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Innovation & Research

Issue No. 51 IN THIS ISSUE

Buildings & Building Services Façade design guidance Guide to HVAC design

Construction processes Biodiversity and building


Better synthetic sports pitches 5 Biodiversity and building Concrete fire test results CPD by CD

Façade design guidance Fluid-structure interaction Guide to HVAC design


Hydraulic design of large paved areas6 Environment

Biodiversity and building Ground engineering


Research Compendium Materials & Safety


Better synthetic sports pitches 5 Concrete fire test results

Fluid-structure interaction Water for food 5

Joining pre-cast concrete components8 Structures


Joining pre-cast concrete components8 Water

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Quality and risk in ground work 7 Offshore wind turbine foundations 4

Effective re-use of materials such as concrete is a vital element of sustainable construction


he road-show will visit ten locations around the UK, having started off in London in October. Workshops will include lectures, worked examples, case studies and feedback/discussion sessions, including:

• the waste management licensing regime, duty of care and hazardous wastes;

• waste minimisation; • alternative materials and recycling; • specifications and quality control; • the oil storage regulations; • environmental management systems; • water pollution prevention and discharge consents.

The road-show will be valuable to a wide range of delegates, particularly those in small to medium sized enterprises who do not have ready access to information on sustainable construction practices, even though they could implement them in the course of their work. The workshops will also benefit engineers requiring knowledge on sustainability as part of their professional development.

For further information please contact Mary Treen at TRL (01344-770514; fax: 01344 770990; E-mail:

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Sustainable construction road-show If the objectives of sustainable construction are to be achieved, it is essential that the

construction industry as a whole is involved in the process. To deliver the latest practical information on sustainable construction for infrastructure, TRL, with CIRIA and the Environment Agency, are running a road-show, known as SCiP (Sustainable Construction in Practice), sponsored by the DTI Partners in Innovation Programme.


New name & web service for our

2nd half-century We are delighted to announce that, as Focus enters its second half-century of issues, it has a new name, a new by- line, and is now available on the web at


ith many projects being undertaken by sponsors now being aimed at securing innovation in its broadest sense and not conventional research, Research Focus has become Innovation and Research Focus, to better reflect these changes. In addition, the new by-line reflects that broad- ening of coverage.

To enhance service to readers, and with the aims of winning new readers, and securing more involvement and improved service, IRF is now also at www.innovationandresearch, where it can be viewed and searched, and from which individual articles and whole issues can be downloaded. The four most-recent issues are already available on the website and over the next few months, all of the still-current articles from the last five years’ issues of Research Focus will be added to the site.

Paper copies will continue to be printed and distributed as now. However, we hope that many existing and new readers will log on to the website and register their interest in notifications about future issues and further information from IRF’s sponsors.

For further information, please go to the new website or contact IRF’s Editor, Roger Venables, at Venables Consultancy (020 8399 4389; fax: 020 8390 9368; E-mail: Innovation & Research Focus Issue 51 NOVEMBER 2002 1

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