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One of the main advantages of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for building designers has always been the fact that strength, dimensional stability, insulation, and acoustic performance are built into the panel design. Performance is guaranteed without the need for additional treatments and coatings. As leading innovators in SIP technology, Innovaré Systems is taking those advantages…

As far back as 2011 the Government Construction Strategy called for new approaches to the way that publicly funded construction projects are procured and delivered. The intention was to place outcomes and value at the centre of decision making. How well have procurement teams and the industry generally risen to this challenge? Perhaps we’ll leave…

Building programmes on existing school sites present particular issues. School land, especially in towns and cities, is often at a premium. Nobody wants to eat further into sports and outdoor play facilities, so new buildings often have to fit into very tight spaces. These spaces are frequently alongside or among existing buildings where teaching and…

At first sight, greater flexibility and greater certainty might not seem to go naturally together on construction projects. But this is just another example of how offsite construction using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) is rewriting the rules. Stick to trusted design concepts and known methods and you’ll arrive at the most predictable outcome – or…

The Long-Term View of Value in Education Building Unlike the direct cost of a building project, value can sometimes be harder to quantify. But the value equation is one that matters a great deal to schools, academies and local authorities. Expensive heating and maintenance, for example, can make a big difference to annual operating costs….

Is the construction industry a friend of the environment? Look at the facts and it’s difficult to make a case that we are. While the environmental record may be improving there are some inherent problems that will be hard to overcome unless we change the ways in which we build. Reducing Construction Waste with Offsite…

When we are aiming to create inspiring and energy-efficient learning spaces the last thing we need is to be constrained in our ambition and creativity. But school building projects often involve a fragmented process that cascades risk from one stage to the next. This has not been the ideal environment in which to be bold….

The challenges faced by building projects in education are heightened by a number of factors. First, the effectiveness of learning spaces is not an area for compromise, and neither is the building performance in terms of durability, energy efficiency and acoustics. Added to this construction often has to take place on a restricted site with…