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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ultrasonic application of clay nanoparticles to biodegradable films could enhance their barrier properties, according to US spray technology company Sono-Tek. The technique prolongs the shelf life of food and pharmaceuticals and offers the packaging industry more accurate and economical treatment.
Researchers at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, UK, have developed an online dynamic photometric stereo system for 3D inspection of fast moving, difficult to analyse surfaces, such as glazed or textured ceramic tiles.