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23 February 2017 | by

Typical concrete comprises cement, water, gravel and sand. While this mixture makes the substance hard and strong, it does not promote flexibility. Thus concrete is brittle and prone to cracks if too much weight is applied. What if it could be more bendable?

01 March 2015 | by

We review progress on Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Building Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) and eye future potential.

09 September 2016 | by

A new project to transform building facades into ‘biological computers’ made up of ‘digestive’ bricks that can create useful products from waste has been launched at Newcastle University.

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22 October 2014 | by

We will visit Hoare Lea’s new offices, where they have invested heavily in new designed lighting systems and techniques that enhance energy use and lower costs, while providing a better psychological environment for staff.

01 April 2014 | by

A new wave of off-site construction is bringing new efficiencies to housebuilders' bottom lines by delivering eco-friendly homes in double quick time, as Sean Smith, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction at Edinburgh Napier University, explains.

19 November 2013 | by

This programme will be of benefit to architects, structural engineers, project managers and construction specialists who wish to understand how concrete can be used on walls, columns, slabs and ceilings as a specified architectural finish.

02 September 2013 | by

As well as looking at the properties of rammed earth, or pise, this programme asks whether concrete should be added as a stabiliser, the issue of cost, and along the way we look at some high-profile failures and successes.

01 June 2013 | by

Pavement lights first appeared in London in the late 1880s in the form of cast iron frames glazed with cut squares of glass.

15 August 2012 | by

This programme will look at the general processes of façade design, issues to consider when designing as well as some glazing types.

15 August 2012 | by

Facade retention – the removal and renewal of a building's innards, walls, columns and floors while retaining its original front or outer walls – plays an important role in preserving the architectural character and historic fabric of many city centres. It can, however, be a complex and expensive exercise. This programme takes a look at some of the technical aspects of facade retention through the outline design sequence.

20 April 2012 | by

An understanding of how sound behaves in modern offices, and how to control excessive airborne sound, or noise as it then becomes known, is essential. Through the use of computer modelling, noise mapping and a knowledge of processes including flanking and noise masking, this programme looks at how acoustic engineers tailor to achieve that control.

08 March 2012 | by

Given that dry rot is one type of rot - Serpula lacrymans - and all the others are white rots, our contributors explain why increasingly fungal rots are being classified as either brown or white.

08 March 2012 | by

If you're called upon to undertake a structural survey or inspection, how exactly should you go about approaching the task? How do you analyse the assortment of information you collate?

20 February 2012 | by

Significant uses of nanotechnology have surfaced in the last few years with applications for architectural design and the construction of built environments. The programme contains several interviews with experts.

10 January 2012 | by

Dr Stephen Hamil muses on the question "What does BIM mean from a service engineering point of view?" posed at the CIBSE Building Services Conference.

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