Swedes ‘Capture the Sun’ In a research paper published in the March edition of Energy & Environmental Science, Professor Kasper Moth Poulsen, of Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, explains: “The dream is to create a universal solar battery that releases heat on demand.”
Fixing our Broken Housing Market This is the title of the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) White Paper, issued on 7th February 2017. Highlighting a path to improve housing supply, it implicitly criticises the construction industry’s failure to deliver. While recognising some of the industries risks, it fails to show how these may […]
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.
Cowboy Clients The media is often keen to criticise ‘Cowboy Builders’, but little is heard about Cowboy Clients – those that enter into a project and contract without the wherewithal to discharge their obligations, taking advantage of the trust and honour of many good quality building contractors and putting them and their workforce at risk. […]
A water-saving faucet to control a fast hot water mini-recirculation loop. Save WATER and save ENERGY. To make available the hot water at the faucet you can either waste 40 L of water per day in the sink while you are waiting for hot water, or not wait for hot water but waste 10 KWh […]
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.
Reuters Reports Phase Change in UK Home Building Disclosing that the prospect of Brexit choking off the supply of EU workers is reshaping Britain’s homebuilding industry. Esha Vaish reports that Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and Your Housing are among the many leading housebuilders who have told Reuters they are either planning new developments of prefabricated […]
Tougher Sentencing Guidelines Start to Bite As prosecutions hit companies across the board, Helen Devery of risk lawyers BLM has warned the industry needs to become more aware of the new HSE sentencing guidelines. Fines for construction companies have hit more than £12.6m since February 2016. Turnover Related Fines As noted by CIOB Construction Manager, […]
THE NEW CIOB ACADEMY IS HERE! Following its successful launch at the London Gherkin on 13 December 2016, the CIOB Academy is now well and truly up and running!
Expectations Regained Across Construction According to the RICS Q4 2016 survey, following a dip at the time of the EU referendum, expectations for output growth have strengthened for the second consecutive report.
2017 will be Hugely Significant Two major announcements:- – a swathe of new brownfield starter homes. – £7Bn funds for a “dramatic expansion” for affordable housing. Local authorities and housing associations are, no doubt, hard at work on a fresh set of applications.