• The Hanson EcoHouse, on display at the Building Research Establishment in Watford, UK. It offers a 44% improvement in energy sustainability over 2006 building standards

    Steps for zero carbon homes

    Clay Technology magazine
    Plans for all new UK homes to be zero carbon from 2016 must be reviewed in light of the current economic situation, according to the UK Federation of Master Builders.
  • Building work

    Construction products industry calls for help

    Clay Technology magazine
    Urgent delivery of promised public construction programmes is needed, says the UK Construction Products Association Chairman, Adrian Barden, in a letter to the Government. In the past year UK construction has fallen by nearly 50%, with over 69,000 jobs being lost as of February, according to the Office for National Statistics.
  • Retrofit for the Future - Project Brokering Workshops

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    On 28th January 2009 the Prime Minister and Lord Drayson announced Retrofit for the Future, £10 million of funding from the Technology Strategy Board to address the challenge of housing refurbishment, as detailed in the Government's Heat and Energy Saving Strategy. A series of free brokerage events are being held in the coming months with the aim of putting consortia together to bid for these funds.
  • brick layer

    Call for support for construction Diploma

    Clay Technology magazine
    Co-ordinators of the UK’s Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment are seeking more companies to take part. The qualification focuses on three themes – design, creation of the built environment, and value in use – and includes 10 days’ work experience in industry, as well as specialist units.
  • Microstructure of the cathode ray tube glass ceramic tile

    Tiles from waste glass

    Clay Technology magazine
    Researchers in Italy have developed ceramic tiles that use difficult to recycle waste glass in place of feldspar minerals. This creates a product that can be fired at lower temperatures while providing an environmentally friendly way to dispose of the glass.
  • Petition the Prime Minister to Get Britain Building

    International Clay Technology Association
    Martin Clarke of British Precast Concrete Federation has submitted a petition to the Prime Minister on the No. 10 Downing Street Website to Get Britain Building.
  • Helping lean production

    Clay Technology magazine
    A UK Productivity and Competitiveness (PAC) programme to help small companies develop an approach to lean manufacturing has been launched by the UK Manufacturing Skills Alliance.
  • Head of the British Ceramic Confederation talks transferable skills

    Materials World magazine
    Gary Price talks to Dr Laura Cohen, the new Chief Executive Designate of the British Ceramic Confederation, about the challenges that lie ahead for the industry and the importance of transferable skills.
  • Increasing glass content in bricks

    Clay Technology magazine
    A brick containing 97% recycled glass has improved energy efficiency compared to clay bricks, claims UK firm Geofusion, based in Worcester. The geobrick is produced from a combination of container glass and cathode ray tube panel glass.
  • Tough times for the brick industry

    Clay Technology magazine
    The housing crunch and international banking crisis have had a devastating effect on the UK brick industry, which has seen plants close, production reduced, and companies go into administration. Meagan Ellis reports

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