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underfloor air conditioning

Achieving design freedom with underfloor air conditioning

In practice, incumbent building services can help architects and designers overcome planning and structural constraints.
modular construction

Traditional vs modular: Deconstructing building methods

Traditional and modular construction are very different from one another. Premier Guarantee examines the pros and cons.
flood data

Using flood data to get a clearer picture of environmental risk

Flooding is considered a complex and technical area of environmental risk; however, with the flood data we have available today at our fingertips, it doesn’t have to be
ISO 45001

Finding your way to health and safety in construction

A path to ISO 45001 certification, an extensive range of public and in-house training courses, assessment tools and educational services.
BIM 360

What does the future of BIM collaboration look like?

There has been consistent and understandable hype regarding the develop­ment and future of BIM 360 providing a new lease of life.

Rainwater penetration and reducing heat loss

Peter Cox Ltd, the UK's leading Damp, Woodworm, Rot and Rising Damp specialists, details its masonry solution to reduce rainwater penetration and combat heat loss

Proptech: Opportunity or threat? Surveyors’ attitudes to adoption

Invest in proptech before you need to use it, advises Anthony Walker, Chief Executive at GoReport as he looks at surveyors’ attitudes to adoption.
site diary, Costain,

Case study: How Costain’s site engineers benefit from a digital site...

Having a detailed daily site diary is essential for any construction project in case there is a claim/dispute down the road. Paper diaries often take too much time to complete and are sometimes not accurate; a better option is using an app to record the day’s activities and observations on the go.
stormwater management

Making the most of SuDS

Martin Lambley, product manager for stormwater at Wavin, explains how the effective use of sustainable urban drainage solutions (SuDS) can support change in the ways we plan, design and build towns and cities.
asbestos risk

Health and safety expert discusses asbestos risk management in schools

Louise Hosking, a chartered health and safety practitioner and director of Hosking Associates, discusses the challenges involved in identifying and monitoring asbestos in schools.
Asbestos exposure, asbestos fibres

Dealing more effectively with the asbestos problem in our buildings

Charles Pickles of Lucion says the UK needs to bring its asbestos monitoring regulations in line with other countries who have more robust controls.
review of Building Regulations

Hackitt: Impossible to rule out another Grenfell without regulatory change

Dame Judith Hackitt, author of the independent review of Building Regulation and fire safety, has warned that without changes to the regulatory system, another tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire cannot be ruled out.

Structural engineers reach for the cloud

Cloud services and machine learning can help engineers boost productivity, performance and predictability. Raoul Karp and Kaustubh Page of Bentley Systems explain how.
BIM project

McAleer & Rushe delivers ahead of schedule for Belfast City Council

McAleer & Rushe’s first BIM project embraced software to overcome a tight schedule, design delays and complex works to set a high standard of planning excellence and delivery.
disabled drivers

Are city centres measuring up? Truly accessible parking is essential for...

The Centre for Accessible Environments discusses the findings of an audit in York that examined the provision of adequate, appropriate parking.
AI systems

Artificial Intelligence in construction

Professor Peter Debney of Oasys Software looks at how Artificial Intelligence is impacting the construction industry

Case study: A capital blueprint for modular success

An innovative partnership between award-winning architecture practice astudio and the London Borough of Dagenham & Barking is forging a blueprint for MMC housing development in London

MultiPly: American hardwood meets Arup’s engineered timber ambition

Andrew Lawrence of Arup describes London Design Festival's installation, The Smile, as among the most ambitious applications of cross-laminated timber.
offsite construction

Is the government embracing offsite construction?

The summer saw two key inquiries by Sir Oliver Letwin and the House of Lords put the spotlight on offsite construction as a way of closing the gap between housing production and the government’s target of 300,000 new properties a year. Tom Shaw, director at Ramboll, discusses their findings – and how the industry must respond

Driving innovation: A must for the engineering industry

Robert Plana of international engineering firm Assystem discusses the growing complexity of building and infrastructure projects.
waterproof concrete

The use of admixtures to waterproof concrete: Part 4

James McDonald of Cementaid discusses the various methods of testing the water permeability of concrete to consider when specifying a product.
cavity wall

The science behind the best insulation retrofits

Rob McCormack, director of Consultancy, Investigation, Training, discusses the key issues to address to ensure the successful installation of cavity wall insulation
offsite construction

Innovations in timber and offsite construction

Lewis Taylor of TRADA discusses the evolution of offsite timber frame construction into a fully modern method of delivering high quality, cost-effective and sustainable buildings
integrated security

Investigating integrated security at the design and planning stage

Stewart Liberatore, projects director at RWS discusses integrated security and working more closely with the design and planning process.
Offsite construction

Offsite construction bringing benefits onsite

As quality over cost becomes key driver, offsite manufacturing provides greater product assurances, says Adam Cafer, technical manager at Polypipe Terrain

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PBC Today November 2018