Technical content specialist at NBS
Jess (Jake) Sharman is a technical content specialist at NBS.
What are the main causes of injury, illness and death in the construction industry - and how can we avoid them?
Unlike with the current linear "take, make, dispose" economy model, in circular thinking materials, components and products are kept at their highest use and value at all time. The focus is on restoration, regeneration and reuse rather than disposal.
Silica is found in rocks, sands, stones, and clay. Exposure is commonplace in construction, especially with those working with products like brick and cement. While there are established health and safety rules concerning exposure, silica dust is still one of the most prevalent causes of respiratory disease, which tells us that there is more that needs to be done.
The UK construction industry has been championing lean construction for a few years now. While the uptake hasn’t been what was hoped for, as we continue to move towards a more collaborative way of working, adoption of lean should increase, as collaboration is at its core.
Windows are one of the most important elements of a building’s thermal envelope; providing aesthetics, letting in light, helping control sound, and serving as a means of natural ventilation. The history of windows is enmeshed in the history of architecture, and their evolving design is a tribute to not only architectural advancement, but to the progression of framing materials and glass manufacturing.