50 sustainability stars 2015

50 sustainability stars 2015: Great expectations

27 February 2015

On the eve of this year’s Ecobuild event, Building asks the cream of construction’s young sustainability talent how they think this government has done on the environment - and what they’re hoping for from the next one

Torch skyscraper in Dubai

Image of the week: Torch building fire

27 February 2015

Hundreds evacuated from Torch skyscraper in Dubai after fire broke out across higher storeys

Kingston Gala sketch

Sketch of the week: Kingston Gala

27 February 2015

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Stephen Willmore, associate director at Assael Architecture.

Winging it

This week in 2010

27 February 2015

Building meets former British ski jumper turned construction worker ‘Eddie the Eagle’

Victorian terrace

Behind the hype: Sustainable new homes

26 February 2015| By Joey Gardiner

New research is casting further doubt on long-held claims that a new-build property is necessarily cheaper to run than a refurbished Victorian home

The external landing and its drainage

CPD 7 2015: Level thresholds and water ingress

23 February 2015

This module examines the key regulations concerning the accessibility of building entrances and highlights ways to avoid the main risks. It is sponsored by LABC Warranty

Steve Gee 5

Steve Gee: The contender

20 February 2015| By Sarah Richardson

Not content with being the boss of QS John Rowan, Steve Gee is standing as Liberal Democrat candidate for his local constituency of Epsom and Ewell. Building is joining him on the campaign trail

Westminster illustration

Inside Westminster: The Inner Circle

20 February 2015| By Mark Leftly

We consider the role of the chief construction adviser, and identify the key Whitehall construction power brokers

BPR Architects used Vectorworks BIM software for the design of the Forum North building

CPD 6 2015: Essential BIM technology

20 February 2015

With less than a year to go until the deadline for all government projects to use level 2 BIM, this module explains some of the key concepts that underpin the collaboration technology. It is sponsored by Vectorworks

Rural-urban hybrid

Sketch of the week: Rural-urban hybrid

20 February 2015

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Sam Jacob, director of architect studio Sam Jacob Studios

Archive 07

This week in... 2011

20 February 2015

In 2011, the government’s localism agenda looked as though it could drive down the number of housing schemes

240 Blackfriars

Image of the week: Tip of the iceberg

20 February 2015

After a decade at Ludgate House, Building magazine moves to a new home

Wavin’s Tigris K1 pipes and fittings were installed on this major residential refurbishment project in Svendborg, Denmark

CPD 5 2015: Continuously operated recirculating systems and legionnaire's disease

19 February 2015

This module sets out the advantages of a pumped, circulating drinking-water system in preventing the growth of Legionella bacteria. It is sponsored by Wavin

England’s first carbon-negative Passivhaus office, at Watermead Business Park in Leicestershire

CPD 4 2015: Beyond Part L 2013

17 February 2015

This module provides guidance on what to expect from the 2016 energy targets for new homes, and how to ensure compliance. It is sponsored by Celotex

Make Architects’ £11.6m Serpentine residential scheme in Aylesbury

CPD 3 2015: Specifying flat roofs (part 2)

16 February 2015

Following last year’s introduction to flat roofs, this module focuses on installation and the impact of Part L 2013 on specification. It is sponsored by Sika Sarnafil


Architecture: The diversity problem

13 February 2015| By David Blackman

An architectural education will last seven years and leave you with debts in excess of £50,000. So is it becoming a pastime exclusively for the rich?

The Oaks, Prague

Sketch of the week: The Oaks, Prague

13 February 2015

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Alistair Hall, partner at Hall McKnight


This week in 2010

13 February 2015

Love is in the air as US engineers look for merger opportunities in the UK market

Infographic Index

Infographic: Best and worst

13 February 2015

How were the top and bottom cities in the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index ranked on planet, profit and people

Small housebuilders

SME housebuilders: Small talk

12 February 2015| By David Blackman

The proportion of homes built by small housebuilders has halved in recent years. So, with listed builders increasing output and reporting record profits, why are their smaller competitors still struggling to make ends meet?

Consultants salary survey 2015

Consultants salary survey 2015: Up, up and away

6 February 2015| By David Blackman

Inflation-busting pay increases and robust recruitment growth characterise this year’s Hays consultants’ salary survey. But employee discontent and ongoing skills shortages could deflate the widespread optimism


From the archives in 2010

6 February 2015

Building visits the BBC’s Broadcasting House renovation site

March for Homes Jan 2015

Image of the week: The march from the Elephant

6 February 2015

An estimated 2,000 people join a protest for affordable housing in London

Steve Edge

Interview: Steve Edge

5 February 2015| By Vern Pitt

Six years ago designer Steve Edge was advocating corporate rebranding as a way of surviving the recession. Now that the market place is hotting up again, he thinks firms should be even more aware about their image


Sketch of the week: Kuala Lumpur

5 February 2015 |Updated: 5 February 2015

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch by Warren Williams is of a bioclimatic skyscraper

Hackney extension

Sketch of the week: Hackney extension

30 January 2015

This week’s sketch is a concept of a two-bed roof extension in Hackney

Archive 2009

This week in 2009

30 January 2015

Sustainability experts list their five worst green ideas for construction

Mountbatten House

Image of the week: How does your building grow?

30 January 2015

‘The hanging gardens of Basingstoke’ is one of 14 post-war office buildings given listed status

Prepare to be boarded

Prepare to be boarded

30 January 2015| By Joey Gardiner

With the recession over, rising turnover and damaged valuations have left construction firms in a climate perfect for acquisition deals. Are you in a position to grow your business or is it time to sell up?


BIM: World’s your oyster

29 January 2015| By Joey Gardiner

The use of BIM is becoming more widespread throughout the globe. So what opportunities does this offer those with BIM skills who want a job abroad?

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