That’s a wrap - stretch hooding

Shrink hooding might be the conventional choice for brick manufacturers, but many companies are shifting towards a greener alternative. Daren Spice from Gordian Strapping Ltd examines the cost savings and environmental benefits of stretch hooding

Safe as houses - health and safety

HM Principal Inspector Dr Phil Smith reviews the latest Government health and safety strategies and what they mean for the future of the construction industry.

Manufacture of epoxy resins from steam explosion lignin derived from softwood

The winning Poster at Euradh 2012 showed and interesting method of using a wood by-product to produce an epoxy resin

Material Matters: ’Til the Concrete Angel Falls

Craig Durham puts forward a candidate for the greatest material on Earth that is literally the foundation of modern society, and yet evidence of its use has been found dating back 9,000 years.

Special section: Chain Reaction - Potential nuclear energy source

Increasing world population and improved standards of living have led to a rise in demand for renewable and nuclear sources for fuel. Kevin Hesketh and Jeremy Davison of the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory examine the potential of uranium and plutonium as energy sources.