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Augmented reality: imagine being able to sell the concept to an occupier by walking them around the interior, rearranging the layout, generally letting them know how the space they will be occupying would look all before digging a single trench or laying a single brick.

Block Structures - Orthodox and Hexagonal Case Study: This case study examines the differences between orthodox and hexagonal block structures in relation to economics of construction. The case studies discusses testing, performance and expected applications.

Cardiothoracic Centre at Basildon: The new Cardiothoracic Centre at Basildon Hospoital demonstrates the benefits of collaborative design. Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital Trust used Procure21 to deliver a state of the art hospital facility which delivers real benefits for patients and staff and enables future flexibility and expansion.

Collaborative Planning Brings Real Results for Stepnell Ltd: After winning the bid to build the school, the next hurdle was working out how to deliver it to a tight deadline using teams assembled during the bidding process. Having previously used collaborative planning with successful results, Stepnell Ltd knew the process would benefit both designers and constructors, bringing them together and reducing risk for all parties concerned.

CrackFirstTM: A fatigue sensor system for welded joints in steel structures, capable of providing advance warning of the rate at which the design life is being consumed. Strainstall Crackfirst brochure.

Data Analysis and Clear Communication Helped Lindum Construction Improve their Efficiency: They chose to use BRE's CLIP (Construction Lean Improvement Programme) to improve their site management methods and efficiency on two projects in Lincoln. The main aim was to make the sites more effective, improving their margins without increasing their turnover.

DFM House, Oxley Woods Block B: The Oxley Woods site is part of the Design for Manufacture (DfM) programme, which is a government led challenge to build high quality, well designed and sustainable houses for a construction cost of £60,000.

Earthwool glass-fibre insulation: This new insulation from Knauf Insulation is manufactured using recycled glass bottles and also benefits from a new, low-carbon binder material.

Fabric Formwork Concrete: Sustainable design means thinking about how much control, or energy, apply to material processes. The more control handed over to natural forces, the better. One way of achieving this is by casting concrete with fabric membranes – an alternative to traditional concrete shuttering that allows for more efficient and expressive structures.

Hydrotech: a new, innovative MPS water system that provides water ingress protection for both new and existing structures. It uses a fully incorporated monitoring system to meet agreed performance objectives.

Identifying and Removing Waste Improves Productivity for NG Bailey: They were looking for significant productivity gains on a number of key projects, and enlisted the support of BRE's CLIP (Construction Lean Improvement Programme) to help.

INTEGER Pilot Project, Cherhill, Wiltshire: demonstrates how intelligent and green innovation can be applied in a rural location. This case study examines the key innovations and the key factors for successful innovation.

INTEGER Pilot Project, Harlow, Essex: demonstrates the importance of consulting with housing managers in delivering successful project. This case study examines the key innovations and the key factors contributing to successful innovation.

Integrated Facilities - Bunny Hill Primary Care Centre - Sunderland: Bunny Hill Primary Care Centre (PCC) forms part of a new multi-purpose Sunderland Customer Service Centre providing local residents with a wide range of public services. This case study provides an overview of the challenges to implementing integrated facilities and the benefits that the approach has brought.

Intelligent Engineering Sandwich Plate System Floors Compatibility Mode: The Sandwich Plate System (SPS) is a technology that has been used in a wide variety of applications in the maritime and civil engineering industries for a number of years, and is now moving into the built environment. In flooring solutions, SPS lends itself well to the increase in industry demand for off-site construction and fit-out, reducing inter-trade complexity on-site.

Intelligent Engineering Sandwich Plate System Grandstands at Ascot: Following early problems with the design and layout of its grandstands, Intelligent Engineering SPS technology has been quickly and successfully used to improve the stand profile.

Intelligent monitoring solutions for ageing infrastructure assets: The integration of intelligent sensor technology utilised both from construction of assets and retro-fitting can provide accurate telemetry information of the condition of assets, which will allow asset owners to make informed decisions concerning maintenance.

Jablo: is a lightweight cellular material suitable for a whole range of applications from cut boards, to moulded panels to being incorporated into SIPS panels. Jablo offers enhanced thermal performance of up to 20% over traditional insulants.

Lean Construction – Continuously Improving Quality, Cost and Delivery: Huge amounts of time and resource is wasted daily during construction activities. This waste has an obvious impact on bottom line profits, but also; impacts on build times, effects the quality of work, and causes employee dissatisfaction leading to increased staff turnover and absences.

Modcell: MBE KTN first became aware of ‘Modcell' during a visit to the University of Bath in September 2007. At that time, the project was described as an innovative prefabricated building system using straw bales.

Remote Assessment of Earthwork Stability in Transport Corridor Environments: Road and rail networks earthwork structures such as embankments, account for a large proportion of the infrastructure which underpins these resources. However, embankments can be susceptible to slope failure and monitoring and doing condition appraisals are costly and inefficient. High resolution geospatial databases may have the potential to offer a remote and cost-effective solution to risk assessment.

RFID Carbon Footprinting and Building Zones: RFID tokens to monitor space usage and calculate personal carbon footprints: This case study from Building Zones explains how active RFID tokens are being used in a pilot project at a Royal Bank of Scotland data centre to build a carbon footprint dashboard and to understand how different spaces on an office floor are actually used in practice.

Sandwich Plate System Terraces Assessment: A recent report by Mott MacDonald concludes that SPS Terraces save weight, time and cost in the construction of high quality stadia and arenas.

Startlink: building the future: Pultruded FRP construction. The Startlink case for PFRP.

StrawJet Inc: a US-based organisation, has developed an innovative manufacturing system for automated straw bale wall construction.

VHB Tape and Dual-Lock Fastener: This combination of high-bond adhesive with a reclosable fastener from 3M provides a way of fixing decorative panels, sign boards or even lightweight services trunking within buildings. VHB Tape can be used on its own as a structural adhesive for glazing or cladding panels.

The BRE Innovation Park, Watford: The BRE Innovation Park, situated at BRE's Watford site is an extraordinary grouping of some of the world's most sustainable buildings – zero and low carbon homes grouped around a landscaped area designed to provide a cohesive community space. The Park has become a test-bed for trialling solutions in response to new challenges faced by the construction industry, with the key aim of catalysing change and moving the industry forward. This has been achieved by embracing recognised best practice and innovating in response to new challenges.