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  • The usefulness of ready-mix concrete in building infrastructures

    Ready-mix concrete (RMC) is produced at batching plants as per specifications of concrete and then transferred to the project sites.

  • Construction sector staring at an uncertain future due to coronavirus pandemic

    Bangladesh’s construction sector is set to face challenging times because of the coronavirus pandemic as it would slow down the economy, disrupt development activities and put workers out of jobs.

  • How concerned are we about building maintenance?

    Nearly 20 years ago, Rabiul Islam had constructed a four-storey building on his ancestral land in the capital’s Tejgaon area. Just a couple of years ago, he had extended the building to another floor with a tin-shed roof. And in 2018, he had installed tiles on the floors to be able to get higher rent from tenants.

  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and construction industries

    Construction industries are responsible for 30 percent of the total global resources, 40 percent of the global energy consumption as well as 30 percent of the total greenhouse gas emission.

  • 2019: A good year for construction sector

    Bangladesh’s construction industry passed a relatively good year in 2019 riding on increased development activities and mega projects buoyed by a stable economy and rising government expenditure, sector people said.

  • Making rural infrastructure resilient

    Bangladesh should make its rural infrastructures such as roads, bridges, schools, hospitals as well as houses resilient to make them durable and safe so that they can help sustain economic growth.

  • Construction Materials and Safe Construction Practice in Corrosion-Prone Areas

    Corrosion-prone areas can be defined as the areas where chloride ions are available around a structure from seawater or other sources, such as de-icing salt which is used for melting of ice from the road surface to facilitate vehicle movement.

  • Fire protection in buildings: The state of our (un)preparedness

    Fire incidents, in the last few years, seem to have been a common phenomenon in Bangladesh. A society becomes more vulnerable to

  • Understanding the concept and rating system of ‘Green Buildings’

    According to World Green Building Council, a green building is a building that in its design, construction or operation, reduces or

  • Major realtors widen footprint

    Real estate companies, which are known for catering to customers in Dhaka city, are also developing housing projects in many parts of

  • High-Strength Concrete: Key Parameters and Challenges

    High-strength concrete (HSC) is a type of concrete with high compressive strength compared to normal-strength concrete (NSC).

  • What’s new in the upcoming Bangladesh National Building Code?

    A building code is a set of rules that specify minimum standards for the construction of buildings. Buildings must conform to the code to obtain permission from the regulatory authority, usually from a local government body.

  • Permeable concrete for sustainable construction

    Permeable concrete, also known as pervious concrete, is a special type of concrete which is high in porosity, thus making the infiltration of water into the ground easier. While regular concrete contains an admixture of coarse aggregate, sand and water, permeable concrete contains little or no sand in order to make it porous.

  • Realtors happy, cement, steel-makers not

    The proposed budget for the next fiscal year has drawn mixed reactions from the construction sector with realtors set to see a cut in registration cost and no VAT rise whereas cement and steel manufacturers have expressed disappointment.

  • National Budget 2019-20

    Construction sector against any tax, VAT hike

    The upcoming budget should not impose any new tax, duty or value-added tax on the construction sector and rather explore ways to

  • Recycling demolished concrete waste

    Worldwide consumption of concrete is estimated at 20 billion tonnes. To produce such a huge volume of concrete, we need 14 billion

  • Durability of Concrete: Health and Safety Related Issues

    Concrete is a widely used construction material all over the world. Buildings, bridges, tunnels and all of our infrastructures are mostly made of concrete. We may plan a structure for a 50 to 100-year service life.

  • What you should know about corrosion

    Corrosion is degradation of the properties of materials due to interactions with their environment. It results in loss of function of the component or system. Most metals are susceptible to corrosion.

  • Chawkbazar Fire in Dhaka

    FIRE SAFETY ISSUES IN BUILDINGS OF DHAKA CITY

    The human race advanced from the Stone Age when it found a way to control and use fire. Control means the ability to ignite and

  • Precast and Place-Cast Concrete

    Concrete is the second most consumed material in the world after water. It is estimated that every year 21 billion tonnes of concrete are consumed globally by 7 billion people. This large volume of concrete is used for making buildings, bridges, tunnels, roads, ports, and other infrastructures. Based on the place of casting, concrete is divided into place-cast or cast-in-place or cast-in-situ concrete and precast concrete.

  • Construction sector looks to thrive on higher demand

    The construction sector passed a good year in 2018 and looks to perform even better this year on the back of speeding up of implementation of major infrastructure projects.

  • How to overcome the infrastructure deficit in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh is making rapid progress in terms of building infrastructure. As we are on the way to becoming a middle-income country, I am hopeful that we will see a lot of development work in the next couple of years.

  • Cement industry posts record sales in 2018 amid challenges

    Despite various internal and external challenges, cement manufacturers posted the highest ever single-year sales in 2018, on the back of rising consumption of the key construction material in rural areas and development projects, said industry people.

  • Housing solutions for coastal areas of Bangladesh

    Housing is one's fundamental right as per our constitution. The scenario of housing in Bangladesh in general is not good. And the state of coastal housing is even worse. The extreme poor in particular are in an especially grave condition.

  • Efficient logistics key to boosting local trade, global competitiveness

    Bangladesh should put in place efficient transport and trade logistics not only to ensure smooth transportation of goods but also to boost the country's competitiveness globally, analysts said.

  • ALTERNATIVE TO BRICKS

    Bricks are rectangular blocks of baked topsoil from agricultural land and are used mainly for building walls and roads. They are also used for making coarse aggregate for concrete in civil engineering structures of some countries including Bangladesh.

  • Fire safety: improving capacities, but a long way to go yet

    Fire-safety has been a lingering concern for the citizens of Dhaka for decades. Of all the major hazards facing Dhaka today, fires pose the greatest risk—congested roads, closely packed buildings, narrow lanes and a general lack of awareness of fire hazards make Dhakaites more at risk of death and injury by fire than any other.

  • Not just an apartment

    Bangladesh's real estate companies are increasingly incorporating new features and solutions to their apartments to cater to the demands of clients who want not just a flat, but a place they can call home.

  • Construction site safety: progress made or more of the same?

    With a rapidly burgeoning urban landscape despite a slew of issues like lack of planning, congestion and astronomical land prices,

  • Local construction firms grow from strength to strength

    Local contractors in Bangladesh are increasingly coming of age as they show strengths in terms of timely-delivery of projects as well

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