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Video: One Angel Square 

Video: One Angel Square

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: Energy efficiency and thermal comfort 

What is BIM?

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 ...


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BIM through the Plan of Work

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 ...

Which contract? Navigating your way through the procurement maze

7 October 2014

Knowing which contract to select for your project can often be a minefield. With over 200 standard building contracts to navigate through, it can be confusing as to which contract to use. This seminar has been carefully developed to help you make the right choice and select the most appropriate contract for your build. ... read more ...

NBS Live

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 ...


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BIM explained (part four)

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 COBie and unified Uniclass. read more ...

Brick shortages

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. However, the industry is facing an ironic problem, given its dependency on masonry; a shortage of bricks ... read more ...

Towards zero carbon

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 ...

Where are the women in construction?

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 ...


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NBS News


First speakers for ‘NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building’ conference announced

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 ...


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