The modern history of Kuwait nestling as it does in the top of the Persian Gulf is a whirlwind of social, political and economic reforms.
Blindfold chess is played by a strong player without being able to see the chess board. The player sits with his/her back to the chess board and calls out the moves (I presume), or wears a blindfold. Blindfold chess is not a recommended method to managing risk… However, playing chess and managing risk have a lot in common. … Continue reading “Managing Risk in Construction”
‘Our recent Brexit experience in the UK and Trump experience in the US reminds us that unexpected changes in political and economic models are set to have a huge impact on our lives. The same is true of unexpected change or innovation in business models. All around us are examples of business model innovations that … Continue reading “New models for our new world order”
Four-year QUANTUM project aims to close the gap between predicted and actual energy performance in European buildings through quality management QUANTUM, a new research project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is aiming to close the estimated average 25% gap between designed and actual energy performance and 1.5% for comfort performance … Continue reading “BRE partners on cross-Europe energy performance research project”
Having been through the rigours of developing a new product, innovators are often faced with the difficult and perhaps expensive task of getting it accepted by the market. John Holden of BRE Global answers questions on how ETV schemes can help new technologies offering environmental benefits clear this hurdle. What is an ETV scheme? When … Continue reading “How ETV helps environmental innovators”
BRE Global turns up heat on cable CE Marking as July 2017 deadline looms. Manufacturers risk losing out on trade opportunities with Europe without appropriate CE marking for their cable products, says BRE Global, the UK leader in fire, security and environmental testing and certification of construction products. The warning comes with just months to … Continue reading “Cable manufacturers will be left out in the cold without CE Marking, says BRE Global”
BRE has carried out first stage tests on a prototype device for rapid and accurate measurement of heat losses (U-values) from solid wall homes. Created by Finnish University Arcada with input from Salford University, the device was entered into a BRE competition aimed at developing viable assessment tools to help improve the thermal performance of … Continue reading “BRE testing takes prototype for improving solid wall heat loss measurement to the next stage”
On Thursday last week (10th Nov), YellowJacket and SmartWaste users attended the very first SiteSmart conference and awards. This was a free event, and we were really pleased to welcome our users together to hear not only about development on our tools, but also from each other about their experiences with these software tools and … Continue reading “SiteSmart conference and awards 2016”
‘We British are natural born pessimists. After some initial euphoria on winning the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games in 2005, the “British Disease” kicked in and we reverted to type. “Waste of money”, “it will be late”, “it will be rubbish like the Millennium Dome” etc. When construction contracts were being tendered some … Continue reading “Inspire a generation”
This briefing paper highlights the additional value of BREEAM certifications, focusing on the non-domestic building sector.