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Fire Safety Planning for the New Year

As the new year gets underway, it is an absolute must to ensure that the contents of the fire safety plan (FSP) are up to date. Each FSP is required by code to be reviewed at intervals of no greater than…

Book Review: The New Carbon Architecture

This book makes the convincing case that we have to change the way we build, that it is no longer enough just to save energy. French mathematician and theologian Blaise Pascal once wrote “Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que…

How high-rise demolitions go down in Singapore

When a high-rise building in Singapore needs to be demolished, contractors don’t come in with a wrecking ball. “Last time, they used a concrete ball,” Ginlee Construction managing director Tommy Lim told Channel NewsAsia. “But of course, last time, the HDB…

Is bamboo the ideal building material?

“Bamboo is too close to an ideal structural material.” This statement by Neil Thomas during his talk at Bamboo U, which took place in November 2017 in Bali, really caught my attention. Neil is the director of atelier one, a London office of structural engineering, whose outstanding…

How tech tackled the construction industry’s inefficiency in 2017

The year 2017 may be remembered for many things in technology, such as Amazon’s big push into offline retail, milestone moments in autonomous vehicles, or major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI). But for every jaw-dropping story that hits the tech press, there are broader microtrends that…

Why we should build our homes the way we build cars

It’s almost 2018 and we are still building our homes like it’s 1918. It’s time to fix this. It’s hard, finding a good contractor. The Washington Post describes a certain Daniel W. Jamison, who ran out on a $41,000 renovation and was sued…