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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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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.

01 January 2012 | by

Austin Williams explores the difference between fixings and fastenings with a focus on nails and screws.

28 November 2011 | by

Filmed entirely on location, this programme looks at the increasingly common phenomenon of vertical gardens, or living walls as they have become known.

01 November 2011 | by

We explore the hazards of moisture penetration in external walls and ways to avoid problems.

07 October 2011 | by

Whether the ground floor of a house is suspended or filled, it will include either a solid slab or an oversite layer of concrete laid on compacted hardcore directly on the ground. Both hardcore and soil are potential sources of sulfates and other chemicals harmful to concrete. This programme investigates the hardcore components and soil conditions likely to contain sulfates, explains how concrete is affected by sulfate attack and looks at methods used to prevent such damage.

07 October 2011 | by

In this programme we discuss the tell-tale signs of a wood-boring insect infestation and describe how to tell the difference between the four main types of wood-boring beetle common to the UK.

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