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Concrete Corner Masonry homes can make lowest whole life CO2 impact, says report New research by independent consulting engineer Arup shows that when it comes to reducing the operational CO2 emissions the utilisation of thermal mass is paramount. Andrew Minson, head of framed buildings at The Concrete Centre, explains Issue 39 - Winter 2006

Masonry homes can make lowest whole life CO2 impact, says report The old lady of the seafront Further proof of the excellent natural durability of concrete comes in the shape of Marine Crescent in Folkestone, an early concrete building that has stood just metres from the sea since 1870, and which, following renovation, looks set to celebrate its 200th anniversary with ease Issue 38 - Autumn 2006

The old lady of the seafront Construction in a material world The environmental focus has been on the embodied energy of construction materials. However, given that the heating, lighting and use of a building has a far greater environmental impact than its construction, the way that construction materials can reduce. Issue 37 - Summer 2006

Construction in a material world Solid solutions for stable land The Government is keen to encourage the re-use of brownfield land and a new publication, Remediating Brownfield Land, from The Concrete Centre, outlines the benefits of using cement solidification/stabilisation (S/S) as an environmentally sound and cost effective way to bring brownfield land back into productive use. Issue 36 - Spring 2006

Solid solutions for stable land Cracking the Eurocodes The introduction and implementation of the new Eurocodes is a significant event for the UK construction industry, explains Andrew Minson, head of framed buildings at The Concrete Centre. Issue 35 - Winter 2005

Cracking the Eurocodes Post-tensioned slabs gain favour Post-tensioned (PT) suspended concrete floors, which have been widely used in Australia and the USA for several decades, are becoming more popular in the UK. Andrew Minson, head of framed buildings at The Concrete Centre explains why. Issue 34 - Autumn 2005

Post-tensioned slabs gain favour Steel performance under scrutiny The ability of structural steel to withstand major fires is under scrutiny. The latest findings of the US-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into the collapse of the World Trade Centre (WTC) question the performance of structural steel in fires in high rise buildings. Issue 33 - Summer 2005

Steel performance under scrutiny The sound approach to building In the construction industry, ‘Part-E politics’ are essentially a two-sided affair, with more and more designers, fabricators and clients voting for concrete. Issue 32 - Spring 2005

The sound approach to building Considering concrete When the new Home Information Pack (HIP) is introduced in 2007, surveyors and inspectors will need to identify houses of a non-traditional construction in the home condition reports. Below are some of the the main considerations in a survey of in-situ concrete non-traditional housing Issue 32 - Spring 2005

Considering concrete