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Under the spotlight: Top construction trends

Technology is having a profound impact on the construction industry as it embraces innovative and disruptive technologies that were once thought to be science-fiction. Here we take a look at the trends shaping the industry and how companies are staying on top by adopting the latest cutting-edge techniques
Environmentally friendly construction

Environmentally friendly construction: What is it and why should we be paying it attention?

Within the next 20 years, it is estimated that as a planet, we will reach our peak capacity for oil consumption. As global production of all oil decreases, demand continues to increase, and this is no different when it comes to the construction industry
framework providers

LHC frameworks: Helping you navigate the procurement minefield

Ian Brown, Client Support Manager for LHC’s north region, shares his views on why framework providers, LHC’s partnerships work.
Energy-positive office

Turning buildings into power stations: The UK’s first energy-positive office

Dr Justin Searle, technology director of the SPECIFIC Innovation & Knowledge Centre at Swansea University, discusses a project that is harnessing technology to create ‘enery-positive’ structures

CIOB launch new MOOC on sustainable development

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Academy is launching a new massive open online course (MOOC) on sustainable development
timber buildings

The ‘Mass Timber Revolution’ is Coming

Premier Guarantee review the use of mass timber in construction in the United States to its recent adoption in London
Modern methods of construction

Modern methods of construction could create £40bn export market

According to consultancy and construction firm, Mace, the UK could create a new £40bn a year global export market if it establishes the country as a leader in Modern Methods of Construction
self build

Thoughts that keep every self builder up at night

Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer from More4’s ‘Building the Dream’ and guest expert at The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show (21-23 September, ExCeL, London), shares his challenges around self building and offers tips on how to overcome them from his experience of being sleepless in the Cotswolds, fretting about his own new project.

‘Green steel’ to disrupt building approach

Steel and mining multinational ArcelorMittal has launched a "radical and disruptive" new concept for the use of steel in construction, designed to cut costs and environmental impact of building construction
dry fix

Remaining dry during stormy weather

Dry fix solutions have been around for decades but it is only in recent years that demand for the product has reached sky high. Mark Parsons, Technical Director at Russell Roof Tiles takes a look at why dry fix has seen such significant growth recently within the construction industry
nano platelets

Vegetables could make concrete stronger & environmentally friendly

Engineers at Lancaster University are working with industrial partners at Cellucomp Ltd UK to research how concrete mixtures can be strengthened and made more environmentally friendly by adding ‘nano platelets’ extracted from the fibres of root vegetables
sustainable development

Property Company celebrates sustainable development on World Environment Day

Sustainable innovation in the built environment has received a lot of attention recently with many experts suggesting that, in order to be successful, sustainability must become part of the culture of a business and be embedded into business systems

Scientists use domestic waste for greener roads

Scientists at Aston University in Birmingham have developed a way to transform ordinary domestic waste into material suitable for laying roads and pavements

Laing O’Rourke completes first phase of Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

Construction firm Laing O’Rourke has successfully handed over the first phase of the new £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at The University of Manchester

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