CIOB targets ‘next generation’ builders
Aiming to explore possible solutions to future housing, CIOB’s challenge hopes to tap into the next generation of construction managers.
Entrants must design and build their ideas for a three-bedroom house, within limited sites and considering the environment and energy use.
Launched to mark International Construction Management Day on 14 March, the competition will look for innovative solutions to future housing needs, originality, consideration for the environment, and buildability in the real-world. The design will also have to be able to cope with varying weather conditions.
Promoting Construction Careers
The gaming platform ‘Minecraft’ is being used since this provides“… a great opportunity for the industry to tap on the shoulder of the next generation and promote a career in construction. Unlike Lego you can have direct interaction with the player and that is something the industry should explore further.”
said Ciaran Gallagher, CIOB competition organiser. The competition is open to all ages and the winner will receive a 3D print of their design.
Minecraft is a video game in which players create and stack various kinds of blocks in three-dimensional worlds. Launched in 2011 by Swedish studio Mojang, but acquired by Microsoft in 2014, the game has sold more than 70 million copies on PCs, smartphones, tablets and consoles.
Already Used in Schools
MinecraftEdu, a version suitable for use in schools, has already been supplied to around 200 schools in Northern Ireland, as part of an initiative by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, part of the Northern Ireland Executive.
The competition is open until 26 April 2016 and can be found at:www.ciob.org/ICMD
Entrants will need a copy of Minecraft (PC Version) to take part in the challenge.
Update: The winner has now been announced which you can see by following the above link.
Challenging Ways of Working
As the industry changes to embrace new methods, one sector is already leading the way, providing builders with a new workforce and new, innovative ideas, to meet its needs – Timber Engineering. Timber Frame and related systems, like SIP’s and CLT, are now well established and reliable ways of doing this. However, engagement of timber frame designers and manufacturers at the earliest possible stage is essential to capture all the benefits this holds for developers, builders and home owners.
Professionals Increasingly Turning to Timber
As a good natural insulator - timber can help minimise or avoid cold bridging and internal condensation as well as assisting with construction sequencing to save significantly on time, effort and costs. To achieve this many architects and builders are turning to timber engineering firms able to interpret and deliver properly ‘sustainable solutions’ to secure high quality, factory produced elements and deliver better value in their projects.