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Timber Engineering in the 21st Century

By Rubner Holzbau

Wood, which apart from loam is the world’s oldest building material, today is more efficient than even before. Wood not only is a light, stable and renewable material but it also has the capacity to store carbon, and it is heat insulating and fireproof. There is no other material, which is more aesthetic and more manifold in its applications than wood and therefore is the natural answer to all building challenges of the future. 

Fenestration in the Tropics

By Technoform

One of the biggest challenges a building owner face in the tropics is the cost of keeping a building cool and comfortable for its occupants. The building façade or envelope is the first line of defence against the external elements, and according to the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), it accounts for almost 50% of the thermal loads in buildings in tropical regions. 

Terracotta Warriors of the Sustainable Green Built Environment

By LOPO China 

The pursuit for greener and more sustainable buildings has developed impressive innovations in building materials. Yet, the adage old is gold still rings true for some building materials and terracotta sits high on that list. The ancient building material, that translates from Latin as “baked earth” has long outlasted empires that built them, from the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Romans and Chinese.