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Download: This is Concrete - 10 Years, 10 Insights

19 Jul 2018

This new ‘This is Concrete’ 32-page magazine features expert viewpoints and the latest industry data to provide 10 sustainability insights based on best practice and reflecting lessons learnt in the 10 years since the launch of the concrete industry sustainable construction strategy.

New Cements

06 Jul 2018

The specification of concrete code BS 8500 is being amended this summer to include three-part blends of cement such as Portland cement, GGBS and limestone fines or Portland cement, fly ash and limestone fines. These are low carbon cements which will improve the range of options available to designers, specifiers and producers.

BS8666 – Call for Comments

06 Jul 2018

BS8666, Scheduling, dimensioning, bending and cutting of steel reinforcement for concrete is to undergo a general revision with work having just started.

Concept Software – the Economical Concrete Solution

06 Jul 2018

Did you know that there is a free simple spreadsheet that can give you the most economical concrete option for your building and size the columns for you too?  Concept gives you 13 different reinforced concrete floor options with simplified costings to help you choose the best solution. 

The Evolution of BREEAM

06 Jul 2018

While not radically different to its predecessor, BREEAM New Construction 2018 does contain some significant changes. These include greater use of Environment Performance Declarations (EPDs) for Life Cycle Analysis in the Materials category. Another is an overhaul of the methodology related to the use of recycled aggregates. 

New approval structures recommended by the Hackitt Review

05 Jul 2018

The press coverage and political conversation has focussed on what Hackitt has not done: the report has not recommended the banning of combustible cladding and it has not recommended compulsory sprinklers. But what does the report say?  It claims that our building regulations system is not fit for purpose, enforcement is inadequate and that the means of demonstrating competency is inadequate. 

To address these, Hackitt recommends creation of new structures: to validate and assure guidance, to deliver rigorous enforcement, to improve and accredit competency. Tony Jones, Principal Structural Engineer at The Concrete Centre explains more.