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The Green Deal: consumers beware nasty surprises

The Green Deal: consumers beware nasty surprises | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
The Green Deal is littered with caveats and controls that might deter potential consumers – but with a bit of awareness they should be able to avoid most pitfalls
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The Green Deal is littered with caveats and controls that might deter potential consumers – but with a bit of awareness they should be able to avoid most pitfalls

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Maki's UK debut set for green light

Maki's UK debut set for green light | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Planners have recommended approval for the first UK scheme by award-winning Japanese practice Maki and Associates
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At a meeting of Camden Council’s development control committee on Friday (7 August), councillors will consider plans for a nine storey building providing 8,780m⊃2; of educational floorspace for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

 

The scheme has been submitted as a full application because part of the boundary falls outside of the 2006 outline permission granted to developer Argent for former railway land at King’s Cross.

 

The proposed building would contain administrative space for the Institute of Ismaili Studies and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations plus a library and classrooms, along with ground floor shops and restaurants.

 

A report by planners said: ‘This is an elegantly detailed high quality proposal with strong sculptural expression derived from program and contextual analysis.

 

‘The generous terraces placed at strategic locations visually connect the surroundings through to the internal atrium.’

Maki is proposing limestone cladding as the primary material for a piano-nobile section, while the base and crown are ‘predominantly glazed with elements of contrasting metalwork’, according to the design and access statement produced alongside the application.


It said: ‘The materiality of the external cladding of the facade (the base, piano-Nobile and crown) articulates the spaces within, whilst responding to the building’s external context and setting, in particular the historical use of limestone throughout London which is evident throughout surrounding historical buildings within the Kings Cross site.’  ....

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World's first "aqueous solar flow battery" outperforms traditional lithium-iodine batteries

World's first "aqueous solar flow battery" outperforms traditional lithium-iodine batteries | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
The scientists who last year revealed the world's first solar battery that essentially combines a battery and solar cell, are now reporting its first significant performance milestone. Tested against traditional lithium-iodine batteries, the researchers are claiming energy savings of 20 percent.
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This solar flow battery design can potentially be applied for grid-scale solar energy conversion and storage,

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Spanish construction firm Betcat Fined £40k for Safety Offences

Spanish construction firm Betcat Fined £40k for Safety Offences | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
A Spanish construction firm has been up in court after admitting flouting basic UK safety procedures on a Manchester shop refurbishment project.
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#HSE inspector Laura Moran said after the case: “Betcat International Limited completely failed in its duty to protect its workers, its subcontractors and visitors to its site from harm.

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Apple Campus 2 to feature #glass-walled visitor's center

Apple Campus 2 to feature #glass-walled visitor's center | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
New architectural plans reveal that Apple's new HQ will feature a visitor's center with viewing platform open to the general public.
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Apple's  two-story glass-walled visitor's center building topped by a carbon-fiber roof

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Tristram Hunt MP launches free service to help small businesses in #Stoke-on-Trent develop the skills of their staff

Tristram Hunt MP launches free service to help small businesses in #Stoke-on-Trent develop the skills of their staff | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Over the course of the twelve month project, the People Skills programme will be available at no cost to small businesses (SMEs), and will equip them with a range of bespoke HR support

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A major new initiative, designed to help unlock small business productivity and growth in Stoke-on-Trent through the provision of quality HR and skills development support,

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Environmental groups call on the Prime Minister to intervene as ten green policies are scrapped

Environmental groups call on the Prime Minister to intervene as ten green policies are scrapped | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Within the first three months of the new government ten different environmental policies have been watered down or scrapped, according to analysis by a group of leading UK environment organisations.

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Environmental leaders have called on the Prime Minister, as a matter of urgency, to clarify his government’s approach to environmental protection

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Passivhaus News - The winners of the 2015 UK Passivhaus Awards announced!

Passivhaus News - The winners of the 2015 UK Passivhaus Awards announced! | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
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The winners of the 2015 UK Passivhaus Awards announced!
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The winners of the 2015 UK Passivhaus Awards announced!

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New figures: number of female architects on the up

New figures: number of female architects on the up | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
The number of women in the profession is on the up, according to the latest figures released by the Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Women now make up a quarter of all the architects on the ARB register, edging up from 22 per cent last year.

There are currently 8,857 female architects registered with the ARB – up from 7,538 last year. The total number of qualified architects registered with the board is 35,157 - of those 31,290 are based in the UK.

The figures for the year ending 31 December 2014 show that 781 female architects joined the register for the first time, making up 41 per cent of all new applicants.

New admissions for both male and female architects saw a rise with the highest level of new applicants since the register was established as part of the 1997 Architects Act.

