Building Design

A future disrupted: McKinsey Report
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Zak Garner-Purkis writes in Construction News, even the lead authors of McKinsey’s new (June) construction report were surprised by the findings. The scale and speed of the disruption predicted by the global consultant is unprecedented.

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Creating cognitive buildings – past, present, future
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Cognitive buildings are increasingly commonplace thanks to the development of technologies that are delivering greater levels of operational control. For example, Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity can help to anticipate workplace conditions and reduce a building’s carbon footprint by cutting its energy consumption.

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Covid-19 may force rethink on City Design
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Coronavirus probably isn’t helping but I’ve found myself preoccupied by two particularly poignant warnings about climate change – both in the new LETI (London Energy Transformation Initiative) climate emergency design guide.

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Biodiversity Challenge for New Developments
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The Environment Bill was re-introduced to parliament this spring, and within it is a new requirement that will pose challenging new standards for developers and planning authorities.

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Building with Wood in Climate Emergency
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“Without increased and urgent mitigation ambition in the coming years, leading to a sharp decline in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, global warming will surpass 1.5°C in the following decades, leading to irreversible loss of the most fragile ecosystems, and crisis after crisis for the most vulnerable people and societies.”

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Working miracles: The office design revolution
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From community hubs for homeworkers to the demise of the high-rise office, the first in a series on post-pandemic design asks what our future workspaces might look like. Will the office ever be the same again? As loosening of some Coronavirus lockdown measures begins, it is clear that the workplace will have to adapt fast […]

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George Clarke calls for an end to ‘Wet’ Build
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With almost 200 people crowding into an event to hear the forthright views of TV presenter, George Clarke on housebuilding, In these extracts from his article, Max Halliwell looks at why questioning the mindset of the construction industry has attracted such interest.

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The improved Costs of Modular Construction
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Writing in ‘Building’, Rob Mills of Aecom refers to the on-going debates around Modular construction. Recognising its scaled-up costs, more suppliers, better quality and greater industry awareness he wonders if it could finally achieve critical mass. This summary links to his detailed proposition with cost tables.

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House Prices After Lockdown
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Coronavirus could fast forward structural changes to house prices by 10 years. Housebuilders need to react fast. It is now plainly evident that the housing market cannot function at all during the coronavirus lockdown.

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French Buildings MUST be 50% wood
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The government of France is set to require that all new public buildings must be made at least 50% from wood or other sustainable materials from 2022 as it pushes for sustainable urban development.

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Building Regs during COVID-19
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On 21st April Central Government issued guidance to LABC for all building work being carried out during the COVID-19 outbreak. Building Control Bodies should, where possible, check regularly with those carrying out work including its current status and any plans to continue work.

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