Low carbon, high safety: fire engineering and embodied carbon

The embodied carbon impact of fire safety measures is relatively unknown. Arup’s Grete Wilson and Dr Emma McIntyre have created a roadmap to establish how engineers can create low carbon designs without compromising fire safety

‘Asking the right questions’: meeting building safety requirements

As chair of the new Industry Competence Steering Group, Hanna Clarke has a crucial role to play in making sure the construction sector comes together to improve competency and meet the requirements of the Building Safety Act. Alex Smith speaks to the artist turned safety expert with a painter’s eye for detail

Science in the city: the challenge of retrofitting labs

Empty retail space in the UK is attracting the attention of the booming life sciences sector. Cundall’s Rob van Zyl looks at the trend for retrofitting laboratories and, in particular, the challenge of ventilating them in built-up areas

Grasp the thread

The final sections of Part 4 of the Building Safety Act have come into force, covering the golden thread and safety case requirements. Dr Hywel Davies explains the implications for building managers and accountable persons

A call for clarity: adopting a design-then-build approach

In the ever-evolving landscape of construction, the traditional single-stage tender process for design and build contracts faces scrutiny. calfordseaden’s Jonathan Harris delves into the practicality of a design-then-build approach

Platform for change: insights from CIBSE Build2Perform Live 2023

CIBSE Build2Perform Live was a platform for industry professionals and academics to highlight the issues vital to the built environment tackling its net zero challenges while ensuring the safety and comfort of end users. Alex Smith, Molly Tooher-Rudd and Mike Sewell report