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Innovation & Research

Issue No. 54


Managing value in design Energy


Energy in developing countries 4 Environment

Climate change for construction 6 Reinforcing steel from waste tyres 2 Vegetation on alternative materials 3

Flood & Coastal Defence Managing Flood defences


Sustainable pavement design Innovation

Major DTI R&I Programmes

Managing value in design Infrastructure

Unlocking whole-life value Materials


Using lasers to assess structures 8 Sustainability

Sustainable pavement design

Whole-life assessment Unlocking whole-life value

5 Sustainable cement and concrete 7 3 5 5

Promoting excellence in engineering 7 Management

4 3

Reinforcing steel from waste tyres 2 Standard reference for steel in fire 2

The Project Team for the Greyabbey & Kircubbin Wastewater Treatment Works in Northern Ireland receive their Excellent CEEQUAL Award from ICE President Professor Adrian Long.

6 CEEQUAL going public T

he CEEQUAL Environmental Assessment and Awards Scheme, being developed by a team of 28 Partners led by the Institution of Civil Engineers, is nearing its public launch. So far, the project has been trialled on projects undertaken by

Project Partners and, during the spring and summer, the first full assessments have been undertaken on Partners’ projects, leading to the first set of CEEQUAL Awards to eight projects. Three were presented at the ICE 2003 Conference in Belfast in June, and the other five at the CEEQUAL London Launch to be held in September, after which anyone will be able to apply to have their project assessed.

For further details please go to in the first instance. For more details, to register interest in attending the launch meeting and/or interest in applying for an award, please contact the CEEQUAL Project Team at Crane Environmental Ltd,

(020 8399 4389; Fax: 020 8390 9368; Email:


Façade design and procurement The design of façades and their procurement are inseparable processes.

Design has to recognise and sometimes expand the limitations of manufacture and construction. This may entail technical or commercial risks that have to be recognised within the procurement process. This is particularly so with the use of new materials such as titanium or terracotta panels, and with non-traditional use of older cladding materials such as glass, which is used in sizes unimaginable a few years ago.


he conference on façade design and procurement, which took place at the University of Bath in April 2003, covered the many different materials involved in, and aspects of, cladding performance. Principal areas for discussion were the use of glass, building physics, whole-life performance,

specification and verification. The conference comprised 29 papers, with authors from five countries, and the proceedings are available from CWCT.

Communication of design intent was a particular theme throughout the conference. Specification was discussed in many of the papers with emphasis placed on the need to communicate clearly and appropriately. Methods for interactive specification were discussed and the roles of the different parties involved in design and procurement were explored.

For further information, please contact Stephen Ledbetter at CWCT (01225 826541; Email:

We are delighted to welcome the Royal Academy of Engineering as a new Sponsor of Innovation & Research Focus – see page 7 for their first article.

GlaxoSmithKline Building, London (Courtesy of RHWL) Innovation & Research Focus Issue 54 AUGUST 2003 1 August 2003

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