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RIBA Stirling Prize 2013

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Astley Castle, a groundbreaking modern holiday home inserted into the crumbling walls of an ancient moated castle, in Warwickshire by Witherford Watson Mann Architects has won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2013 for the best building of the year.

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London Airports Route Networks in 2050: Methodology Note

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This paper sets out the results of York Aviation’s analysis of the potential passenger route networks at the London airports in 2050. Transport for London (TfL) had asked York Aviation to consider the shape of potential route networks for the London airports in 2050 based on available evidence. This is intended to support on-going work around consideration of the economic benefits associated with the development of significant new airport capacity for London. This paper deals exclusively with passenger flights.

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Our future in cities

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This page features videos of nine talks on the future of cities, including what squatter cities can teach us, and greening the ghetto.

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Economic benefit of shopping centres

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Property company Hammerson has created a forecasting tool to help assess the future impacts of its shopping centre developments, from construction through to opening. The new tool, which can interrogate 50 sets of data, will help the company maximise employment opportunities and other benefits in its schemes. The tool grew out of research by the developer, working with Jones Lang LaSalle and Envoy Group, and quantifies the long-term economic and socio-economic impact of its shopping centres. Data from nine major shopping centres was used in the research, to look at four key areas: Economic value generated by shopping centres; Benefits to local and central government; Economic benefits to wider communities; Impact on quality of life for individuals. The report, Demonstrating the true value of shopping centres and two companion reports on the Bullring and WestQuay, are available on the Hammerson website.

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Assessment of MVHR systems and air quality in new homes

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The National House Building Council (NHBC) is setting a new standard for Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems following recent research which raises issues about the performance of the technology. Analysis by the UK’s leading standard-setting body and warranty provider has found that the move to create more energy efficient homes and improve airtightness has led to around a quarter of new homes being fitted with MVHR systems.  MVHR systems provide fresh air ventilation while at the same time recovering heat from exhaust air that would have otherwise been lost, but there is a growing body of evidence that shows that performance of these units is greatly reduced if they are not designed or installed correctly. New research published by the NHBC Foundation monitored ten homes in Slough built to level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes over an 18 month period. The report found that nine of the units were recommissioned and one was replaced after approximately one year of occupation. Previous research by the NHBC Foundation and Zero Carbon Hub has also revealed a number of issues with MVHR systems. In response to this research and following wide consultation with the industry, NHBC is setting a new standard for MVHR which will be included in the 2014 edition of NHBC Standards. This technical guidance, which will be issued to NHBC registered builders in October, will cover issues such as system design, ductwork, location of the fan unit and prevention of condensation. Register for free to view the document.

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National Infrastructure Plan

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This article, from Public Finance, considers whether the government’s National Infrastructure Plan, which promises much, can deliver.

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Short term mitigation ambition pre-2020: Opportunities to close the emissions gap

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At the UN climate negotiations in Durban (2011), UNFCCC Parties agreed to keep global temperature rise below 2°C. This paper provides an overview of the variety of options available at all three dimensions (multilateral negotiating, national acting, and alliances between states and/or non-state actors) to close the emissions gap and thus highlights the possibility of complying with the 2°C limit.

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Toolkit for resilient cities

Posted on: 26 September 2013
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This report explores the role of technology in enhancing the resilience of cities and their critical infrastructure systems, and the enabling actions that can support a new approach to system design and delivery.

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Unstabilised rammed earth

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The use of compacted earth as a building material is common in many countries, but despite its apparent abundance, use of earth as a building material remains relatively rare in the UK. As well as looking at the properties of rammed earth, or pise, this programme asks whether concrete should be added as a stabiliser, the issue of cost, and along the way we look at some high-profile failures and successes.

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Guide for life cycle costing of maintenance during the in use phases of buildings (BS 8544:2013)

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The objectives of this British Standard are to provide: standardised rules and a methodology for the life cycle costing (LCC) of maintenance during in use phases that fully integrate the process of creating and implementing two plans: maintain and renewal; guidance on how to evaluate and prioritize the maintenance works when carrying out budgeting and funding scenarios; and guidance on the implement stage of LCC management of maintenance works. University of Westminster students can view this document by using British Standards online through Library Search.

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