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The Co-op’s recently opened £100m headquarters, One Angel Square, has a BREEAM 'outstanding' rating. This programme explores how this was achieved. watch now ... 'Video: One Angel Square'
Key research on the impact of energy efficiency strategies - such as the installation of insulation, draught-proofing and boiler upgrades - in low-income houses. watch now ... 'Video: Energy efficiency and thermal comfort'
BIM involves generating a visual model of a building which also manages data about it, at the design stage, throughout the construction phase and during its working life. read more ... 'What is BIM?'
24 September 2014
This conference will will guide you through the RIBA Plan of Work, detailing how to implement and execute a BIM strategy, from the beginning of a project through to its completion. ... read more ...
Digital Thinking, Smart Building – 4 November 2014
Following on from its successful launch in 2013, the RIBAJ and NBS are teaming up to create and produce another one-day conference that will provide you with the support, content and information you need to excel in your profession ... read more ...
The Government's controversial 'Help to Buy' scheme seems to have brought the UK housebuilding market back to life, following an extremely difficult few years. Housebuilders have seen their order books swell dramatically in the past year, and the outlook for the construction industry generally seems to be improving. However, the industry is facing an ironic problem, given its dependency on masonry; a shortage of bricks. ... read more ... on 'Brick shortages'
Building Information Modelling (BIM) helps all construction service providers to apply the same design approach to building and infrastructure projects – in effect, creating designs with intelligent objects. This article discusses the Avanti project and the Construction Project Information Committee (CPIC). read more ... on 'BIM explained (part one) '
The government has recently published its reply to the consultation document 'Next step to zero carbon homes – Allowable solutions'. This reply details the probable future policy in relation to 'allowable solutions 'for new build homes in the UK. That reply document is briefly discussed here. read more ... on 'Towards zero carbon'
What are the reasons why women are not attracted, or perhaps more correctly, find themselves deterred from joining the UK’s largest commercial sector, even though it is predicted to generate over 150,000 jobs in the next few years? read more ... on 'Where are the women in construction?'
A diverse mix of industry experts, from both within and outside construction, will lead the speaker line up at this year’s NBS Live conference ... read more ... on 'First speakers for ‘NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building’ conference announced'