JULY 8 | BUILDING PRODUCTS
Until not so long ago, the concept of objects
communicating with us – and even each other, was
the stuff of sci-fi fantasy, but with the amount of
‘smart’ products increasing rapidly, this world of
‘talking’ toasters and the like is fast becoming a reality.
From farming to pharmaceuticals, the connection of
computing devices embedded into everyday objects, enabling
them to send and receive data – known as the ‘internet of
things’ (IoT), is infi ltrating every industry and the construction
sector is no exception.
IoT devices can share information to help us work more
effectively, whether that’s in the form of ‘big data’ and
learning trends, safety and environmental issues or predictive
The IoT is increasingly mentioned on the pages of Building
Products, and in this issue you can read about its impact on
washrooms and the water management sector (see page 18).
So, with our reliance on the digital world growing
ever-stronger, it’s no surprise that the recent Construction
Sector Deal has been heralded as a ‘bytes and mortar’ smart
The £420m investment in digital design and new
technologies aims to ‘transform’ the construction sector
through collaboration with the manufacturing, energy and
digital industries, improving productivity in order to build
safer, healthier and more affordable places to live and learn
that use less energy.
According to the government, the landmark deal will help
reduce build times by 50%, boosting its ambition to deliver
1.5 million new homes by 2022, and you can read more about
it in this week’s news section (see page 7).
Off-site manufacturing is another area that is integral to the
Construction Sector Deal and this is something that is also in
focus for many of our contributors this month (see pages 59
I hope you enjoy the issue and if you have any comments
or suggestions with regard to future issues of Building
Products, I would love to hear from you.
Sophie Stevens, Editor
Head Offi ce
Hawley Mill, Hawley Road,
Dartford, Kent, DA TJ
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