Building Design

Power Generating Windows Renewable energy breakthrough converts light into electricity
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Looking through glass that charges your car Developed by tech start-up Physee, a spin-off from Holland’s Technical University of Delft, windows covered with a transparent luminescent coating to convert 30% of light normally reflected from the surface into invisible light is collected and converted via solar cell strips inside the window frame. The light travels […]

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80 Storey Timber Tower for Barbican
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Second Tallest Building to Shard Research by Cambridge University, PLP Architecture and structural engineers Smith & Wallwork has presented London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, with conceptual plans for an 80-storey, 300m high wooden tower for the Barbican complex. The proposals make it the second tallest building in London after The Shard. ….

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Nano Modified “Wood Glass”
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Seeing Through Wood By removing lignin from a piece of balsa wood and infusing it with a transparent plastic polymer, researchers at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have created a nano modified transparent wood that can be mass produced to replace glass in windows, façades and solar cells.

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Lowe Energy Performance Gaps -v- Design Targets
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Over 100 Buildings Have ‘Gaps’ A study into the operational performance of more than 100 low-energy buildings has found “performance gaps” between design intent and actual carbon emissions of up to a factor of 10.

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BIM 3D Desaign as “Gaming”
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State of the Art 3D Modelling ‘Vucity’ is a three-dimensional interactive planning tool developed by communications agency Wagstaffs Design and 3D modelling specialist Vertex Modelling. It already maps more than 100 sq km of central London in high detail, enabling users to visualise construction development, highlight and interrogate existing, planned and consented schemes, and overlay […]

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Minecraft Housing Challenge + Video
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The Future for Housing? Aiming to explore possible solutions to future housing, CIOB’s challenge hopes to tap into the next generation of construction managers. To be all mmbracing, entrants must design and build their ideas for a three-bedroom house, within limited sites and considering the environment and energy use.

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Robot Retrofits Underlfoor Insulation
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Low Cost Robot Retrofits Underfloor Insulation 86% Reduction in Heat Loss Trials of an autonomous robot that crawls under the floorboards of old houses squirting insulation have shown that heat loss can be reduced by as much as 86%, according to the system’s developer.

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New Housing Standards Handbook
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Essential for Housing Professionals The government’s Housing Standards Review has huge implications for what local planning authorities can and can’t ask for, and how performance in key “technical” areas will be assessed. Focussed on deregulation to boost housing supply, and after 5 years preparation, the new package of standards and regulations came into force just […]

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World’s Tallest Timber Tower – Canada set to lead the way
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Change in Law Now under construction, a special change in law means this fantastic Vancouver building is about to claim the title of the world’s timber tower. When complete in 2017, the 18-storey (53m) tower, called Brock Commons, will house hundreds of students at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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Innovative Double Curved Timber Roof
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Award winning Zaha Hadid Architects chose structural timber to slot their advanced design into the very restricted site. Respecting the existing period buildings and landscape, its stainless-steel facade softly reflects natural light to echo the building’s context.

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How to Save Wooden Railway Sleepers from Decay
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Like other wood, sleepers decay naturally. Using the right kind of preservative can lengthen their lifespan. Full details in this blog:

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