Sunday, 6 February 2011

A Fine Piece of Scaffolding -Observations from a Site in Cochin


Bamboo, an extremely eco-friendly and cost-effective resource,  has long been used as scaffolding in Asia.

Bamboo can  be cut and tailor-made and it can be configured into a variety of shapes and follow irregular architectural features of a building.

It takes very little time to put up, is light and easily transportable to other sites and it can easily be recycled and used for another project.
 
Oh and it doesn't rust.
 
But, however wonderful the material is to put up I think there are a few toe boards, guard rails and brick guards missing in the photo.

Bamboo Architecture




Saturday, 5 February 2011

The Site Waste Management Plans Regulations 2008 and the CDM Regulations 2007




Take one project with an approximate value of £1m (so you are well above the limit as to when The Site Waste Management Plans Regulations 2008 apply)

Add one Client
Add one Landlord who has his own views on how the project should be procured
Add three separate buildings on the same site
Treat the works to all three buildings as one project for the purposes of the CDM Regulations
Appoint a different Principal Contractor per individual building


Result:
A set of Regulations that can, in these circumstances, be cumbersome and unnecessarily bureaucratic to apply.








So You Believe in Green? But How Green Would you Go?






In the pursuit of alternative energy systems it's too easy to be blinded by technology.

Think:


Solar energy
Wind power
Biomass systems
Wave power

And a newly coined term: Ecoarchitecture

But how about a little bit of manpower whilst enjoying some exercise at the same time?

Except you're not going anywhere.

So sharpen your knives and blades whilst  riding your bike?


As seen on the streets of Pydoni in Mumbai January 2011