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"A matter of absolute urgency"
Around 600 high rises across England are using similar cladding to Grenfell Tower, says Downing Street. Tower blocks across the UK are being examined after the London blaze, which left 79 people dead or missing, presumed dead. Read the full article here.
HS2 commitment confirmed
Powers to build the second phase of the HS2 high-speed rail line have been included in the Queen's Speech. Timetables for passing laws have been disrupted by the unexpected General Election, and achieving the new laws set out in this year’s speech will cover two years of Parliamentary time. Read the full article here.
Heatwave generates ‘solar surge’
The heatwave which has baked much of the UK this week generated enough energy to power every home in London. During the hottest part of Monday 8.4GW of solar energy powered electricity was supplied to the national grid. Read the full article here.
Petrol stations to go electric
Petrol stations and motorway services will be required to install electric charge points, under plans outlined in the Queen's Speech. The measure forms part of a government push to increase the number of electric vehicles on UK roads. Read the full article here.
Timber systems join BIM Store – LINK TO BIM @UKCW
The UK’s first timber frame building information modelling (BIM) library has been opened after 12 months of development work. BIM is a collaborative design, construction and sales process which use BIM objects to create 3D models of a project across multiple professions and trades. Read the full article here
CIOB to investigate build quality
Commission of Past Presidents formed to investigate build quality in construction, and what needs to be done to address it. The creation of the council comes on the back of the report into the defects that led to the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh earlier this year. Read the full article here
Know your EPC rating?
With one in six commercial properties unlikely to meet new legislations, knowing your current EPC rating is of utmost importance. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A to G, this is required when a building is constructed, sold or let. Read the full article here
76% of workers “love” their jobs
A survey revealed 76% claim to “love” or “really like” their jobs, and see it as a long-term career. A survey of 1,220 workers, commissioned to mark the launch of the One4all Spotlight Awards, has revealed almost 1 in 3 (30%) of workers in the trades and construction sector enjoy their job. Read the full article here
The world’s smartest
From Oslo to Singapore – a countdown of the world's smartest cities. With the rise of smart cities and an increased focus on sustainability, companies have been tasked with finding solutions to lower carbon emissions in construction works. Read the full article here
Wonder what it costs
How much would it cost to build the world's greatest wonders today? Firstly, a word of warning: always take quotes for big building projects with a pinch of salt. Remember the Channel Tunnel? That was supposed to cost less than £5 billion. Read the full article here