Zero Carbon Façades – Swiss ‘proof of concept’
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Electric Walls – NOT roof Three Swiss Universities, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Fribourg School of Engineering and Architecture, and the Geneva School of Art and Design, have joined with private firms and Swiss government agencies to prove that a house can use solar panels on its façade, rather than its roof, […]

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Whole Life Carbon Assessment – RICS new industry standard
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RICS draft Professional Statement Backed by the UK Green Building Council, the RICS consultation on its draft Professional Statement ‘Whole life carbon measurement: implementation in the built environment’, closed on 31st. May. It gives the industry a new standardised approach to Whole Life Carbon (WLC) assessments. The consultation is open until the end of May. […]

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BitCoin for Builders – could improve payments
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BitCoin Explained Bitcoin is a method of recording any form of transaction across a peer-to-peer network of computers worldwide. It uses ‘Blockchain’ as its software platform. This stores data on “blocks”, bound cryptographically together into a “chain”. This digital ledger cannot be altered, only added to, and anyone on the network can access the latest […]

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Our Blue Morpha Butterfly – for super-efficient PV’s
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The Attraction of iridescent Blue The Blue Morpho Didius butterfly uses the striking colour on the top of its wings to improve its chances of mating (the underside is dull brown and covered in 14 fake eyes to put off predators). However, the colour comes from cone-shaped structures that scatter light to create a vivid […]

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Timber Whirlwind – Sydney’s Darling Exchange
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New Civic Centre The extraordinary wooden whirlwind known as the Darling Exchange, to be located in the Darling Square district of central Sydney, has received planning permission.

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