Highly Acclaimed Massive Open On-line Course The newly launched CIOB Academy notched up an industry first when it launched its’ massive open online course (MOOC) on ethics and compliance. Tailor made for construction professionals, the free 5 week interactive course ran for 5 weeks from the end of January and was open to anyone working […]
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. […]
BitCoin Explained Bitcoin is a method of recording any form of transaction across a peer-to-peer network of computers worldwide. It uses ‘Blockchain’ as its software platform. This stores data on “blocks”, bound cryptographically together into a “chain”. This digital ledger cannot be altered, only added to, and anyone on the network can access the latest […]
Leading Scottish roofing and cladding contractor Curtis Moore has been named TeamKal Contractor of the Year 2017. The award was given at the TeamKal Conference in Chester on the 8th of June, where Curtis Moore also picked up 2 other awards – Best Refurbishment Project in Kalzip with their Odeon Cinema Glasgow Quay project, and […]
The Attraction of iridescent Blue The Blue Morpho Didius butterfly uses the striking colour on the top of its wings to improve its chances of mating (the underside is dull brown and covered in 14 fake eyes to put off predators). However, the colour comes from cone-shaped structures that scatter light to create a vivid […]
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.
20 Minute Business Inspiration ‘Twentisphere’ is an environment to encourage, educate and inspire business leaders. Starting with a weekly podcast, TwentiSphere are seeking to grow a business community that is interested in sharing excellence. Listen to these easy to ‘tune in’ podcasts on the drive to or from work, on the train, over lunch, or […]
Want a new employee to truly hit the ground running? You work hard to find, interview, and hire the right employees. They have great skills, great experience, and great attitude. So once they’re hired and in the door, all you need to do is set them loose, right? Not so fast. Knowing how to do […]
Worse Year for Accidents Nearly half of all small refurbishment projects inspected by the HSE in 2016 fell below standards in health and safety, worse than last year’s inspection. Notes published at the end of last year revealed that inspectors visited a total of 1,840 sites and inspected 2,235 contractors in June/July and October/November in […]
Planning Resources Lacking At the end of 2016, a joint research report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) found that nearly 90% of local authorities believe that the government’s housing targets will be impossible to meet due to a lack of planning resources.