UKCW 2018


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Planning permission waiting time increases by 6%
New figures reflect numbers of planning permissions for homes rose 6% on a year earlier, as housing measures continue to turn the market around with new builds for hard workers and first time buyers. The number of major applications being processed quickly by local authorities is at an all time high with a record 81% decided within the required time. The number of planning permissions granted for homes in 2015 was the highest since 2007. Read more via UK Construction Media


RobotUnderfloor robot slashes cost of installing insulation
Robots are being used by a growing number of housing associations to apply insulation foam to the underside of floorboards in domestic homes. The Q-Bot machine makes retrofitting of older homes cost effective. Up to a quarter of total heat loss in existing homes can be attributed to suspended timber floors. The system is being used by a growing number of clients including Camden Council, Cardiff City Council, CityWest Homes, Islington Council and Peabody. Read more via Construction Enquirer


MaterialsOrganic materials could change skylines for the better
Scientists like Dr Michelle Oyen, a bioengineer at Cambridge University are currently busy growing new materials that could cut carbon emissions for the future of construction. Oyen stated: “I’ve been saying for years that we should be building materials out of bone or egg shell that is grown in labs,” Read more via The Memo


Apprenticeships resource pack launched
A new apprenticeships resource pack has been released as individuals, businesses and organisations get ready to celebrate the benefits of on-the-job training. The pack has been put together in the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week, which will see hundreds of special events taking place throughout England between March 14 and 18. Read more via CITB


zerobillsZero costs to heat homes and cars
Imagine a flat-pack house that won't cost a penny to heat or light and that can even charge your electric car for free. A new zero-carbon show home that's been built at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford offers just that for only £129,600. Zedfactory's Zero Bills house can make and store all the electricity it needs from a solar-panelled roof and energy storage system - saving the average householder £1,300 on home energy bills and £1,000 on fuel for the car. Read more via AOL


diversityTackling the diversity gender gap
Following from last week’s Diversity in Construction video, Energy supplier, SSE, highlights key diversity challenges within employment during International Women’s day. Just 15% of industry jobs are held by women and only 4% are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. Businesses need to be more reflective of the society they serve but currently not enough women in the UK are choosing careers in engineering or in technical operational roles. Read more via the SSE website


manchesterManchester residents offered to plan layout of new homes
Residents were invited to plan the layouts of these new homes in Manchester, England, as part of a pioneering housing project by property developer Urban Splash and architecture office ShedKM. Each house looks the same from the outside, but the internal layouts range greatly. Residents can choose between open-plan or more traditional room-based layouts, specify the number of bedrooms, and select whether living rooms are upstairs or downstairs. Read more via Dezeen


HorseracingRacing to win design competition
NOW Architects and Grimshaw have been appointed to design a new home for horseracing in South Korea. The winning design and master plan details a 148 hectare park that combines a comprehensive new racecourse with a family park featuring a wide range of equine-themed sports, activities and outdoor attractions. Read more via World Architecture News


LightwellLighting the way ahead
The Amsterdam streetlight systems manufacturer Lightwell will launch the LightMotion, a spectacular new Smart City Hub, at the Light + Building trade fair (13-18 March) in Frankfurt. It won't only city WiFi and CCTV, but also sensors and even an EV-charge station. The LightMotion, designed and created is considered a giant step in Smart City development. Read more via World Architecture News

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