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Offsite solutions: driving bathroom installation efficiency

Richard Tonkinson of Offsite Solutions offers some practical advice for specifying factory-built bathrooms. Bathroom pods have driven innovation in traditional construction methods and are now widely used for student accommodation, hospitals, hotels and housing – from luxury apartments to social housing.... View Article

Planting the seeds of a successful green roof specification

Stuart Hicks from liquid roofing membrane specialist Kemper System discusses what you need to consider when specifying green roof systems. The drive towards more sustainable buildings has led to an evolution of green roofs from specialist ‘eco- feature’, to much... View Article

Balancing views, solar control & daylighting

John Godwin of Vena looks at the need to achieve a tricky balance when considering architectural glazing. When it comes to specifying the glazing for a project, all too often the need to achieve good views out can override the... View Article

Prevention is still better than cure

Last winter was dry compared with previous winters, but that’s no reason to be complacent about flooding; Safeguard Europe’s Hudson Lambert says that when designing new homes it’s essential to prioritise prevention. It could be thought that, flood-wise, the winter... View Article

Blog: Designing the agile workplace

Allan Wood of Optima explains the benefits of the agile workplace. A happy and comfortable employee will be at their most productive when their working environment has been designed to be inclusive and collaborative. Gone are the days when the... View Article

Blog: How glazing can help drive retail sales

From the independent used motor dealerships to the flagship luxury showrooms of the high-end car brands, the stock on the forecourt may differ dramatically but one overarching design feature of this market is the extensive use of glazing. James Keeling-Heane... View Article

Blog: Lifting the lid on mechanical smoke shaft design

Although it’s been fifteen years since research was first published on the performance and design of smoke shafts, a lot of mystery still surrounds how mechanically ventilated systems should be devised. Ross Barritt-Mehta, Business Development Manager for Fire Safety at... View Article

Blog: Smart Buildings: the evolution of the smart workplace

Smart buildings have changed the way businesses view their real-estate. These intelligent structures connected to the wider world by the Internet of Things (IoT) use technology systems to enhance the experience of occupants and reduce the costs of building operations.... View Article

Blog: Colour in the workplace

Colour specification has the potential to positively contribute to the building environment, especially within the workplace. Lisa Pilley, Commercial Colour Consultant at Dulux Trade reviews the support and tools that are now available to best utilise colour in order to... View Article

Blog: Specifying interior glass

Interior glass is a strong and practical solution that can meet both aesthetic and budgetary needs. Here, Joanna Lush of  Gx Glass, explores areas to think about when specifying interior glass to ensure the product adds value to a project... View Article

Blog: The future is green

The design and installation of green roofs requires an understanding of numerous aspects within a project. Here, Richard Clews of  Prater looks into the factors contributing to the expansion of the market and the key areas that need to be... View Article

Protect and survive, in style

Increasingly prevalent perimeter security systems need careful integration into the urban realm to ensure they’re not overly obtrusive, says Jonathan Goss of Townscape Products. The spate of terrorist vehicle attacks across Europe in recent years has highlighted the vital importance... View Article

Seamless autopilot living

With smart home technologies offering seamless control and improved efficiencies, architects need to look at integrating them into buildings, argues Loxone’s Omid Nikroo. With every passing year, the number – and complexity of – systems available which are designed to... View Article

Eradicating defects

In an age of construction management and rising compensation claims, it’s advisable to engage solid expertise across the supply chain, says Redland’s David Patrick. A2015 survey by the House Builders Federation and the National House Building Council (NHBC) revealed 93... View Article

Refurb or renew?

When flat roofs fail, the task of stripping, disposing of and replacing it is a costly and time-consuming process. This is particularly true for hospitals. Here, Rod Friel of Wolfin discusses a solution that can save on time, money and... View Article

Seal the voids, stop the fires

Chris Hall of Siderise highlights the critical importance of fire stops in tall buildings and the considerations that specifiers need to bear in mind. As tall buildings are set to continue to play a significant role in meeting our housing... View Article

Underpinning the evolution of the modern workplace

With the evolution of modern offices arguably having come full circle, Jeremy Broadhead of Heckmondwike considers how flooring has addressed workspace trends. The impact of the physical workspace on employee productivity, morale and motivation has been the subject of much... View Article

Rural charm without the harm

Solid fuel stoves are gaining in popularity in urban areas, but do they contribute to pollution? Phil Lowe of Schiedel Chimney Systems tackles some misconceptions. Despite the wide variety of heating systems available today, nothing quite compares to the distinct... View Article

Behind the secret fix

Panel Systems unravels how recent technological advancements became the catalyst for uninterrupted exteriors, and where this trend is heading. Newness has always attracted the eye, which is why buildings are often designed with a contemporary aesthetic. There is an assumption that contemporary... View Article
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