• CIBSE releases air leakage webinar

    CIBSE has released a webinar on testing for air leakage – the uncontrolled movement of air through a building envelope or component due to the porosity of building fabric materials, interfaces between materials and components and imperfections in the construction of the building.
  • Floating house makes disaster preparedness challenge final

    A team of students from Coventry University have developed a concept for a house that can float whenever a flood approaches and shelter people for at least six weeks during catastrophic weather. The house is attached to four anchoring steel pilings that fix the structure in one place. The walls and roof are constructed using galvanised metal sheets, while multiple recycled plastic barrels are tied underneath the ground floor and act as floatation devices.
  • A taste of the future

    We speak to Dr Tony Hopkin, Midland Heart’s Head of Construction, Quality and Innovation, about his upcoming CABE webinar where he will present the results from the first construction project to model the Future Homes Standard.
  • RIBA Contracts and Law Survey

    RIBA is working with NBS to undertake a Contracts and Law Survey. The UK construction industry is often adversarial, and successful projects rely on clear, timely and proportionate contracting arrangements. As we all face on-going Covid challenges, this is as true now as ever before.
  • Laying the foundations with hydrogen

    The government’s new hydrogen strategy will determine the fuel’s future application in the construction industry, with further details to come this year.
  • Response to the Heat and Buildings Strategy

    The government’s long-awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy, published in November 2021, aims to reduce household heating and buildings emissions. Grants worth £5,000 per household will help ensure that low-carbon heating systems such as heat pumps are no more expensive to install and run than fossil fuel boilers. A total of £450m will be earmarked over the next three years for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, part of more than £3.9bn of funding for decarbonising heat and buildings.
  • The Building Safety Bill – what it means for you

    Dr Brian Cox CEng FIMechE explains two of the most important measures – the introduction of Accountable Person status and Safety Case Reports – that will come into force when the Building Safety Bill becomes law in 2022.
  • CABE New Build: highly commended

    Highly Commended: Freeman Consultancy for The Bothy Restaurant, Wentworth Garden Centre, South Yorkshire. A new restaurant building constructed on a busy Grade I-listed country house estate.
  • CABE New Build winner

    Winner: The University of Wolverhampton for the School of Architecture and the Built Environment (SoABE). A flagship project designed to preserve the site’s architectural legacy and deliver a state-of-the-art, purpose-built teaching facility.
  • CABE Conservation and Preservation winner

    Winner: Architectural Conservation Professionals for Turret Lodge, Co. Clare, Ireland. This derelict building has become a functioning centre for historical and genealogy family studies for the west of Ireland
  • Northern Irelands secures £215m funding for new homes

    Deirdre Hargey, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Communities, has approved additional funding of up to £15m to ensure stability in the region’s social housing construction sector following recent volatility in materials costs.