BLOG from Howard Chapman, Editor of Buildingtalk
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And take a look at our Video of the Week that shows how offsite modular build is meeting the demand for new school places.
Check out the feature article about how Big Data could add £216 billion to the UK economy over 5 years. The construction sector is waking up to the potential for big sustainability, innovation and profitability gains. Huge amounts of data generated from concept to construction and throughout the complete building life-cycle can be combined with other data sets to take Smart Cities to another level. Embedded knowledge in infrastructure are also providing useful feedback on projects including heat monitoring and security information. And as IoT (the Internet of Everything) gains pace, productivity and innovation through collaboration will grow.
As Greece turns its back on austerity to embrace the consequences of bankruptcy, we ask if austerity in the UK is a good time for better public building design. Public sector expenditure makes up some 40% of the annual £110 billion spent of UK construction and, it is argued, better civic architecture design means better long term value.
Passive Houses are becoming increasingly popular but what does it really mean to own one? Michelle Sharp, from Zehnder Group UK, explores the benefits of the Passive House standard and explains why you should consider building one.
Includes why build a Passive house, life size Noahs Ark, is it terminal for Heathrow, and DECC money for heat network projects.
London Heathrow Airport said goodbye to Terminal 1 yesterday as it has come to the end of its life. A bit worrying as I was working at Terminal 1 as a young man back in the 60s – and where when I met my wife Carole. However, Heathrow may get the go-ahead for a new runway tomorrow, so perhaps a new lease of life for us all and maybe Ill find time for the honeymoon too.
Rocketing demand increases strain on construction industry, says KPMG
2nd July 2015
Richard Threlfall, head of infrastructure, building and construction at KPMG UK, comments on todays CIPS/Markit Construction PMI data.
ÒTodays figures confirm the acceleration in demand for UK construction. The industry will soon be running white hot, as housing, commercial and infrastructure demand are rising together.
ÒWhat we are seeing is very unusual. Private demand is rocketing in response to an improving economy and much stronger business confidence. And public demand is surging too, following the Governments post-election re-commitment to a huge infrastructure investment programme.
ÒThe critical question is, can the industry deliver? I am concerned it cannot. The industry is about to be engulfed in a tidal wave of work but its struggling already with a huge skills shortage, weak Tier 1 balance sheets, and a lack of investment in capacity. I expect a lot more industry trauma as this story plays out.Ó
Delta Electronics has launched the new M300 range of Drives, designed for the most basic to the most advanced applications.Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Building Systems, Hand Tools, Innovations & New Products, Plant, Equipment and Hire, Posts, Power Tools
In the latest issue of ABC&D, Metså Wood looks at further advancing the use of wood in mainstream construction with the sharing of knowledge and innovation.Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Systems, Features, Timber Buildings and Timber Products
IKO PLC’s ‘Fix that Hut’ scheme has seen Islington & Stoke Newington Sea Cadets centre donated more than 250 square metres of IKO enertherm PIR insulation to them.Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Insulation, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Roofs, Sustainability & Energy Efficiency
Aggregate Industries, a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, has acquired the aggregate and ready-mix concrete manufacturer, the Kendall Group.Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Regulations & Accreditations