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Grenfell-style cladding fails official fire test
An official test of the types of materials used at Grenfell Tower suggest that designs like that used in the tower's cladding are fundamentally flawed, Newsnight can reveal. A so-called "fire test" is intended to establish whether a design would withstand fire if installed perfectly. The Grenfell cladding has been blamed for the fire's rapid spread. Read the full article here.
New diesel and petrol cars to be banned from 2040 in UK
New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government has announced. Ministers have also unveiled a £255m fund to help councils tackle emissions, including the potential for charging zones for the dirtiest vehicles. Read the full article here.
£246m to help UK run on batteries
The UK aims to spend £246m ($320m) over four years to fund research on batteries. The plan is to boost the UK’s progress on electric vehicle technology and even help its grid cope with the intermittency of solar and wind power, capacity for which is growing fast. Read the full article here.
Leasehold ban for new builds
The government has announced radical new proposals that will see a crackdown on abuses of the leasehold system, designed to deliver a fairer and more transparent system for homebuyers. The move was announced by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, and applies to new build houses, lifting anxiety from homebuyers on costs and resale values. Read the full article here.
Better building design worth £20bn to GDP
New research carried out by Atkins and Imperial College has found buildings more thoughtfully designed around people's needs could improve performance and help to tackle the UK's productivity gap. Read the full article here
Royal Mail's latest stamp collection celebrates the UK's "Renaissance of contemporary architecture"
Zaha Hadid's London Aquatics Centre, EMBT's Scottish Parliament and Haworth Tompkins's Stirling-Prize-winning Everyman Theatre are just some of the landmark buildings featured on a new set of UK stamps dedicated to contemporary architecture. Read the full article here
Architectural Technology Awards Event
Showcasing the technology of architecture at its best, the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologist’s Architectural Technology Awards event will be held in East London on 15 September 2017. Read the full article here
Y pavilion in Finland reveals the possibilities of wood in modern construction
Located on a green island just a few kilometers from helsinki is the open-air museum of seurasaari, displaying the traditional finnish way of life. It features cottages, farmsteads and manors of the past four centuries that have been relocated from all around the country. Read the full article
Sydney's sirius building saved from demolition in "Triumph for brutalism"
One of Sydney's only examples of brutalist architecture has been given a second chance, after a court ruled against the government decision not to heritage list it. Read the full article here