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Banana & Potato Buildings
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Waste Not …. A new Arup report predicts that organic waste, like bananas, potatoes and maize could be used as building materials. It claims this would help tackle the global problem of rising levels of waste and depleted resources. In the UK alone, construction accounts for 60% of all raw materials consumed. .

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Castle Calls for Better Productivity – ‘New Build UK’ Chairman urges
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Productivity must be top priority Construction productivity must improve if the industry is to make a success of new infrastructure projects – and Brexit, argues Mark Castle, COO of Mace and Chair of New Build UK. In his view, anyone who has worked in the UK construction sector can’t have missed that we have a […]

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Car Space Micro Apartment – Finnish architect design
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Build Overnight Tikku is a single parking space sized micro-apartment. The Finnish architect, Marco Casagrande of Casagrande Laboratory, claims it can be built in just one night.

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20,000 refugee homes in Kenya – Japanese architect design
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Tokyo architect Best known for his work with low-cost materials like cardboard and shelters for disaster victims, Shigeru Ban has signed an agreement to design up to 20,000 homes for people in the Kalobeyei Refugee Camp in Kenya. His involvement came after hearing of the immense challenges facing humanitarian agencies in providing shelter to tens […]

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Multi-Generational Living – NHBC Foundation 11/07/17
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Growing Trend + Practical Benefits NHBC Foundation’s recent report identifies a growing trend towards multigenerational living, and a range of practical benefits that could have wide resonance with the public. It analyses recent evidence on the scale and character of multigenerational households in the UK, and gives detailed insights from those who have experienced this […]

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Changing the Industry Starts with Off-Site – Mark Farmer, Construction Leadership Council
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Modernise or Die The Executive Summary to the Farmer Report “Modernise or Die” stated that: The construction industry and the clients that rely on it are at a critical juncture and it is time to review the seriousness of the future outlook. Deep-seated problems have existed for many years and are well known and rehearsed, […]

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Each Home Counts – Bonfield Report – Review of Home Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
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In December 2016 Dr Peter Bonfield of BRE published his independent review for the Secretaries of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), now part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). It had been jointly commissioned by them to […]

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Happy Workers think Small is Beautiful – survey by the Supply Chain School
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Love it or Hate it At the end of last year a survey of construction workers showed less than one in four would recommend their place of work to family or friends. However, those working for smaller companies were happier than those at larger organisations.

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Wearable Site Technology – the future for construciton workers
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Stronger, Safer, More Productive Operatives According to Sonia Mokdad, marketing executive at Geniebelt, a construction project management app developer “Wearable technology is set to enhance strength, safety, productivity, communication and vision on site” (Sonia Mokdad, BIM+)

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Germans Target Electric Charging  – collaboration with US Ford
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Long Range Travel Goal Aiming to drive the mass adoption of electric vehicles, Germany’s biggest car makers and Ford of the US have formed a joint venture pledging to create the highest-powered charging-station network in Europe. Their goal is to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicles with up to 400 ultra-fast charging sites at […]

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‘Vertical Village’ for Antwerp – Danish Architect 15,000m2 scheme
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Creating a Social, Elevated Community Aiming to redefine the apartment block as a “social, elevated community”, Danish architect CF Møller’s 15,000 square metre tower breaks with the traditional multi-storey building, which isolate residents. Instead it is designed as a “sustainable, collectively-oriented community in which social encounters are created using a wide range of architectural features”

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