Ecological Building Systems are pleased to confirm that the pro clima Intelligent Airtightness system, including the pro clima INTELLO PLUS intelligent airtightness and vapour control membrane, has met all the requirements set out by both the BBA (British Board of Agrément) and the NHBC. This compliments the existing Irish Agrément Certificate
CIOB opens ideas fund for construction research
Original ideas are being backed by the Chartered Institute of Building Bowen Jenkins Legacy Research Fund to support practitioners and researchers in construction. Now in its second year the Fund is targeting five areas of research:- Sustainability in the Built Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Building Performance Improvement, Application of Digital Technologies and Employment Practices in construction. Read more
Applications are open to CIOB members and non-members internationally. Funding is accessible for individuals, companies or in support of larger research projects within other organisations. The CIOB is offering between £2,000 – £10,000 for each research project and over a duration of 1 to 2 years. The Fund is open for entry until 15 July 2016. Details about how to enter and further information is available at http://www.ciob.org/scholarships/bowen-jenkins-legacy-research-fund.
Airtightness blamed for health risks in homes
Throughout the past year a slew of reports has been published that raise serious questions about the safety of new-build homes. Increasingly stringent building regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions are resulting in new houses that are ever more airtight. While this helps reduce fuel consumption, the burden is on architects to ensure that occupants of new homes can breathe clean and fresh air. Recent evidence suggests that the construction industry, designers included, is failing to meet this challenge. Read more
Paul Harrison, an independent toxicologist and member of a working group on air quality created by the Royal College of Physicians, describes serious health risks associated with poor ventilation systems. ‘Sick building syndrome describes a variety of symptoms including headaches, allergies, reduced productivity, a sore throat and dry skin,’ he says. ‘In addition, poor air quality can provoke asthma.’ Architects Journal