Building Design

Tactical Urbanism Here!
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As more and more urbanites flock to Denver, they are beginning to demand more from their city. More bike lanes, more active public places, more creativity, more spaces designed for people. Rather than waiting for authorities to transform their streets and neighborhoods, they are taking action

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Timber frame market about to boom, says report |
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The timber frame building market will grow by 9% this year and top £400m in value, according to independent market research.

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Timber-frame homes get the nod in Kent
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Contractors look to timber frames as a means of achieving Egan efficiency targets.

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New home planning permissions highest for five years
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The number of planning approvals for new homes granted in the final quarter of last year was 62% higher than the year before, according to the Home Builders Federation’s latest Housing Pipeline report.

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Building sustainable  homes at speed (NF48)
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It is perhaps an irony that the title of this report refers to building homes at speed when our current annual housing output is at one of the lowest levels in recorded history. However, the growing need for more homes to be built, along with new construction techniques have presented the house-building industry with the […]

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Improving new build homes to cut energy bills – News stories – Inside Government – GOV.UK
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Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and using planning to protect the environment Communities Minister Don Foster has committed to improving energy efficiency levels in new homes that will save up to £100 per year in bills. Roof construction He pledged to work with industry to “close the gap” between the energy standards new homes […]

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Pilkington glass tops the class
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Pilkington Planar has been specified as part of a refurbishment project at the Royal Veterinary College’s Hawkshead campus in Hertfordshire. The glass was installed throughout the new main entrance and reception area, as well as in the museum and laboratories.

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Meeting needs of animals in building design
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It is a sad fact more than half of livestock buildings in the UK – new or old – are not fit for purpose. But building design has made great strides over the past decade, and with a bit of foresight farmers really can produce something which meets the needs of their business, their animals, […]

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Bath green belt homes plan approved by councillors
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Plans to build thousands of homes on green belt land in and around Bath have been approved by councillors. Bath and North East Somerset Council has given the go-ahead for 12,700 homes to be built on brownfield and greenfield sites by 2029.

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Innovation in sustainable energy sources » Building Design Expert Blog
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While we wait with anticipation for the Part L changes to be released, we’ve found ourselves thinking about how technology and materials which are currently the norm in construction will need to be improved if we’re going to continue using them in our future developments.

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The Weight of Timber Frame
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The weight of all types of timber varies according to their water (moisture) content. Unseasoned timber is referred to as ‘green’.  Air or kiln dried timber is referred to as ‘seasoned’. The following table gives approximate weights in metric tonnes and kilograms for ‘green ‘, i.e. un-dried / unseasoned weights of softwood and hardwoods

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