Greater Flexibility Glulam allows designers the freedom of a wider range of forms and combinations than other materials. For instance, columns that branch out like trees support the roof of a spa at Bad Dürrheim in Germany..
A look back at the most influential timber towers that have already been built and forward to those we will see in the near future.
The resurgence of prefabricated Timber Frame housing continues to gather pace with the news that Richard Rogers’ practice is to design 40 new council houses for Newham and low-cost rented accommodation for the YMCA using a panel system that can be erected in 24 hours. A demonstration of the model is being built over the […]
A new type of type of factory-built house, which its inventor claims will “disrupt the convention of house building in the UK”, is to be launched in the UK in October. Stephen McCready, a former developer in Northern Ireland and pioneer of carbon neutral housing, has been backed by a Swiss investor to bring a […]
Welcome to the first edition of SIP NEWS – the new interactive magazine from the UK SIP Association This issue is full of information about our latest member projects/case studies, technical bulletins…
Government-commissioned plans for Shanghai Expo site show next generation of pavilions in major redevelopment scheme
Houses constructed from straw and hemp could become commonplace following the unveiling of a prototype scheme at the University of Bath. The BaleHaus@Bath, officially opened by Kevin McCloud, is constructed from prefabricated panels made of a structural t
Brick constructions are generally considered to be less than green, but this might be about to change in the light of new research in Europe which has thrown added biomass into the equation. Teams working together at the Schools of Architecture at the Uni
Out on a limb with a mouth full of nails, one dad suspends a shack 7 feet above his backyard. Here’s how you can make a world-class backyard tree house.
A cursory survey of the case studies that have appeared in H&R over the past 18 months provides interesting results. Blockwork homes had an average build cost of £1,338/m²; timber frame (we included oak, but not SIPS in the survey) came in at £1,285/m².
TRADA Technology is publishing a new best practice guide, ‘Low energy timber frame buildings: designing for high performance’, second edition, to demonstrate how buildings can be designed and constructed for energy efficiency. Written by former TRADA architect Geoffrey Pitts, and with TRADA Technology’s Robin Lancashire as advisory editor, the manual underlines the important role designers […]