Timber shortage due to 'unprecedented' post-lockdown demand

Prices are rising sharply as climate change and post-lockdown DIY and building projects hit supplies.

Aug. 3, 2021 ~5 min

Using plastic waste to help solve sand shortages

With construction sand in short supply crushed plastic is being used as an alternative.

July 18, 2021 ~7 min

UK space race investment 'is heating up'

The space industry is one of the UK's fastest growing sectors, worth £14.8bn a year.

June 11, 2021 ~4 min

Curious Kids: Can plastic waste be made into bricks for new houses?

From larger-than-life Lego blocks to bird-nest inspired structures, researchers are finding innovative ways to reuse and recycle the plastic we throw away.

Karthikeyan Kandan, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, De Montfort University • conversation
April 19, 2021 ~5 min

Green plan to upgrade homes was 'botched', say MPs

A scheme offering people up to £10,000 for insulation has only reached 10% of its target, MPs say.

March 22, 2021 ~5 min

HS2: Moving ancient woodland habitat for rail line flawed, ecologists say

Soil is being moved to new sites but ecologists question whether the process is effective.

Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

JCB electric digger wins top MacRobert engineering prize

An all-electric construction vehicle from the Staffordshire firm wins this year's MacRobert Award.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
July 9, 2020 ~2 min

Algorithms are designing better buildings

Algorithms can now work out the best ways to lay out rooms, construct buildings and even change them over time to meet user needs.

Silvio Carta, Head of Art and Design, University of Hertfordshire • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Would you eat a 'steak' printed by robots?

3D printing is meeting some of the ambitions touted when the technology emerged 20 years ago.

By Emma Woollacott • bbcnews
Feb. 25, 2020 ~6 min

Climate change: The massive CO2 emitter you may not know about

Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. How can this be changed?

By Lucy Rodgers • bbcnews
Dec. 17, 2018 ~12 min