Using a Lego-style approach can deliver a semi-detached home in under eight weeks, writes Trish DromeyTaking a Lego-style approach to construction, Cork building technology company Glavloc has developed a rapid-build system it says can be used to complete an average-sized three-bed semi in just six to eight weeks.“Our technology can be used to construct a building in a quarter of the time used in traditional masonry and half the time involved in building an offsite timber-framed structure,” says Glavloc founder and managing director Paul Glavin, who has global plans for the innovative system for which he has secured worldwide patents.The system involves the mass production of generic components which are manufactured in a range of sizes — along the lines of Lego pieces although made mainly from timber.“The components can be fabricated and stockpiled regardless of the type of building they are being used for. This means much shorter lead-in times from ordering to … [Read more...] about Laying blocks for rapid success in building semi-detached homes
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A £20m plan to extend Middlesbrough's Boho zone will help the town's "best kept secret" continue to thrive, councillors hope. The town's digital sector adds more than £300m a year to the town's economy and employs around 1,000 people. But the companies who have kickstarted the town's digital revolution are growing and more start-ups are following - and there isn't enough space to accommodate them. Now, leaders at Middlesbrough Council are proposing extending what's known as the Boho zone further into Middlehaven - providing stackable offices, a new 60,000 sq ft office building and even new housing. The Boho zone is the branding applied to dozens of small and medium sized digital companies, that can sometimes fly under the radar. But companies in the area around Boho One on Bridge Street West - and in follow-up accommodation around Queen's Square and the railway station - specialise in areas which include video games, immersive technology, web and software development, … [Read more...] about New offices and homes in £20m plan to boost ‘best kept secret’
At the very heart of the £110bn gaming market, the console wars have raged for decades. From the febrile 90s face-off of Sega v Nintendo -- with Sonic and Super Mario the unlikely generals of an often down-and-dirty scrap-- to the more recent three-way battle between Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, the battle for supremacy under the television has driven video games to become the most valuable entertainment industry in the world. There have been casualties along the way, but alongside the ubiquity of blockbuster PC gaming, consoles have been the industry’s great survivor. Many predicted their downfall before this ‘generation’ of hardware began in 2013, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One set to suffer in the face of the burgeoning mobile games market. How quaint that seems now. While mobile gaming is a vast industry, making up 51% of the global gaming market, console gaming has continued to flourish. Sony has sold over 91 million PS4s so far, … [Read more...] about Does cloud gaming mean game over for the home console?
Making this work is not just about fancy tools like Slack, it's also about setting up transparent information flows, and embedding routine-driven processes. Have strong routines allows you to give staff greater autonomy since they already know what to do next most of the time. Lower the need for continuous management intervention is a big productivity win. These strategies are something that I have adapted from the open-source software community, as they have proven very effective in allowing large numbers of distributed people who barely know each other to work together. The most important borrowing is the idea of transparency - that everyone's work happens in the open, and anybody can review and verify it. Peer pressure is much stronger that management pressure. By 'open-source software' I mean not only such famous examples as the Linux operating system that runs most of the world's websites, but also large swathes of system infrastructure that goes unseen but is essential internet … [Read more...] about Startup diary: You’d be crazy not to tap into open-source software and communities
“The Shift Project”, a non-governmental group, passes on solutions for environmental renovation that are implemented in some European countries. EURACTIV France’s media partner La Tribune reports. In France, it had been expected since 2015 and the enactment of the law on the energy transition and green growth (LTECV). However, the decree specifying the modalities of the digital book for monitoring and maintaining housing was never published in the official journal. The bill for housing, spatial and digital development (Élan), which was recently adopted at its final reading at the National Assembly, re-established the notorious digital book for monitoring and maintaining housing. It will be compulsory in new buildings from 2020 and then introduced for old ones from 2025 when there is a change of owner. Once more, the implementation decree will be much awaited by environmental renovation professionals. A personalised platform in Belgium In other European countries, … [Read more...] about Energy efficient building renovation: The German and Flemish examples