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.
How can we cut the environmental impact of one of construction's most prevalent building materials?
The WWF have published their second Timber Scorecard charting company's publicly-available timber buying policies and performance during 2015-16, and progress since the initial study back in 2015.
As households continue to gulp down power across a range of electrically-powered devices and with no sign of demand slowing is it time to consider home power cell solutions to meet future demand?
Graphene is no longer alone in the world of two-dimensional materials. We look at a new generation of materials that have the potential to revolutionise construction.
There's a packed events programme in store for the remainder of 2017. Don’t miss out on the best conferences, exhibitions, expos and networking events that can add value to your working life in the months ahead.
A new smart thermostat from Johnson Controls, GLAS, has some serious style credentials and offers voice control via Microsoft's Cortana.
We explore papercrete - an industrial-strength papier maché - for construction. Our guide focuses on its origins, key components and mixing, key characteristics and potential applications.
Wood: done good. A beautifully-illustrated, breathtaking, thought-provoking love letter to one of the most enduring construction materials. Join William Hall for a tour of the world's best timber architecture.
Procuring an electronic access control system is often way down the list of priorities when designing a new or, refurbishing an existing property; however, in this article we explore some important aspects to be considered when developing an access control strategy and highlight some of the pitfalls to be avoided if the optimum system is to be designed and installed.
Think of a skyscraper and you likely envisage a imposing monolithic structure made of steel and glass. Strong, sturdy, predictable. Dull? But a new wave of buildings are turning to a more traditional building material – timber – to deliver imaginative and eco-friendly projects, even at altitude.
Its versatility led to prevalence. We explore the toxic legacy left by asbestos, its impact on the construction industry, and explore precautions required when managing and working with asbestos.