2 Million Remedials Needed According to BRE Research, 2 million of the UK’s 9 million homes with cavity walls suffer wall tie corrosion. They need remedial wall tie replacement. Richard Walker of repair and preservation specialist firm Peter Cox explains how to identify and determine the extent of the problem and outlines the repair and […]
22 Year Deadline The UK government has announced that there will be no new petrol or diesel vehicles in the UK from 2040. According to RIBA’s ‘Practice News’, if you are not already including electric vehicle charging points in new buildings already – you should be.
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. .
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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+)