Colt Service – Smoke is a bigger killer than Covid

The built environment is complex and it is essential to consider all aspects of the building and it’s use. COVID-19 may grab more headlines – and justifiably so – but badly maintained smoke control systems remain more of a threat to life and well-being in...

ICC: Tall Mass Timber Special Inspector Certification

Research within the construction industry is ongoing and WOBO was pleased to note the collaboration that has taken place between the American Wood Council and ICC.  The focus on mass timber construction and the recognition of cross laminated timber and the provisions within existing and...

Sustainability: Brilliant Buildings

Sustainability is a key theme but consideration should always be given to the total project from conception through to use and it was interesting to read the “Brilliant Buildings Delivering Sustainability” publication.  The introduction by Alasdair Donn, Head of Building Performance, Willmott Dixon providing a...

Sustainable Development Planning – Shaping our Future

As part of WOBO’s affiliation and collaboration Raymond Chan, Vice President attended and participated in a half day workshop on Sustainable Development Planning organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development, www.wisdp.org.hk/promotion, UNESCO Hong Kong Association. www.unesco.hk/ The group focussed on the understanding...

Canada: First Geothermal Production

The global demand for energy continues and WOBO welcomes initiatives that focus on renewables. The work carried out by DEEP in the development and production of power through Geothermal resources  is most positive. Canada’s First Geothermal Production and Injection Well Test Exceeds Expectations  Dan McCue in...

Condolences: Zuhair Arafat

We are sorry to hear of the loss of another of our WOBO family, again to COVID-19.  Zuhair Arafat, a longtime member and brother of WOBO Governor Harbi Arafat, passed away on September 9, 2020.  Harbi and his family ask that we please all take...

ICC: International Code Council Pushes for Global Work on Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

WOBO members and fellow professionals focus on the provision of clean water, effective sanitation and hygienic standards that protect people in and about the built environment – wherever the location.  As such, we fully support the action taken and would support the initiative proposed by...

BRE: Fire Performance of Cladding Materials

Research is essential to prevent mistakes re-occurring and the British Research Establishment provides evidence of their work following on from the Grenfell Tower fire, London. Octavian Lalu, Senior Fire Safety Scientist at the BRE, has announced that the BRE “state-of-the-art government research programme” regarding the...

Holland: Construction Begins on Wind Farm Fryslân in the IJsselmeer

Renewable energy and its utilisation is key to the future, its capture involves new techniques and technologies required for the effective installation of equipment, energy capture and distribution. On September 7, 2020, offshore construction works for Wind Farm Fryslân were started by driving the first of 89...

Rottenomics – The Story of New Zealand’s Leaky Buildings Disaster

Construction is a risky business.  Things can go wrong or very wrong!  The issues relating to leaky buildings are often local reflecting environmental conditions.  Peter Dyer’s book relates to the issues experienced in New Zealand and the court case which is ongoing. The scale of...

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