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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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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

This programme takes a look at the key concepts from the 17th edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations.

07 October 2011 | by

We start by hearing how the UK's network of 200 fundamental benchmarks all stem from a single 'mother' benchmark at Newlyn in Cornwall. We show how the network expanded and we learn why now, in this highly technical modern age, the humble benchmarks' days are over.

07 October 2011 | by

The London Development Agency (LDA) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have launched a new, mapped database of London's brownfield land called The London Brownfield Sites Database (LBSD).

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.

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

The replacement of the old British Standard BS 6651 with BS EN 62305 will have a significant impact on the design and installation of lightning protection structures. This programme explains why the new standard has been adopted and discusses its key points. The procedures associated with the new standard are examined, while Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) and Lightning Protection Zones (LPZs) are explored in detail.

17 July 2011 | by

Developed by a wide range of industry representatives over a ten-year period, its assessments are becoming an essential benchmark for many civil engineering projects large or small and this programme looks at some of the main components of the scheme.

17 July 2011 | by

If you are building, selling or letting a non-domestic building, before practical completion can be granted the new occupier or owner must be supplied with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which grades the building's energy efficiency. In this programme we visit the new flagship John Lewis Store in Stratford, to see how a non-domestic EPC survey is undertaken and what factors are key in influencing the final EPC grade.

17 July 2011 | by

An explanation of the different types of fuel that can be classed as biomass and a comparison with oil and gas in terms of the volume of carbon dioxide emissions produced and cost per kilowatt hour.

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