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06 Jun 2019
With Parliament passing a motion declaring a climate emergency, the UKGBC has launched a framework to deliver net-zero built environment emissions; a move that ties in with their work to promote a circular economy in construction.
06 Jun 2019
Ribbed slabs have started to be more popular again after many years when they were somewhat out of fashion. About fifteen years ago, I was working on a PFI hospital project where we, as the structural engineers, had proposed a ribbed slab.
12 Mar 2019
Material efficiency can be defined simply as doing more with less. The target is to use less material resources in the most sustainable way whilst minimising the environmental impact and at the same time addressing the application of circular economy outcomes by extracting maximum value by providing buildings, infrastructure, resources and materials that maximise long term use.
11 Mar 2019
Thermal mass is a concept in building design that describes how the mass of the building provides inertia against internal temperature fluctuations. This is typically achieved through its ability to absorb unwanted heat during the day and then release it at night with the help of ventilation from cool night air.
14 Feb 2019
This week saw evidence published in the journal of Biological Conservation that shows an alarming trend of insect species decline which, that left unchecked, could cause a collapse of the world’s ecosystems.
20 Nov 2018
Stripping combustible cladding from high-rise buildings is a visible commitment to change by the government and the construction industry. However, the recently announced ban is only the first step towards creating safer building regulations.
14 Nov 2018
Our overall message on sustainability is about resilience. We provide a really robust, flexible shell-and-core model that can be adapted to suit different tenants.
09 Nov 2018
Next week is London Flood awareness week and it got me thinking about my own situation and response to a potential flood. I live in central London and so, for now at least, feel well protected by the Thames barrier from any large-scale tidal flooding event.
08 Nov 2018
Water damage is the number one cause of property insurance claims in the UK – which is perhaps why 87% of respondents to the survey viewed ood resilience as an important factor in the choice of a new home.
29 Oct 2018
For a design museum, it is ironic that so much of the groundbreaking design of Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee – from the formwork to the reinforcement – will never be seen. Tony Whitehead finds out what lies behind this extraordinary structure.