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Realistic rainwater storage

Ian Crickmore of Polypipe Terrain explains how adopting rainwater harvesting systems can provide sustainable drainage solutions in space-constrained urban areas. Obsessing over rain is something of a national pastime, but capturing rainwater could help meet sites’ increased drainage demands, particularly... View Article

Get smart, get control

Edward Lees of Feilo Sylvania shines the light on how sophisticated smart lighting control systems can offer efficiency benefits as well as design flexibility. The industry is now well versed in the benefits of LED technology and the energy savings... View Article

Fostering collaboration

Unifying technical data may be BIM’s most celebrated feature for some, but for Tim Checketts of Assa Abloy its major benefit is interdisciplinary collaboration. Digital technology has become instrumental to maximising productivity in the construction industry, but often the focus is... View Article

Practice Profile – Wilson Associates

James Parker reports on an established and growing international practice which is renowned for its luxury interior architectural design. Wilson Associates, founded in 1971, now has a truly global reach with eight offices across six continents, its success built on... View Article

Family fortunes

With multi-generational living on the increase in the UK, how can developers design bathrooms that meet the needs of all? Daniel Ward of  Twyford, looks at some of the options. The way we live is changing: the effects of rising... View Article

When the smoke has cleared

Teodora Lyubomirova looks at the likely impact of the Grenfell Tower investigation on the building industry, and what it means for the future of refurbishment. If the Ronan Point explosion dealt the blow that transformed building codes in the early... View Article

Developing strategies for better internal environments

David Mowatt of Lareine Engineering, discusses the dual roles of daylighting & ventilation in creating healthy and safe internal environments. Every building, whatever its purpose, must provide a controlled internal environment that is protected from the variable and uncontrollable external... View Article

Slate in demand

According to industry reports, demand for roof tiles is considerably higher than supply. This causes projects to be delayed, which also impacts overall costs. In this article, Nigel Tozer of Cupa Pizarras explains how careful specification can avoid these issues.... View Article

Growing acceptance of timber

Timber is seeing a strong resurgence across many construction sectors due to sustainability drivers, but obstacles remain. ADF canvasses industry views. Each year the UK produces 11 million tonnes of steel, 12 million tonnes of concrete and 11 million tonnes... View Article

Rock-solid insulation credentials

With clients demanding versatility as well as robust credentials from insulation, Paul Barrett of Rockwool puts stone wool under the microscope. The ingredient of stone wool insulation is a hard, dark volcanic rock – basalt – that is formed when... View Article

Timber covers all the bases

Stephen Toone of canopy manufacturer Fordingbridge describes how timber’s versatility of application and lasting appeal is increasingly seeing it specified. There is no doubt that timber’s strong sustainability credentials are the material’s key advantage when compared to mainstream building materials... View Article

Breaking the thermal mould

Heat lost through conventionally-wrapped parapets is a common complaint among architects, so an efficient space-saving alternative is welcome, says Schöck’s Chris Willett. In a similar way to the thermal insulation issues manifested with balconies, in the case of parapet connections... View Article

Protecting Welsh national heritage at St Fagans

Stuart Hicks from liquid waterproofing membranes specialist, Kemper System, discusses the roofing project at the ‘Gweithdy’, the latest addition to St Fagans National History Museum, Wales’s most popular heritage attraction.  Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, is made up of... View Article

SuDS: for better neighbourhoods

Embedding SuDS in urban design can bring substantial benefits if adopted from the outset, explains Interpave’s Chris Hodson. Taking a holistic approach, designers can now embrace sustainable urban drainage solutions as one of the central design considerations from the very... View Article

Good for wood

Bathroom experts Saniflo explain why shower cubicles are an ideal bathroom solution for timber frame buildings. The advancements in timber manufacturing and recent developments such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) have encouraged developers to adopt structural timber frame for a growing number... View Article

Cutting through the hype: key trends for bathroom design

From slim ceramics to the growing market of shower toilets, Emma Mottram of Laufen explores the latest innovations in bathroom design. In recent years, the bathroom has become much more than a functional space. The latest trends and technological innovations... View Article
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