In 2014 there were a record 1906 new admissions – an increase of almost 27 per cent on 2013’s previous all-time-high of 1504.
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Brighter thinking: 5 ways to improve natural light in your home

Brighter thinking: 5 ways to improve natural light in your home | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Natural light is so important to our health and wellbeing. Croft Architecture considers 5 simple ways to improve natural light in your home.
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During the winter months the reduction in light can accentuate dark areas within your home and it can leave you feeling like you live in a cave.(Image from The Minalmists)

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Emmott: 'Londoners overwhelmingly want the Garden Bridge' #London #Architecture

Emmott: 'Londoners overwhelmingly want the Garden Bridge'  #London #Architecture | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Ian Ritchie’s animosity towards the ‘flawed and unnecessary’ Garden Bridge is not shared by most Londoners, argues executive director of the Garden Bridge Trust Bee Emmott

London has earned its reputation as a world-leading city, where new ideas take flight and set new milestones for others to follow. So when Ian Ritchie asks what problem the Garden Bridge solves, surely we must be bolder, go beyond simply function and seek out the ideas, opportunities and the inspiration it presents.

The Garden Bridge, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, will break new territory worthy of its world-first label.  It will create a new route for pedestrians, taking people through a new, free public garden in the heart of urbanised London, improving the pedestrian experience and creating an oasis of calm and beauty.

The Bridge will feature 2,500m⊃2; of brand new garden, connecting existing ecologies of the North and South Bank and London’s wider patchwork of habitats. There will be hundreds of new trees and thousands more plants, shrubs and bulbs attracting new wildlife. As a new “green corridor” across the Thames, it will benefit wildlife and pollinators, with carefully selected plants to improve biodiversity potential.

Ritchie talks about the Bridge being ‘private’ and of possible toll charges (see AJ 28.07.15). The Garden Bridge will in fact be free to use, open from 6am until midnight 365 days a year.  It will genuinely be open to everyone – somewhere to linger and admire the city and will also provide a route for commuters. Cyclists can push their bikes across, or use alternative routes nearby, so those on foot can safely enjoy the crossing. Security and lighting will be discreet and appropriate. 

The funding of the Bridge combines public and private sector funding, with over 65 per cent of the capital costs to build it fundraised from the private sector. More than £125 million has been pledged already and a business plan will cover the £2.8 million annual maintenance and operations costs. Transport for London and the Government have together contributed £60 million in total.

The bridge will stitch our divided city together
In terms of transport the bridge will improve connectivity on both sides of the River, with a direct link to Temple Underground reducing pressure on Waterloo Station. It complements and contributes to the Mayor’s transport strategy targets. The Bridge is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses on both sides of the river and the economic benefits will be- close to £500 million over 60 years through employment, investment and tourism.

The Garden Bridge is an exciting opportunity to nourish areas long both side of the Thames, improving the quality of the public realm and providing new walking routes to and from places such as Covent Garden, Soho and Waterloo. 

The Bridge is going to help stitch our divided city together and connect London. 

Today the Trust has published recent research that shows huge support for the Garden Bridge in London.  Over three quarters of Londoners support the bridge being built (78 per cent) with support in Westminster and Lambeth, where the bridge crosses the Thames, at 77 per cent.  Londoners clearly have more imagination and vision than Ian Ritchie.

Bee Emmott, is executive director of the Garden Bridge Trust
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The Garden Bridge, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, will break new territory worthy of its world-first label. 

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Search is on for ‘Best #Glazing Home Improvement’

Search is on for ‘Best #Glazing Home Improvement’ | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
The Glass & Glazing Federation is inviting entries for its Best Home Improvement Glazing Project award as part of the National Home Improvement Council Awards 2015.
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The award covers any glazing related project completed within the past 12 months. 

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4 tips to boost the number of retweets for your business #SME

4 tips to boost the number of retweets for your business    #SME | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Retweets on Twitter can significantly boost engagement and the reach of your SME's message. Here are four top tips that will help your tweets get shared more frequently.
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Here are four top tips that could help your tweets get shared more frequently:

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Wood dominates in Cristián Undurraga's Chile Pavilion for Milan Expo

Wood dominates in Cristián Undurraga's Chile Pavilion for Milan Expo | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Renowned Chilean architect Cristián Undurraga has created a standout pavilion for this year’s World Exposition. Inspired by “the art of hospitality” the Chile pavilion features a dramatic external wooden facade and stretches over 1,910 sq m (20,560 sq ft).
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Standard & Poor’s lowers outlook on the EU to negative

Standard & Poor’s lowers outlook on the EU to negative | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

The agency also said it expected the European bloc would provide first-loss guarantees for lending under the so-called Juncker Plan.

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Standard & Poor's has changed the outlook for the European Union from stable to negative after the bloc's support for Greece and following Britain's decision to vote on leaving the EU, S&P reported Monday (3 August).

