Survey reveals concerns about tall buildings

The UK construction industry is concerned about its ability meet the challenges posed by high-rise buildings, according to a new report.

A new report from Uponor shows that the industry does not feel equipped enough to deal with the current demands of high-rise construction.

Emerging from the research was the view that buildings shape our health and wellbeing on a daily basis with 89% of those surveyed agreeing.

However, almost two thirds of those surveyed said that in the current climate, creating a truly healthy building simply isn’t possible without compromise.

The report, produced by Uponor in conjunction with mechanical and electric (M&E) consultants from across the UK, also reveals expert opinion on net-zero buildings and the use of technology in construction, with debate on how the evolving nature of the industry is affecting their work and how the sector can overcome the challenges exposed.

‘Uponor has worked in the high-rise sector for many years and has played a crucial role in the delivery of safe and fit-for-purpose water delivery systems in some of the best-known buildings in the UK,’ said project development manager, James Griffiths.

‘Now however, it is time for us to look forward and to gain insight into the future of the sector and see how the industry needs to respond in order to meet current and future expectations, particularly where water management in high-rise is concerned.

‘Our tall buildings are no longer feats of engineering in themselves; demands require them to be net-zero, support the health and wellbeing of their inhabitants and utilise the latest in modern technology in their construction. It seems the sky is the limit for the future of high-rise in the UK and this report looks into how feasible this is for our industry.’

The full report — High-Rise and Net-Zero Buildings of Tomorrow: Is the Construction Industry Ready? is available to read here.

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