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Put all construction industry knowledge in one place and make it available to everyone for free

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Construction in the UK employs 2.4 million people in 340,000 organisations, each one of which is creating and accessing a vast amount of expert knowledge. Everything from how to prepare a brief for a new project, right through to getting tax breaks for water efficient taps. But that knowledge is inaccessible, fragmented and dispersed. If we integrate it into a single resource that is easily accessible by everyone, the construction industry will be more efficient, more collaborative, more innovative and it will make fewer mistakes.


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With 7.5 million unique users a year, Designing Buildings Wiki is the most popular construction industry website in the UK. It gives free access to more than 9,000 articles about the planning, design, construction and operation of built assets. Users can find articles about things they don't know, and write articles about things they do.

The knowledge it holds is curated, structured and linked together to create a single, growing, evolving resource. 20,000 construction terms and industry acronyms have been defined and hundreds of thousands of internal links help users get to the knowledge they need as quickly as possible.


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It is owned by Designing Buildings Limited, a company founded by project manager David Trench CBE FCIOB , architect Dr Gregor Harvie, construction law solicitor Richard Winward LLB FCIArb FCInst CES and chartered banker and finance director Martin Cantor.

It's refers mainly to processes and practices adopted in England and Wales, although much of the content is also applicable in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and users in many other countries will find it helpful.

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