Project Bank Accounts – Wales Lead the Way
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Shocked by the way principal contractors were failing to pay sub trades and suppliers promptly, in 2013 Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance & Government Business, introduced the idea of “Project Bank Accounts” for all Welsh Assembly backed projects.

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BIM+  – thinking beyond a building’s lifespan
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As the construction sector embraces the BIM debate, attention is now shifting towards a call from the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE), the demolition sector’s professional body, that the time is right to extend BIM into DIM – or Deconstruction Information Modelling.

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Carbon-positive prefab house
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Australian architect ArchiBlox has unveiled a prototype of a house design that can produce more energy than it uses over its lifespan. The prefabricated home has “sliding edible garden walls”, a sunroom and an insulating gra

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Retrofit Robot insulator reduces heat loss by up to 86% in trials
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Robot insulator reduces heat loss by up to 86% in trials 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%, the system’s developer has announced.

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How the $30 debris-dwelling is helping America’s homeless
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An artist in Oakland, California, has begun making miniature homes for homeless people out of objects he finds in the street. Each has a build cost of between $30 and $40 – and at least one has already been sold on.

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Future of Housing – Planning, Design & 3D Fabrication
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The Royal Academy of Arts is currently running an exhibition entitled “Four visions for the future of housing”. In the exhibition, which forms part of the Academy’s Future of Housing season architects Mæ, Dallas Pierce Quintero, 5th Studio and Sarah Wigglesworth have been invited to come up with intriguing ideas to solve the housing crisis.

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Tesla developing battery system for houses to store solar power
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Off-grid homes a possibility

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Will 2019 be the year that the UK stops building?
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Worsening skills shortages will threaten 27,000 building projects within five years, according to new research from RICS.

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Unifying Health & PLanning
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How the environment in which people live in affects their health and what can be done to create places that improve lifestyle and wellbeing.

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Green Oak Feature Trusses designs
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A specialist traditional feature truss design and manufacture facility providing wide range of standardised designs offording extra flexibility for architectural detailing

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That Sinking Feeeling – are we off course on sustainability?
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The long-delayed Green Construction Board (GCB) report on the industry’s directly controlled carbon emissions in 2008-12 – still unpublished as of today (2/2/15), although officially “signed off” in June (see Passnotes, below) – reveals an embarrassing own goal: emissions have actually increased in real terms. Please enter a description….

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