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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