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Hermetically sealed

The installation of airtight entrance and garage doors has helped deliver low U-values and a high standard of energy efficiency at a self-build property in Leicestershire. Building Products reports.

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Making the future

AMRC Factory 2050, the UK’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility for collaborative research, is set to become a new central hub for innovation in engineering. Building Products reports on the delivery of the building’s complex glazed envelope.

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Thermal comfort

A ‘whole-house’ approach to thermal comfort can enable the creation of energy efficient homes that achieve performance and not just compliance, as Rob Warren, head of technical at Celotex explains.

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IBI Group to design Aberystwyth Innovation Campus

IBI Group has been appointed to design the £40.5m Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus (AIEC), aimed at creating market-focused solutions for the agri-tech industry. Aberystwyth University will be collaborating with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to deliver the scheme, which will be designed to empower researchers to work more collaboratively and productively in a commercially focused environment. “The research carried out at Aberystwyth University is world leading,” said IBI Group’s Mark Drane. “We are very proud to be involved with such an exciting development and to be given the chance to design an innovative hub that will inspire successful collaborations between researchers and budding entrepreneurs.” Huw Watkins, AIEC project director, said: “We look forward to working closely with the team at IBI Group to progress the development of this exciting project and have already benefited from their approach, relevant experience and creativity.” The Campus will house a wide ...

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Zedfactory to unveil housing innovation at Ecobuild

Architecture firm Zedfactory is set to unveil a “ground-breaking” solution to the housing shortage at Ecobuild, according to the show’s organisers. The solution claims to require no land whilst offering zero energy bills and the ability to relocate the property in the future. Founded by Bill Dunster, OBE, Zedfactory are well-renowned as leaders in the field of zero-carbon design and development. Offering the full range of architectural services, from master-planning and design of large-scale ‘eco villages’ to one-off individual building commissions, the company has a unique track record of pioneering Zero (fossil) Energy Development (ZED) buildings in the UK. By looking at the way in which towns and cities grow and how the needs of their occupants change, coupled with unrivalled expertise in the creation of low energy buildings, Zedfactory have created a solution that could change the way the UK builds new homes. ZEDliving – which will be exclusively ...

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Prevention is the cure

Kevin O’Gorman, director of marketing at Grace Construction Products, examines the vital role external waterproofing membranes can play in protecting concrete structures.

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Brick Development Association rebuts brick shortage accusations

The Brick Development Association (BDA) has responded to what it sees as “highly misleading and unhelpful” comment from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Market research data released on 2 February indicated several areas of concern for the construction sector, amongst which was a lengthening of delivery times for building materials. The BDA has made this statement in order to “make it completely clear that brick production has risen significantly over the last two years.” Department for Business, Innovation and Skills figures, also released yesterday, point to brick production in December 2015 being 16% higher than in December 2014. The BDA challenged CIPS on its comment citing brick shortages as a particular issue, asking to see statistical evidence to support the claim. In response, the BDA was told: “We used the term bricks as generally representative of building materials as a sector. We see a shortage of various building materials ...

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Bad weather impacts winter construction starts

The construction sector is suffering from its worst winter since 2013, according to the latest figures released today by Glenigan. The value of new work starting on site fell by a marked 20% in the three month period to the end of January, compared to the same period of 2014/15. Office construction was the only sector of the industry to edge higher, with starts declining across residential, non-residential and civil engineering work. Glenigan’s monthly barometer of project starts has been in negative territory for eight out of the last 10 months. However, the latest figures give the strongest evidence yet that construction’s prospects have weakened markedly since this stage a year ago. Commenting on this month’s figures, Allan Wilén, Glenigan’s economics director, said: “The atrocious weather has clearly halted project starts.” “This has exacerbated an already evident softening in workloads, with new construction activity now in the worst period of decline ...

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Dispute resolution

Sarah Nolan, head of commercial law at QualitySolicitors Jackson Canter, discusses the problems that arise with contractors, how they can be remedied and why a good site or project manager is worth their weight in gold.

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