London: Failed, fallen structural components at the Cheesegrater building prompt investigation

The Leadenhall Building at 122 Leadenhall Street in London, also known affectionately as the Cheesegrater due to its unique shape, is 47-stories tall and is the UK's 4th largest building. Featuring a cutting edge high-performance building envelope incorporating passive heating and cooling elements, 85% of its construction took place off-site, making it one of the … Continue reading London: Failed, fallen structural components at the Cheesegrater building prompt investigation

“Smart Bricks” are like Lego blocks for building real buildings better, faster and cheaper

Modular construction—using prefabricated building components to rapidly assemble complete structures—has garnered significant interest in the industry over the last decade or so. An innovative startup out of the UK, Kite Brick Ltd, has come up with a downright playful approach to modular construction. The so-called smart bricks that are being prototyped by the company (US … Continue reading “Smart Bricks” are like Lego blocks for building real buildings better, faster and cheaper

China: Highly efficient 30-story hotel built in 15 days using pre-fab

A colleague sent this to me just now. BROAD Sustainable Building Co., LTD accomplished a fascinating feat through pre-fabrication of erecting an entire 30-story hotel in just 15 days. The project is located in the Hunan province of Southern China and was designed/engineered to be incredibly energy efficient, with less than 1% construction waste, as … Continue reading China: Highly efficient 30-story hotel built in 15 days using pre-fab