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, […]
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. […]
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.
Everyone’s Going ‘Off-Site’ Construction Manager magazine (CM) reports that architects Richard Hywel Evans (RHE) has launched a modular home concept to offer Grand Designs styling at an affordable price.
Radiates heat without energy American University Invention Writing in Global Construction Review, Joe Quirke reports that a team from the University of Colorado Boulder has engineered a new material that can cool structures without using energy.
Residents Views NHBC Foundation research – “Affordable homes: Residents’ views of quality” (Published December 2016) – aimed at establishing longer term resident satisfaction. It involved face-to-face interviews with housing association residents after 3-4 years of occupancy.
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Planning Application for Experiment UK developers Larkfleet Group is seeking permission for an experimental house. Their aim is to jack lift this 1.5m above flood waters. If successful it could enable housebuilding on thousands of flood risk sites presently undevelopable.
Government Commitment Digital Built Britain was announced in the 2016 Budget. It aims to use intelligent building information models, sensing technology and secure data and information infrastructure to deliver reductions in whole-life costs and carbon emissions, while improving productivity and capacity.
Self-Supporting Part Stilt Structure Fabricated entirely from CLT (Cross Laminated Timber), the first floor walls and roof structure are self-supporting and fabricated entirely from a total of 143 panels CLT panels.
HELIX The Healthcare Innovation Exchange (HELIX) Centre is a new building with a radical concept; to explore how designers might work together with clinical practitioners in an acute general hospital to improve healthcare. A new idea, for instance, might push the boundaries of innovative technology, or save costs, or it could solve everyday healthcare problems […]