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Designing for better flood control

Climate change is posing a constant challenge to designers to create efficient flood management systems. Stuart Pearce of GeoSmart Information reviews current practice and says the industry needs to take a broader view. Traditional flood risk management approaches have been... View Article

Winners in wood design: 45th Annual Wood Awards

The winners of the 45th annual Wood Awards will be revealed in November. Ahead of the ceremony, Sarah Johnson exclusively previews the shortlisted projects in the Buildings Competition section. The Wood Awards have been celebrating excellence in British wood-based architecture... View Article

Oriented towards design

Stuart Devoil of Smartply explains how the humble sheet of OSB has become a design solution as engineered timber panels are being used across the building sector, from the construction of energy efficient and low carbon homes to site hoardings... View Article

Calling for a shift in focus

Frank Werling of Finnish wood specialists Metsä Wood says the green agenda in construction must shift towards sustainable production of building materials – and timber leads the way as an alternative to steel and concrete. A brief history of timber... View Article

Why a wood first policy stacks up

Greg Cooper of B & K Structures discusses the positive impact which cross laminated timber has made within the built environment. As construction makes up a total of 45 per cent of carbon emissions in the UK, sustainability is an important... View Article

Building-in cost benefits

As construction heads towards decarbonisation, choice of building materials is increasingly crucial. Andrew Carpenter of the Structural Timber Association (STA) outlines why timber provides built-in cost benefits. Cost is one of the main considerations for architects and specifiers when choosing a... View Article

Changing the urban landscape for the mobile generation

People have become glued to their mobile devices, but is the urban landscape well-suited to swathes of distracted walkers? Jonathan Goss of Townscape Products explores how the streetscape is being adapted to make it safer. Picture the scene: an endless... View Article

Understanding underlays is the key to performance

Innovation in roofing underlays has helped tackle issues in cold-pitched roofs, but specifiers should know what they see on the outside is not always what they get in terms of performance. ADF reports. The quest to achieve a truly ventilation-free cold... View Article

The power of vaults

Jeremy Cassady of Securikey looks at how modular vault systems can provide an effective, easy-to-install bespoke system for high security applications. When clients are storing expensive equipment and valuables, sensitive documents and drugs or chemicals, the risks are extremely high, both in... View Article

One place for carbon footprinting data

In an effort to help the construction industry obtain more accurate, representative and realistic carbon footprinting data, the Architectural & Structural Precast Association (ASPA) has published temporary carbon footprinting factsheets, which will then be replaced by Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in... View Article

Science fiction and climate facts – the Met Office

A new sci-fi-inspired Met Office base in Devon is set to become an architectural landmark as well as a top destination for environmental scientists exploring how our climate works. Stephen Cousins reports from the scene. Devon’s reputation for cider and... View Article

Steeling the limelight – Four St Pancras Square

Part of the swathes of land being revived by the the King’s Cross regeneration, Four Pancras Square is a steel giant which conjures up memories of London’s industrial heartland. Steve Menary reports. Replicating rusty metal might not seem an obvious... View Article

Travelling light – Travel Centre, Lahti, Finland

Bus and rail shelters are rarely seen as works of art but the copper-clad shelter for a new road-rail intersection in Lahti, Finland, is something of a metal masterpiece. Michael Willoughby reports from the Land of the Midnight Sun. What... View Article

Why the UK should think zinc

Zinc has been widely used in Europe for centuries but remains largely overlooked in the UK. Alex Murphy of VM Zinc looks at its key benefits and describes how to make zinc installations a success. Robust, easy to maintain and... View Article

Powder coating, by design

Richard Besant from Powdertech (Corby) provides tips on how to achieve the best possible coating appearance and integrity in the metal finishing process during design and manufacture. As with so many things, beginning with the end in mind can pay... View Article

Shaping our city skylines

Steve Thompson of EOS Facades shares his views on the latest developments in light steel framing for a variety of different living environments. The speed of construction coupled with enhanced quality and high levels of sustainability make light steel frames an... View Article

Facades for the future

Stephen Anderson of CMS Window Systems discusses what he sees as the bright future for unitised aluminium systems in sustainable facade design and build. The speed at which the building sector has adopted modern methods of construction (MMC) has been... View Article
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