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“Good enough not good enough”
Government urged to “step up” and cover cost of council block fire safety improvements in wake of Grenfell disaster. Councillors in Brent voted to finance sprinklers, smoke detectors and fire alarms for high-rise blocks across the borough. Read the full article here.
Building Safety Workshops
UK Construction Week to subsidise series of free CPD certified workshops on safety, quality and fire prevention in buildings. In light of recent tragic events, safety, quality and fire prevention in buildings has become a topic for national debate.. Read the full article here.
Turnkey prototypes unveiled
Legal & General has revealed its first turnkey modular housing prototype that it plans to put into production next year. The prototype – a two-storey, two-bedroom house made with cross laminated timber – has been assembled outside L&G’s 51,000 m2factory in Selby. Read the full article here.
Solar tops smart home tech poll
E.ON survey finds four in ten homeowners want solar panels or battery storage systems by the end of the decade. The survey of 2,000 homeowners conducted by utility E.On found that when asked about the types of smart technologies they would want in their homes. Read the full article here.
Helmets hold worker credentials
Civil engineering firm prints QR codes on hard hats containing worker qualifications and credentials. Scanning the QR (quick response) code with a smart phone gives access to personnel files with proof of identity, training history, medical details and emergency next-of-kin contract details. Read the full article here
CLT chosen for Maggie’s Oldham
Maggie’s Oldham, the world’s first building made from hardwood cross-laminated timber (CLT), has opened in the UK. This pioneering piece of permanent architecture is constructed from more than 20 panels of five-layer CLT American tulipwood, ranging in size from 0.5 to 12m-long. Read the full article here
How housing needs are changing
Jim Laird, Chief Executive of Flooring Republic, examines the changing needs of the property market and its impact construction. As we move away from the 20th century ‘nuclear family’ dynamic at home and into a multicultural age of diversity. Read the full article here
Enter the Dragon
Welsh carpenter single-handedly fabricates dragon-inspired cabin for Channel 4’s ‘Cabins in the Wild’ competition. Judged in Wales’ picturesque Snowdonia, the entrants were briefed to design a cabin that exuded traditional Welsh elements and Carwyn Lloyd Jones’ Dragon’s Eye design. Read the full article
World’s first horizontal-vertical lift installed in German test tower. The world’s first rope-less, horizontal-vertical lift has been installed inside a purpose-built innovation test tower in Germany.
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Age-old secret revealed
Science uncovers secret of ancient Rome’s Indestructible concrete. Hailed as the world’s strongest, the properties of Roman concrete has long puzzled scientists and engineers who couldn’t fully explain why it remained so remarkably strong. Read the full article here