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17 Sep 2015

UK leading capabilities on sustainable urbanisation

The research project was primarily desk-based looking at a wide range of publications across the multiple sectors involved in urban development. I also held two expert group workshops involving representatives from industry (large companies and SMEs), academia, government and...
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17 Sep 2015

Demonstrating Flood Resilient Technologies

We met up with Stephen Garvin, Director of BRE’s new Centre for Resilience to discuss resilient technologies.  With increases in extreme weather events across the world we need to find new designs, processes and technologies to tackle the challenge.    Dr Garvin is currently...
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17 Sep 2015

Connected cities start with connected homes

We met with Will Lloyd to discuss the work BRE is doing to discuss the research that BRE’s electronic security systems team is doing to on the relationship between building materials and structures and the performance of electronic systems in those buildings. “On the one hand we...
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17 Sep 2015

3D printed Cool Bricks

In a very modern take on an ancient cooling technique, Cool Bricks are 3D printed porous ceramic bricks that interlock together forming a 3D lattice effect.  The porous material absorbs water, which is released as the warm air from outside passes through the lattice, with the...
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17 Sep 2015

Dutch Windmill to transform the Rotterdam skyline

Rising 174 metres from the sea the Dutch Windwheel will be an icon for design and technological innovation.   The building will incorporate two 3d rings constructed from steel and glass housing restaurants, a hotel, apartments and commercial property.  The outer ring will be...
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17 Sep 2015

BIM’s silo mentality

Copenhagen is one of Europe’s great maritime hubs and home to Maersk, the world’s biggest container shipping company. Even so, the Danish capital’s historic port area known as the Inner North Harbour (Indre Nordhavn) is being transformed into a new waterfront district known as...
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17 Sep 2015

Irregular shaped building inspires new material

At Technology4Change we often feature examples of how technologies developed for other applications such as space, automotive and telecommunications are being applied in the built environment, but this time buildings are inspiring a ground-breaking physics innovation. Researchers...
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17 Sep 2015

Latest tech news from across the web

  Using drones to monitor infrastructure damage Researchers at the University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, and BAE Systems are fitting drones with remote sensing systems and cameras to map damage to transportation infrastructure. Pens filled with high-tech inks...
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17 Sep 2015

Smart façades to save energy

Many glass-fronted office buildings are very energy intensive, requiring extensive heating in winter and cooling in summer to ensure comfortable temperatures for the building’s occupants. In response to this challenge researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and...
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17 Sep 2015

Green roads made of Algae

In a bid to become less reliant on petroleum-based products, a consortium of French researchers have developed a proof of concept for bio-asphalt from algae.  The project, funded by the Region Pays de la Loire, brought together a multidisciplinary team from the Universities of...
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