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Eliminating the margin for error

Cath McLean from Promat UK explains the benefits of a whole-system approach for effective fire-resistant glazing Uncertainty and confusion still prevail in the market around the design and installation of passive fire protection measures, particularly fire- resistant glass and the... View Article

Finding the perfect match

Jason Hughes, managing director at Imperial Bricks, looks at the growing popularity of handmade, colour matched bricks for new build, period buildings and interiors One of the oldest building materials, the humble brick, is experiencing a fresh resurgence within architecture.... View Article

Facing the future

There are many benefits to building with Architectural Facing Masonry (AFM) blocks. as Steve Frost of Lignacite explains Designed for internal and external applications, Architectural Facing Masonry blocks combine an inherent decorative appeal with strength and durability. Used for many... View Article

Going below decks

Stefan Holmes of Millboard explains why plastic is fantastic when it comes to creating effective sub-frames for decking   The selection of materials for creating a deck is not just a choice between timber and composite surface materials: there is... View Article

Enhance a facade with cast stone cladding

Simon Scott of Haddonstone looks at the different options available when it comes to cast stone and its varied applications There have been more imitations of stone than any other natural building material. This persistent emulation has been for reasons... View Article

Brick slip cladding for modern construction

Richard Haines of Eurobrick outlines the benefits of specifying brick slip systems for today’s buildings A brick finish remains as popular as ever in British architecture, but as increasing numbers of projects are delivered using modern methods of construction, what... View Article

New angles on warehouse living – Krøyers Plads, Copenhagen

Located on the doorstep of Copenhagen’s Nyhavn tourist trap are a trio of desirable new harbourside apartment blocks which echo the area’s traditional brick architecture, but with a modern twist. Sébastien Reed reports. Probably the most immediately striking aspect of... View Article

Better ventilated homes mean a healthier future

Paul Croughan of EnviroVent looks at how the new build sector is meeting ventilation requirements and improving the air quality in new home construction Requirements for increased levels of air tightness and energy efficiency mean that around 25 per cent... View Article

Open for business

Bloomberg’s new European headquarters is a big step away from recent landmark City buildings, with a highly bespoke, super-sustainable design whose disciplined exterior conceals a contrastingly open, dynamic interior. James Parker reports In 2010, Michael Bloomberg, three-time New York Mayor... View Article

The obstacles to getting fire safety right, post-Grenfell

James Butler of Pura Facades expresses his concern that despite the best intentions of the final Hackitt report following the Grenfell disaster, the fragmented nature of the industry could mean there are implementation challenges ahead The long-awaited final report from... View Article

Practice Profile: Niven Architects

A small practice with big ideas, Niven Architects is harnessing cutting-edge working approaches such as agile and lean alongside BIM, making it a force to be reckoned with in the north east. Sébastien Reed reports Niven Architects is a collective... View Article

Hit the deck

Tom Rollo of Polyflor examines the growing number of safety flooring options available to architects. Many years ago, an architect interested in safety flooring was faced with a simple choice, it was available in any colour as long as it... View Article

Time for change

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) comes into effect in England and Wales on 1 April. Adrian Pargeter of Kingspan Insulation looks at the effect this will have. The new legislation aims to address the worst performing private rental properties by... View Article

Prior engagement

With most construction projects following the traditional sequence of design, specification and procurement, Andrew Cooper of Senior Architectural Systems looks at how getting suppliers on board early can lead to plainer sailing for everyone. As highlighted in the influential Farmer... View Article

Realms of possibility

Ann Boardman of Saniflo UK talks about overcoming drainage challenges and gives some examples of how ambitious projects can go ahead without relying on direct access to mains drainage. Architects and specifiers are confronted by domestic and commercial projects that... View Article

A solid future for rainscreen

Andy Noble of CD (UK), the distributor of Corian in the UK and Ireland, investigates a relatively new solution for ventilated facades which offers fascinating possibilities. Meeting a set of challenging demands for the building envelope, from aesthetics to thermal... View Article

Tackling local issues for airtightness compliance

As Building Regulations have imposed ever-tougher energy performance criteria on the building envelope, the significance of localised areas of reduced insulation or thermal bridging leading to air leakage has become even more crucial. A. Proctor Group reports. The energy consumed... View Article
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