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 […]
Higher Energy Efficiency Requirements Although a little dated and focussed on Welsh regulatory requirements, this excellent 32 page Guide from the NHBC Foundation will be an invaluable reference for architects, house builders, and other designers. The following brief extracts are intended merely as a ‘taster’ of what the full guide provides.
Microsoft HoloLens headsets Engineering giant Aecom is collaborating with Trimble (also known for “SketchUp”) to pilot Microsoft’s virtual reality HoloLens headsets on three projects, including this year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London.Users can view and interact with holograms of 3D engineering models. .
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Float Between Buildings Londoners working in the finance sector will recognise the impressive Canary Wharf and City skyline. Soon, a few of its lucky residents will be able to float between two buildings in their very own “sky pool” – the world’s first in architectural design.