Building Design

Cracking the Code Between Smart Building Technology and HVAC Systems – Energy Central
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Multiple Combined Technologies Many believe that a smart building has been enhanced with intelligent systems and implements green building concepts. That is far from the truth. A smart building uses a combination of multiple technologies, automated controls and decision-supporting software that provides a rapid and responsive environment.

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3D Printer Builds Homes from Soil & Waste
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‘Crane Style’ Printing Denise Chevin, of BIM Plus reports that Italian printing specialist WASP has taken another step forward in 3D printing by developing the technology to form a structure made out of clay and food waste, using a new “crane-style” printer.

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The Future of the Home of The Future – the verge
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‘Smart’ is still lacking Writing in The Verge, Dan Seifert reminds us that today we can have a fully connected home complete with sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, air quality, energy usage, and more, and check in on almost any appliance from anywhere in the world with just a smartphone.

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BRE Teams Up with US Green Building Council
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Partners for a Better Environment UK-based BRE and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced a partnership aimed at making the global built environment cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable. They will work together to encourage buildings and the built environment globally to raise sustainability standards and deliver greater value.

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Apartments on stilts to be built over car park
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The project is looking at new ways of providing homes to people who could not otherwise afford them.

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The Year Ahead For Linden Homes South West | Linden Homes
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Linden Homes South West is starting the year in a strong position and it’s looking like it will be advantageous for homebuyers too.

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Vancouver’s most expensive flats … are timber!
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World’s tallest hybrid timber building A 71m-tall timber and concrete building designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for Vancouver will contain 20 apartments valued at more than $2.4m each – Vancouver’s most expensive. (Read full article)

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Offsite to double in next 5 years
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Lack of Knowledge Two thirds of construction bosses expect to double the amount of construction work they carry out using offsite manufacturing (OSM) over the next five years, although the cost of investment and a lack of knowledge is currently holding the sector back. That’s according to a survey of 31 executives from the UK’s […]

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Ready ot not: Offsite construction is now mainstream in the UK
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Business Opportunities “Offsite construction methods are increasingly being used in all sectors of the UK, providing excellent business opportunities.” Off-Site Hub reports this as the view of Ian Pannell from Build Offsite, a company which has been advocating the intelligent use of offsite methods for almost 13 years. Ian argues that this view is increasingly […]

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Gardens of interwar estates could house thousands more – Intelligence Densification – RIBA J
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Is this Really Innovation? Eleanor Young writes that a one-bed wheeled home is being trialled on a housing estate in Bristol in an innovative bid to help solve the housing crisis. But is this really ‘innovation’ (see Britain’s Housing Crisis) Read more

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Blockchain and construction: the opportunities and challenges – BIM+ CIOB
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New Research As BIM+ reports, the construction sector has struggled to embrace technological advancements in comparison with other industries. Lack of trust in other parties and traditional procurement approaches aggravate the inadequate levels of collaboration in construction. BIM processes and technologies have been contributing to address these challenges, but their adoption level remains slow globally. […]

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