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James boosts specification team expertise

GEZE UK has further strengthened its specification team with the appointment of James White who takes up the role of specification manager, covering the south of England including south London, as part of the GEZE UK specification team expansion. He... View Article

Icopal specified for Heathrow T3 Pier 7 roof refurb

When the roof to Pier 7 at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 required refurbishment, one of the essential design criteria was the robustness of the waterproofing layers, the consideration for foot traffic and the proximity of significant roof HVAC plant. Following similar... View Article

Designo Passive House certified loft ladder

The innovative and beautiful Designo is now certified by the passive house institute. The high specification Designo wooden loft ladder offers excellent thermal insulation and a class 4 certified airtight seal. It is therefore no surprise that it has been... View Article

New facade construction system for ALUCOBOND® panels

ALUCOBOND® Prefab invisible is a new façade construction system for ALUCOBOND® panels without visible fixings, these fixings can spoil the aesthetic of the façade. Specially developed carrier sections are structurally bonded with the bonding system ALUCOBOND® by tesa® to the... View Article

Stretch Metal Ceiling Innovation

The Microsoft Innovation Centre in Mons Belgium is a further example of how Hunter Douglas Architectural Projects work with Architects and designers to help realise their vision. The three dimensional installation was based on a large abstract drawing that composed... View Article

Basement waterproofing: why belt and braces is often best

Should basement waterproofing design use a barrier method or a cavity drainage system or both? A series of continuing professional development (CPD) seminars from Safeguard Europe – the UK’s leading specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – helps answer that... View Article

Copper celebrates the Bronze Age

Set in the deserts of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, a new multi-award winning visitor centre features Nordic Standard copper from Aurubis as part of a restrained palette of enduring materials. The Mleiha Archaeological Centre is at the heart of an... View Article

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

One step closer to the sweet sound of silence

Schlüter-Systems is delighted to report the pleasing results of impact sound reduction tests on its latest innovative uncoupling membrane for crack-free tile and stone. Schlüter® -DITRA- HEAT-TB has been renamed as Schlüter®-DITRA-HEAT-DUO, in recognition of the fact that the matting... View Article

Relcross door closers keep brewery warm

When Hillside Brewery in Gloucestershire realised that the doors to their upstairs patio weren’t closing properly, with consequent loss of heat and escape of noise into the local area, something had to be done. The doors are exposed to the... 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
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