Flood resilient new towns, Ecobuild previews + Teapot House for sale

  • 18 Feb 2014

Flood resilient new towns, Ecobuild previews + Teapot House for sale

We are expecting recriminations to rise as flood waters recede. However, what we really need is positive solutions to increasingly challenging weather patterns. Ed Milliband announced Labour plans for flood resilient new towns and garden cities around London. Let us know your ideas or if you have a new product that will make a difference.


I was at the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre in London last week for the latest briefing about Ecobuild 2014 which is on 3-4th March at ExCel in London. Launched a decade ago, Ecobuild brings the industry together to see the latest products that are helping create a sustainable built environment. It is also an opportunity to network and hear from industry experts, ministers and VIPs. Here is a link to more details.

Buildingtalk has already previewed a number of products at Ecobuild including a new UK hybrid solar panel;  thermally efficient windows; energy efficient boilers; and automatic air vent systems. If you are exhibiting at the show and have something new – do send us the details via [email protected]


Housebuilding continues to boost the UK construction output with private sector housebuilding up 5% in Dec, up 21.6% from year earlier. However, if want a real bargain, check out the photo of the Teapot House that is up for sale for just £10,000.





1] Ecobuild 2014 for all the latest in sustainable construction

2] Flood protection systems offer resilience to high pressures of water

3] Roofing membrane purifies harmful NOx particles and cuts air pollution  

4] Audit checks crucial when taking on new subcontractors for projects

 5] New legislation looming for visual alarm devices

 6] Kitchen price comparison website owners become a sponsor of iKBBI

7] Big stadiums and open spaces need big remedies for effective waste management

8] Rapid Mat enables immediate tiling and reduced application time

 9] Timber machine accurately measures large amounts of material

10] Polyethylene membrane designed for tile and natural stone applications


Inside the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre in London


1] Photovoltaic and green roof systems supplied for school redevelopment

2] Window range installed as part of energy saving measures scheme

3] Paint and woodcare specifications made easy with Dulux Creator tool

4] Pivot roof windows with bespoke flashings supplied to Highland cabins

 5] Wireless lock door system installed at German Olympic training centre

6] Guttering and Flushjoint Downpipe fitted at housing development

 7] Linear shower system designed to offer water tight solution

8] Secondary glazing with high performance seals installed at offices

 9] Roofing materials donated to Pilsdon for ‘Fix that Hut’ campaign

10] BIM objects for Polar Vision frameless glazed partitioning


Labour to build next generation of new towns & garden cities around London – flood resilient

Real-life ancient underwater city in China

Tests show new hybrid solar panel 4x more energy efficient than standalone solar PV

Housebuilding boosts UK construction output – Private sector housebuilding 5.1% in Dec, up 21.6% from year earlier

World record – largest cement pour has taken place with 82 million pounds worth of concrete poured in 18 hours 

Great briefing on Ecobuild 2014 at Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre 

Secret underground cold war bunker in Cornwall on sale for £50,000

West Ham FC sell Upton Park for ’East End Village’ redevelopment

Manchester City FC stadium to be second largest in Premier League, with 160 construction jobs created 

Construction is most confident sector of UK economy 

Dec output in construction up 2% on Nov 2013 growth driven by new housing, up 10.4%

UK set to be fastest growing western economy with 1.3% growth forecast for Q4

UK nuclear boosts EDF Energy profits – 8 power stations reinvested £3.5bn in UK in 3 yrs

Urban ninjas climb 2000 ft above ground at China’s tallest building 

Dam-building beavers could be answer to Britain’s flooding problems

TEAPOT HOUSE on sale for £10,000, a bargain

The world’s most unusually-shaped houses for sale

UK Treasury to get £60b European carbon taxes but won’t use it to reduce carbon via energy efficiency measures  

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