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Smog Free Tower creates clean air, and air that you wear

Smog Free Tower creates clean air, and air that you wear | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Smog affects many major cities around the world. To combat this, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is building what he calls the world's largest air purifier. The Smog Free Tower is designed to allow people to breathe clean air in a city ... plus it also turns the smog into jewelry.
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RE:Build uses sand and gravel to make a better shelter #Construction

RE:Build uses sand and gravel to make a better shelter  #Construction | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Created to ease the plight of displaced refugees, Re:Build is a basic scaffold-based construction system that can be used to build a home, school, clinic, or whatever else is required. It makes use of onsite materials, and enables the refugees themselves to construct the structures.
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What is the Heat Loss Form Factor? - #PASSIVHAUS IN PLAIN ENGLISH & MORE

What is the Heat Loss Form Factor? -  #PASSIVHAUS IN PLAIN ENGLISH & MORE | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Passivhaus Basics: What is the Heat Loss Form Factor? Find out what it is, and why every architect should know about it, in this plain English blog post.
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The Heat Loss Form Factor is one way of measuring the efficiency of the surface area of the thermal envelope.

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Green light for 40-storey City of #London Tower #Construction

Green light for 40-storey City of #London Tower   #Construction | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

Mitsubishi Estate London has received planning permission from the City Of London Corporation for a 40-storey office tower.

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The 71,510 sq metre tower at 6-8 Bishopsgate, EC2 and 150 Leadenhall Street, EC3 has been designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and comprises a series of stacked blocks.

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The 71,510 sq metre tower at 6-8 Bishopsgate, EC2 and 150 Leadenhall Street, EC3 has been designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and comprises a series of stacked blocks.

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Really?... Pyramid? Eygpt, Jerusalem? - Novel pyramid-shaped high-rise slated for Jerusalem

Really?... Pyramid? Eygpt, Jerusalem?   -  Novel pyramid-shaped high-rise slated for Jerusalem | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Architecture firm Studio Libeskind has been granted permission to build a large pyramid-shaped tower in the center of Jerusalem. The 105 m (344 ft)-tall tower is due to break ground within five years.
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Besides the aforementioned shopping arcade, the Pyramid will also boast 200 high-end apartments, a boutique hotel, public plaza, a restaurant, and a rooftop observatory.

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The iconic 'Up' house in Seattle is headed for a happy ending

The iconic 'Up' house in Seattle is headed for a happy ending | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
A Seattle house that has enamored locals with its resemblance to the house in the film Up will likely be saved.
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"I don't want to move. I don't need the money. Money doesn't mean anything."

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#London's latest crop of residential developments #Architecture

#London's latest crop of residential developments    #Architecture | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
London's latest crop of residential developments...
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#London's latest crop of residential developments    #Architecture 

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#Architects' confidence hits ‘record’ level

#Architects' confidence hits ‘record’ level | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Architects taking part in the RIBA’s monthly barometer of industry confidence have reported the highest level of positivity about workloads in the survey’s six-year history

The Future Trends Workload Index reached a new high of +44 in June, up from +37 the previous month, indicating a further growth in the proportion of practices expecting their workloads to increase in the next quarter.

The figure is the highest rating the index has registered since the survey began in 2009. It added that regionally the Midlands and East Anglia were the most confident areas of the UK, while firms that employed 51 or more staff were the most confident by business size.

RIBA director of practice Adrian Dobson said the profession was confident about its work pipeline and ‘beginning to feel the invigorating effects’ of a sustained period of real growth.
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Dobson said the private housing sector appeared to be ‘the primary driver’ 

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Smartphone-controlled hideaway takes the man-cave to a whole new level

Smartphone-controlled hideaway takes the man-cave to a whole new level | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Jono Williams has taken the concept of the man-cave to new heights. Looking something like a giant steel lollipop, Williams' Skysphere is a solar-powered, Android-controlled hideaway perched high above the New Zealand countryside that would put even the most painstakingly decked-out shed to shame.
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The Skysphere provides a 360-degree viewing window that is 2 m (7 ft) high and has a circumference of 14 m (46 ft).

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GGF pledges to work with DECC on new plan after #GreenDeal

GGF pledges to work with DECC on new plan after #GreenDeal | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it

The Glass & Glazing Federation says it will work with the Government in seeking a new strategy on energy efficiency in the country’s homes

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the GGF is keen to work constructively with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and will be contacting them to discuss a new proposal from an industry perspective, offering our expertise, suggestions and solutions.”

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Industrial deafness cases increase by 14%

Industrial deafness cases increase by 14% | Glazing Architecture Construction | Scoop.it
Recent statistics from the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, and recent information obtained by The Mail on Sunday, have shown a rise in industrial deafness cases.
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At the current trend, figures of up to £4m can be expected by the end of 2015.

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