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Overcoming the challenges of sourcing reclaimed bricks

With growing demand for brick matching on period properties and strict guidelines for building within conservation areas, Jason Hughes of Imperial Bricks explores the issues presented by reclaimed bricks and which alternatives are available. The problems associated with reclaimed bricks... View Article

Adapta comments on air quality

The issue of air quality in premises which are intended for use as offices and general services, that is to say premises where no kind of industrial activity takes place, is an increasingly common one in the sphere of working... View Article

BRE Trust reports on latest built environment research

BRE Trust has published its annual review of some of the latest built environment research. Available online, the report outlines research projects and activities across areas ranging from infrastructure sustainability and resilience to occupant wellbeing and energy. Projects The BRE... View Article

Practice profile – Chapman Taylor

Norman Hayden calls on architect Chapman Taylor which has been on an international journey, starting at Scotland Yard. The Metropolitan Police headquarters at New Scotland Yard, central London is one of the most recognisable buildings in the country. With its... View Article

Site lines – Martin Townsend, BRE Global

Martin Townsend, director of sustainability at BRE Global, looks at the importance of building standards which reflect local needs across the globe, in order to share best practice and drive change. There is a rapidly growing appetite for rating methodologies... View Article

Calming the commute – Nille Juul-Sorenson from Arup

Nille Juul-Sorenson from Arup looks at how intelligent railway station design can help to make commuters’ lives easier. A  recent European survey conducted by Ford has revealed that the most stressful part of a working day is likely to occur first... View Article

Thermal Bridging – Help for Designers and SAP Assessors

There are significant advantages to architects and developers if they use thermal bridging details from product manufacturers. If these details are also accompanied with psi-values (the measure of energy loss through a thermal bridge), then SAP assessors should be required... View Article

Refurbishment roofs

Over time, older roofs can become compromised, whether it’s a degradation of the roofing system and materials or damage by an external force such as high winds or falling objects. This can lead to leaks which may cause further problems... View Article

Building automation – creating smarter homes for smart consumers

Asad Zaidi, Channel Marketing Engineer, Schneider Electric, explores building automation and creating smarter homes for smart consumers. An automated home brings together many control aspects including security, lighting, temperature, audio and video entertainment systems, blinds and curtains, sprinklers etc. You can enter... View Article

Giving architects the tools to keep sustainability on track

Alan Yates, technical director, sustainability at BRE Global looks at how the BREEAM assessment method can assist architects in optimising building design, while keeping their clients happy too. The commercial property sector is a fiercely competitive and fast-changing environment where clients... View Article

From home to office, fast

Architect Alireza Ravanshad is the creator of Dandi Space, a whole new architectural approach to combining work and living space through smarter design. Here, he makes the case for challenging the traditional spatial divide between working life and home life.... View Article

Site lines – BRE’s James Fisher

The BRE’s James Fisher describes how commercial clients are seeing the need to analyse and improve the environmental impact of their buildings in use, to increase asset value. For many businesses, operating their buildings presents a major cost overhead, often... View Article

Modulo & Scaleo: FunderMax is innovating the housing market

As more and more pressure is being placed on homebuilders to create affordable, flexible and sustainable housing for an ever increasing population, it would seem that rainscreen cladding is becoming ‘the’ choice for UK developers. Especially with the introduction of... View Article
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