to unblock housing
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Pressure on LPA’s Government may require local councils to compete in processing planning applications and offer fast-track application services.

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New Housing Standards Handbook
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Essential for Housing Professionals The government’s Housing Standards Review has huge implications for what local planning authorities can and can’t ask for, and how performance in key “technical” areas will be assessed. Focussed on deregulation to boost housing supply, and after 5 years preparation, the new package of standards and regulations came into force just […]

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