Bird nest inspires bricks

A new brick made from domestic plastic waste has been proven to provide 10 times better insulation than traditional bricks made from clay. Dr Karthikeyan Kandan, senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), has created a novel brick made entirely from upcycled plastic waste. Believed to be the first of its kind, the brick is constructed using 3D printing and lattice architecture technologies, which involves criss-crossing

Honeywell launches smart lighting system

Honeywell introduces new advanced lighting solution to hotel operators and facility managers in UAE and Saudi Arabia Honeywell, an international technology leader, has announced the launch of a new smart lighting solution for the hospitality sector. Lighting is becoming a vital part of facilities management and connected building systems. It not only benefits cost efficiency but it is also more efficient to use in terms of saving power, brightness levels,

Does the future lie in fast-housing and microhomes?

James Law JP, Co-Founder of James Law Cybertecture has called upon the formation of microhomes for fast and sustainable housing to combat the growing crisis in Hong Kong. Speaking at the inaugural SDGs Impact Summit by The World We Want, which took place in New Delhi at the Taj Palace Hotel with over 500+ international delegates, panellists, change makers, activists and influencers rallying to propel the momentum for achieving the

Baumit interview with the façade experts

Ben Warren, Managing Director at global building materials manufacturer, Baumit, discusses the aesthetics and functionality of walls in building Baumit strives to create healthy, energy efficient and beautiful building facades, renderings and interior walls. The company strives for innovation through their amalgamation of tradition, practicality, aesthetics, sustainability and functionality. people to live in ‘beautiful, energy-efficient and healthy homes’. Created in 1988, Baumit stands for: innovation, safety, partnerships and trust in

Smart technology for efficiency

Uponor demonstrates how smart technology is a necessity in buildings to improve efficiency, cost, energy reduction and ease From doorbells and security cameras to appliances and cooking utensils, smart technology which allows products and gadgets to be controlled via an app or voice command is becoming ever present in modern buildings. Heating and cooling within a building is one area in which smart technology can be used to provide a

The world’s plastic can now be collected and re-used effectively

The world’s plastic can now be collected and re-used effectively and efficiently by turning it into a concrete aggregate, which is lighter in weight and more durable than conventional concrete. This new aggregate can be used in ­any building application (houses to infrastructure) and will turn any and all planet-destructive plastic waste into a valuable and sustainable commodity for industrial and commercial use. This plastic-to-concrete technology has been tested rigorously, named Swedish Steel Prize 2019 finalist

The Swedish Steel Prize, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, aims to recognize the good engineering, cooperation and steel innovations that lead to a better and more sustainable world., from Estonia, is one of the four finalists for this year’s prize, which will be awarded during a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on November 14. The award ceremony is part of a three-day event where hundreds of international participants

Elkem Silicones renews pan-European distribution agreement with Brenntag

Elkem Silicones announces today its pan-European agreement with Brenntag on the distribution of its comprehensive range of silicones products has been extended for a further five years. The distribution agreement exists since 2014 and includes the sales and marketing of Elkem’s Core and Specialty Fluids for various industries such as Cosmetics, Rubber and Polymers, and Coatings and Constructions. Frédéric Jacquin, Senior Vice President Elkem Silicones, comments: “We are pleased to

Growth for window and door foam sealants in 2020 despite uncertainty

A leading supplier of window and door foam sealing tapes says there will be growth in 2020 despite uncertainty around Brexit and the economic plans of the new Government. Andy Swift, sales and operations manager, UK & ROI for ISO-Chemie, expects the impact of any UK exit from Europe or otherwise to have little impact on the products his company currently supplies to domestic house builders and commercial property developers.

Kawneer launches a one-stop-shop window solution

LouvreShield provides ventilation and fall protection for tilturn windows A louvre system which provides tilturn windows with fall protection and added ventilation has been launched by Kawneer, the leading UK manufacturer of architectural glazing solutions. LouvreShield has been designed to suite with Kawneer’s super thermally efficient AA®720 and AA®543* open-in windows to give specifiers and contractors design flexibility and total project solutions – a one-stop-shop of aluminium glazing systems and