Willow platform aids creation of ‘digital twin’ buildings
Why BIM is a must for manufacturers
Top construction firms to double offsite use in five years
Video: Morgan Sindall trials mixed reality for quality checks
NewsZEDPods’ offsite starter homes chosen for first project
Central Bedfordshire College and a private developer have chosen ZEDPods, a new offsite manufacturer of low-cost starter-homes, for a development on college land which will offer 23 affordable homes to Dunstable’s nurses, teachers and firefighters.
ZEDPods are designed to be built on plots of land not considered suitable for housing, for example city centre car park locations, either on the ground or assembled on raised platforms.
The one to two-bedroom homes are factory-built to higher standards than conventional houses, being super insulated, triple glazed, with heat recovery ventilation, low-carbon technology and lots of daylight.
The Bedford development is the first ZEDPods project to be built. Architect Bill Dunster, who set up ZEDPods in 2016, said: “As the pods are constructed from quality fireproof, durable and robust materials, they are designed to last as long as a traditionally built home. The pods’ solar roofs generate more energy than the houses consume, so they will also have the lowest possible running costs.”
ZEDPod owners will have their own balcony and front ...READ MORE
PeopleQ&A: Eckart Schwerdtfeger, ZHA Custom scripts push BIM boundaries
Stephen Cousins talks to Eckart Schwerdtfeger, BIM associate and programming guru at Zaha Hadid Architects, about custom scripting to push the boundaries of software, why more clients have started to demand BIM in 2018, and the future of design in the cloud.
How did you get into BIM?
I spent over a decade as an architect focused on computational design, facades and programming. Around six years ago I became interested in BIM after I saw how it was gaining momentum and made the building process and collaboration more efficient. I came to the UK to advance my BIM experience and software skills and that led me to ZHA.
Having computational design and programming knowledge is very useful because most software ...READ MORE
ManagementDoes offsite deliver on its quality promises?
Offsite construction methods are supposed to offer significant gains on build quality – but is there evidence to prove it? Neil Gerrard investigates.
Offsite construction has long claimed an array of advantages over traditional build methods – speed of installation, fewer site workers and, perhaps most importantly of all, a higher quality finished product.
But not many clients see it this way. This was a problem raised by Laing O’Rourke’s technical director, Dr Sarah Williamson, when she gave evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee as it prepared its now-published report (see box) into offsite construction.
While ...READ MORE
NewsTop construction firms to double offsite use in five years
Two thirds of construction bosses expect to double the amount of construction work they carry out using offsite manufacturing (OSM) over the next five years, although the cost of investment and
PeopleThe importance of connected infrastructure in our smart cities agenda
Rebecca De Cicco, director of Digital Node, examines the relationship between BIM for infrastructure and the expansion of cities, arguing that to succeed, we must adopt an open data policy for a
ProjectsCase study: Eco homes, Leicester UK’s largest Passivhaus-accredited scheme
Leicester-based architect rg + p was tasked with designing a development of 68 affordable eco-homes in Saffron Lane, Leicester. Previously a disused and overgrown plot of land, Leicester City C
TechnologyWillow platform aids creation of ‘digital twin’ buildings
Construction is lagging behind other sectors in harnessing the benefits of digital innovation. So says an Australian company which has developed a digital twin platform for the built environment
ManagementWhy BIM is a must for manufacturers
In this white paper the BSI sets out why digital transformation in the built environment offers a new world of opportunity for makers of construction products. Digital technolo
EducationCPD: Aerial data capture
With the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles in construction, managers can get the most from the technology by keeping up to date with the regulations that govern their use, says Roy Amos.