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The future of building is here!

Sips Eco is the UK’s premier award-winning Structural Insulated Panel manufacturer, designing and manufacturing highly energy efficient homes across the UK and Europe.
net zero buildings,

Net zero for existing buildings: Fabric First investigation

How can greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment be neutralised in order to meet the UK’s net zero ambitions?
Crossrail elizabeth line

[VIDEO] Crossrail starts train trials on Elizabeth Line

Crossrail has started the trial running of four trains an hour on the Elizabeth Line ahead of the scheduled opening of the railway in the first half of 2022.
modular building,

[VIDEO] Modular 10-storey building erected in one day

A Chinese modular construction specialist has erected a 10-storey apartment building in just over one day.
The Spine Liverpool,

[VIDEO] Morgan Sindall opens The Spine in Liverpool

Morgan Sindall Construction has completed The Spine, billed as one of the world’s healthiest buildings, in Liverpool. Watch the video here.
BIM for Building Renovation

BIM-SPEED launches BIM for Building Renovation competition

BIM-SPEED has launched the EU BIM for Building Renovation competition for design and construction professionals and students.

Modernising energy metadata to speed up the transition to net zero

Simon Evans of Arup and Gavin Starks of Icebreaker One discuss their work with Hippo Digital on the next phase of the government’s Energy Data Visibility Project, which aims to accelerate the journey towards net zero by improving access to energy metadata.
PBC Today August 2021

PBC Today August 2021

Welcome to the August edition of PBC Today, which explores everything from climate risk in the built environment, carbon reduction and net zero ambitions to calls for a radical new national housing policy, how the industry can cope with material shortages and the case for incentivising MMC.
Procurement, decarbonising, built environment,

How government procurement can shape a net zero built environment

New research argues that governments must use their procurement power to green the built environment. Samuel Harrison, research fellow at StateUp, takes a look.

Housebuilding sector shows resilience despite new challenges

A recent poll by structural warranty provider LABC Warranty found that the availability of land – for so long the number one hurdle for housebuilders to leap – no longer features in the top three challenges the construction sector faces.

Net zero: COP26 is not the final destination

We should be proud of our net zero efforts, but we must not rest on our laurels, argues Andy Mitchell, co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

Modular building: Shaping a sustainable future

According to the UKGBC, around 400m tonnes of materials are used by the UK construction industry each year. New eco-friendly building techniques such as modular construction are predicted to play a key role in reducing the carbon footprint of the sector and improving its sustainability credentials. Jackie Maginnis, chief executive of the MPBA, makes a case for modular in shaping a more sustainable future.
Commercial buildings, Canary Wharf London

What does lower occupancy mean for the future of commercial buildings?

London’s Canary Wharf, home to the European headquarters of Barclays, Citigroup, HSBC and many other businesses is currently operating at 10% capacity, with most employees working from home. To put that in perspective, that’s about 12,000 people of the total 125,000 workforce using the commercial buildings.

OPEN BIM is key to the future of the building industry

OPEN BIM offers a more democratic and flexible approach to delivering buildings, bringing significant added value to clients.
Real-time insight

Real-time insights: Accelerating a new era of smarter construction

Brandon Oliveri-O’Connor, senior director of EMEA at Procore, looks at how unlocking real-time insight can better harness data and accelerate a new era of smarter construction.
housing policy,

ADEPT: Why we need a radical new housing policy

In May 2021, the ADEPT published a new Housing Policy Position, calling for a radical, far-reaching national housing policy to be introduced. Paula Hewitt, the new president of ADEPT, explains why.
Domus Ventilation, Indoor air quality, air pollution, indoor environment,

Mechanical ventilation’s role in improving indoor air quality

With concerns over indoor virus transmission and the health impacts of air pollution, as well as condensation, mould and overheating, ventilation has become a key concern in our buildings. Paul Williams of Domus Ventilation looks at how to improve indoor air quality.
Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation

Creating a digitally enabled estate – in Antarctica

The team working on the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme is taking on a unique test. Andy Krebs, digital strategy lead at Ramboll, explains how digital is helping to deliver.

Offsite Expo: A masterclass in advanced building technology

Bringing together the sector’s most influential innovators, Offsite Expo provides unparalleled access to a wealth of industry intelligence and offsite expertise. Leading multidisciplinary offsite specialists from Cogent Consulting have played a central role in developing the Masterclass speaker programme – here, managing director Darren Richards shares a few of the many highlights.

Flat out on flat roofs: Adjustable fasteners and heat induction innovations

As construction gets back to work post-Covid, roofing installers and contractors will be asked to work more efficiently. The fastening solutions they choose can make all the difference to this effort, as explained by Martyn Holloway, business development manager – flat roof at SFS.
hospital construction,

Hospital construction: It’s been a difficult time…

The need for science, healthcare and hospitals is at an all-time high as a result of Covid-19. To meet the critical demand, the healthcare construction sector stepped up – even with construction teams facing bottlenecks, supply shortages and unpredictable delivery schedules. The remedy? BIM.
Planning reform, planning bill

Planning reform and environmental objectives: Collaboration or collision?

Can the government’s much-anticipated planning reforms speed up development while maintaining environmental protections or are we set on a collision course between competing priorities?
Climate adaptation, climate change, climate risk

Feeling the heat: How prepared are our buildings for a changing...

The third Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk from the Climate Change Committee has warned that a lack of action on climate adaptation is heightening the danger of financial and societal costs in the future. Hannah Jane and Kai Liebetanz of the UK Green Building Council argue that the UK needs an ambitious and detailed adaptation plan now.
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Sustainable timber construction: Why the UK needs to be all in

Timber’s green credentials mean the UK has to get fully behind its wider adoption for sustainable construction, says Malcolm Thomson of Scotframe.
Rammed earth

Technical construction update: Bricks, rammed earth

This technical update by Premier Guarantee provides additional guidance on the use of bricks, rammed earth.
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StormMeister ECO: An eco-friendly, long-lasting timber flood door

Sustainability is crucial in building a greener world for future generations without depleting finite natural resources. Founded in 2010, StormMeister Flood Protection aimed to solve the problems presented by conventional flood doors, which are difficult to operate.

PBC Today August 2021