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Ecological comparison of facade systems

The results of an ecological comparison of facade renovation systems are revealed by Ian Anderson, managing director at rainscreen cladding manufacturer Steni UK. The growing popularity in the UK of dry-trade construction methods has led to a plethora of rainscreen... View Article

ICF – the concrete choice for true building performance

Jean-Marc Bouvier, UK technical manager for Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) manufacturer NUDURA, talks about how this proven building envelope technology offers a fast-track, economical and sustainable solution that’s built to last. Building with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) is a proven... View Article

The changing world of roofing

Ray Horwood CBE, chief executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, discusses the impact of revisions to BS 5534 and the GRO code. Given the pivotal role that architects and specifiers play in the design and specification of the... View Article

Solar shading meets thermal performance

When specifying solar control, not just any curtain walling bracket will do if the thermal performance of the building facade is not to be compromised, says solar shading and screening solutions provider Levolux. While glass continues to be the predominant... View Article

Specifying external wall insulation

The use of external wall insulation (EWI) is now commonplace for new buildings and for the refurbishment of existing buildings, both residential and non-residential. By providing the insulation layer to the outside face of the primary structure the building designer... View Article

The changing face of stainless steel

Kevin Jones, business manager of Aperam Stainless Steel Service UK Ltd, explains why stainless steel is a cost-effective building envelope material and how new surface finishes and coloured grades are widening its aesthetic appeal. The increasing emphasis of design life... View Article

Passive position

‘Passivhaus’ is a standard for insulating buildings to such high levels that energy bills fall to a fraction of their normal cost. A development in North London is among trailblazers for this technique in the social sector. Mark Smulian reports.... View Article

Friars Walk, Newport

Leslie Jones Architecture is on-site delivering Friars Walk, which will form a major part of the ongoing transformation of Newport City Centre and the surrounding area, representing a £250 million investment into Newport. Brian Tracey, director of the firm, outlines... View Article

Flood protection

Mary Dhonau, chairman of the Property Care Association’s Flood Protection Group, explains the two main types of mitigation measure available for properties at risk of floodwater ingress. Five million people live with the threat of being flooded from rivers and... View Article

The growing trend of folding-sliding doors

Andrew Royle, UK commercial director at P C Henderson looks at the growing trend of folding-sliding doors (FSDs) and what factors to consider when specifying these. When considering exterior doors and extensions, the use of sliding hardware for timber framed... View Article

Woods Hardwick, Knowlhill development, Milton Keynes

Karl Myhill, consultant at Woods Hardwick and the build constructor Parkway Construction MK explain what factors were implemented in the construction of the final two office buildings they designed as part of the Knowlhill development in Milton Keynes. According to... View Article

What do your washrooms say about your building?

There are many parts of a building that really emphasise what an establishment is all about. Experts at Amwell offer their advice on how to specify quality washrooms that say the right thing about your building and the company based... View Article

Making a difference to safety on-site

Managing director of Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE), Jonathan Fellingham discusses the safety implications of working with trussed rafters Timber roof trusses are large, heavy and require work at height. It’s safe to say that if guidelines are not adhered to,... View Article

Digging deep for value

To create more space in a tight plot of land, the once-popular basement could be the solution, as Delta Membrane Systems’ Director Brian Davison explains If there is a single criticism that makes a regular appearance when talking about new... View Article

Flooring for the discerning housebuilder

Peter Kelsey, managing director of one of the UK’s largest flooring contractors Designer Contracts, looks at current flooring trends and why both housebuilders and buyers have never had so much choice As one of the UK’s most sensitive economic indicators,... View Article
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