Homes have been created underground since prehistoric times, but with the climate emergency getting worse and the issue of land availability becoming more pressing, could we see the construction of more subterranean homes?
In this second in a short series of articles we look at some examples of how Bluebeam helped public sector organisations make the review process more efficient, saving time and money and speeding up the delivery schedule.
Construction lags other industries when it comes to using new technologies. Might more use of offsite manufacturing techniques to create better quality and faster-delivered elements of a building be the answer?
From speed of approval to being able to free up storage space for other purposes, going digital can help public sector organisations process building activity more quickly and efficiently than working on physical paper plans ever could.
Greenwashing—the act of claiming environmental credentials for a product or project that are unjustified or outright untrue—has no place in the construction sector. Creating sustainable developments through investment in people, materials and delivery practices, plus supporting evidence to corroborate such claims, is the way forward.
The UK’s construction industry acknowledges that there is a skills crisis, one exacerbated by the departure of many EU-born workers in the wake of the Brexit referendum. A renewed enthusiasm for apprenticeships offers a way to attract fresh blood into the sector and address diversity issues.
People with disabilities make up a fifth of the UK population, but only 9% of the country’s construction workforce. According to industry experts, the sector is missing out when it comes to employing people with disabilities. Is the built environment heading in the right direction on this sensitive issue?
The UK’s planning rules, which grants permission for developments, particularly housing, have been described by all sides as not fit for purpose. What is wrong with the system, and what does the government propose to do to speed up delivery of the homes the country desperately needs?
The built environment contributes a significant amount of the world’s carbon emissions. A life cycle assessment is increasingly seen as the best method of monitoring a structure’s carbon and offers the industry a route to minimising its effect on the rest of us.
Creating social value when delivering a construction project can lead to new jobs, training and education opportunities. But essential to successfully harnessing a scheme’s social value is establishing its aims and goals from the beginning of a project’s development.
Construction activity is complex, requiring huge amounts of coordination and cooperation. Pre-construction site inspections are part of this process, ensuring that the groundwork—literally—for success is being done properly.
Traditional building products such as steel and concrete are construction’s ‘tried and tested’ materials, yet they come with a significant environmental cost. Can ‘hempcrete,’ a concrete-like product made from the hemp plant, help the industry elevate its sustainability efforts?
Smart cities are transforming urban living with advanced technology and data integration, enhancing the quality of life for citizens. Continue reading to discover the fundamental opportunities for the construction industry to integrate smart technologies and offer sustainable solutions for future urban growth.