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8 February 1990CNPLUS
In Brussels, eight new structural design codes or Eurocodes covering, steel, concrete, masonry, timber, composite materials and structures in seismic zones, are being slowly shaped. So that the Eurocodes can become working ingredients for all the member states before 1992, new 'hard edged' technical committees have been established with the responsibility of providing a flexible method whereby a code can be used alongside existing national codes.Eurocode 5 deals with timber structures. The use of timber, will take on a greater significance than has been seen for centuries in England and Wales.Some 80 per cent of housing in Scotland is timber frame construction. In England and Wales, a mixture of unhelpful regulations and ill informed opinions of building societies have kept timber framed houses to the odd one out of town. The fact that the building was more comfortable to live in, healthy, energy saving, and often better looking than its brick and concrete neighbours was never taken into account.Slowly we are becoming aware that we have been missing the bull's eye. In a world where our thinking must be in terms of global responsibilities, the fact that timber is a renewable product capable of being carefully farmed without the destruction of rain forests must not be missed. Timber is an environmentally friendly product.Early this year construction will begin on a 100 home social housing scheme in Penplas, Swansea for Swansea City Council. The London based architect PCKO was awarded a £10,000 prize in the 1989 Urbanbuild Architects' Design Competition for the scheme's design.Andrew Ogorzalek, PCKO's principal, comes from Krakow, Poland and established his UK firm in 1980 when he won the Crystal Palace Housing Competition for 46 homes, also sponsored by the RIBA. This finished project has received the Housing Design Award and the Civic Trust Award.The Penplas scheme to be built by Gwalia Housing Society, funded by Tai Cymru (Housing for Wales, retains elements of traditional towns and villages). The buildings are to be grouped to create practical and convenient courtyards, as well as close-knit streets of varying widths by using the 'art of architecture' so often forgotten in the formality of insensitive housing estates. Here there will be a village square as a focal point, and other visual appetizers.Andrew Ogorzalek's aim is to demonstrate with timber frame construction that it is possible to create an attractive modern environment from traditional roots. 'This is achieved,' he says, 'by both contrast and co-existence between traditional materials that form the roots of the scheme and flexible, lightweight timber frame construction blossoming from them, with a variety of cladded and glazed panels.'Mr Ogorzalek is aware that new Eurocodes of practice are being developed, but was unsure of where the interaction of such codes would take place.He argues that a full technical survey of the existing land must be undertaken, especially whereSwansea is concerned - a city that had long been an industrial centre and so many deposits of toxic and polluting chemical residues could have remained in the soil.Construction drawings indicate ventilated floor voids, and high insulation in both walls and floors. If Eurocode 5 does become part of the Building Regulations in England and Wales, before the work at Penplas gets onto its fast track, the architects and builders will find the code and its supporting technical specifications is very open, permitting the use of any material so long as it has been produced to an acceptable standard, subject to high quality control and tested to determine structural properties.One of the Urbanbuild Competition sponsors was the American Plywood Association whose vice-president, David Rogoway, attended the Urban Housing Summit in Amsterdam. Mr Rogoway talks, thinks and possibly dreams timber. He is the timber ambassador for the pacific north west of America.'You know, when the earthquake hit San Francisco it was the timber framed buildings that were still standing, the same when in Alaska an earthquake struck at 6.9 on the Richter Scale,' he says. 'Timber built, provided that it has good quality control, high standard of design-and-build management, can produce a low energy low cost answer to the problems of urban deprivation.'The Penplas housing scheme will become the focus for an international conference in Swansea later this year to examine the challenges of inner city redevelopment.Timber construction like anything else must not be done on the cheap, and that is where the new European Codes of Practice may bite the hardest.
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25 October 1990CNPLUS
The Chartered Institute of Building is currently supporting several initiatives designed to promote this ideal of professionalism in the industry. One is the Building Matters campaign taken through the length and breadth of the country by Mr Massey's predecessor as president, Ian Dixon.This campaign is, however, directed towards improving the industry's image and appeal among the rising generation. The idea is to get young men and women interested in building as a career as early as possible in their development.With the aid of its sponsors, CIOB has spent a great deal of time and resources in organising the careers bus tours, which visited a large number of schools and took parties of school children onto building sites in a bid to arouse their interest in the industry.Now, says Mr Massey, the Building Employers Confederation has expressed considerable interest in joining with CIOB in the next Building Matters campaign. 'We are hoping that with backing from the BEC's regional organisations and more help from CITB the campaign will roll on and convince young people that construction is the country's biggest and most exciting industry.'In another major effort to demonstrate building's sense of responsibility for quality and competence, CIOB has declared commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) obligatory from the beginning of this year.'We will be following this up by random selection among our membership to verify that the minimum 20 hours spent on CPD is being upheld. That is not going to be easy, and we may have to put out some warnings.'We think that commitment to CPD is very important in demonstrating what professionalism means. Building management has been part of CIOB for 30 years and indeed we are the only institute to offer management training and we have to be professional about it.'CIOB's work in the field of management training and education has attracted a great deal of interest from overseas. Recently a delegation led by Pat Cullimore visited Poland. Such was the importance accorded to this event by the Polish government that Mr Massey and Peter Vangucci from CIOB were asked to join in a conference at the end of the tour, attended by Britain's ambassador and the Polish Ministers responsible for the construction industry.Within a few days of his installation as president, Mr Massey departed for the People's Republic of China where he expanded the contacts made two years ago when a delegation from China's Building Technology Department Centre in Beijing visited Britain.The Chinese are interested in taking advantage of the management and financial expertise that can be tapped through membership of CIOB. Mr Massey says that Professor Ye Yaoxian in Beijing has said he wants to become the institute's first member in China.'We will be looking at his qualifications and he may well have to take a mature route. Professor Zing in Shanghai has expressed a similar view. With this impetus developing in China it may well be that membership will build up towards the point where they can form their own centre as our members have done in Hong Kong. Such a development could be of great interest to our membership in the Far East.'The Chinese are very keen to resume the programme of visits to the UK but that will have to await a restoration of normal political contacts at government level.'While we were in China, we had Professor Michael Romans talking to the American Council for Construction Education about the accreditation of American degrees to facilitate membership of the institute in Britain.'At the same time ACCE is reviewing our syllabuses and examinations to see what recognition they can give to our qualifications. If successful, our members will be able to operate in the USA on the same footing as those who have graduated from American universities.'Perhaps more significant, Americans seeking a point of entry to the European market will look to the UK and CIOB membership as the best qualification to gain recognition of their services.'Through its involvement with the Construction Industry Standing Conference, CIOB is supporting the idea of a combined degree for all construction professionals. This may be why Mr Massey and others at the forefront of the professional development movement are wondering whether the designation 'chartered building engineer' might be more appropriate for the construction professional of the future.
13 April 2000AARON MORBY
Agenda; National Construction Week is a great idea and a fantastic opportunity to promote the industry. But a lot more needs to be done, writes Aaron Morby
25 October 1990CNPLUS
The 1991 Young Consulting Engineer Award (formerly the Young Engineer Award) has been launched by the Association of Consulting Engineers and the Worshipful Company of Engineers.Candidates, aged under 30, must be chartered engineers (or qualified for registration as such) and must be employed by a member of the ACE. They must demonstrate competence and significant achievement in their careers and display an understanding of the role and purpose of the consulting engineer within society.Closing date for nominations is January 4, 1991. Details are available from the ACE, Alliance House, 12 Caxton Street, London SW1H 0QL. Tel: 071-222 6557.