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Seal the voids, stop the fires

Chris Hall of Siderise highlights the critical importance of fire stops in tall buildings and the considerations that specifiers need to bear in mind. As tall buildings are set to continue to play a significant role in meeting our housing... View Article

Underpinning the evolution of the modern workplace

With the evolution of modern offices arguably having come full circle, Jeremy Broadhead of Heckmondwike considers how flooring has addressed workspace trends. The impact of the physical workspace on employee productivity, morale and motivation has been the subject of much... View Article

Rural charm without the harm

Solid fuel stoves are gaining in popularity in urban areas, but do they contribute to pollution? Phil Lowe of Schiedel Chimney Systems tackles some misconceptions. Despite the wide variety of heating systems available today, nothing quite compares to the distinct... View Article

Behind the secret fix

Panel Systems unravels how recent technological advancements became the catalyst for uninterrupted exteriors, and where this trend is heading. Newness has always attracted the eye, which is why buildings are often designed with a contemporary aesthetic. There is an assumption that contemporary... View Article

Waterproofing for the ages

For decades, mastic asphalt has proved its credentials as an underground waterproofing membrane that can last a lifetime, as the Mastic Asphalt Council explains. The fluctuations of the water table – and the devastating effects high water tables can have... View Article

Stealth social housing – Long Lane, Southwark, London

Teodora Lyubomirova looks at how architects Levitt Bernstein applied care and precision to create a tenure-blind affordable social housing scheme on a space-constrained site in the heart of London. From a leather trade mecca in the 19th century to a... View Article

100% Design: the innovation showcase

UK’s largest design trade show returns to Olympia London on 20-23 September to dazzle with a global line-up of exhibitors and speakers united under the theme of ‘Elements’. Now in its 23rd year, 100% Design is the commercial cornerstone of the London... View Article

The sky’s the limit for zinc

Jonathan Lowy of VMZinc explains how Zinc can now be specified far more easily for a wide range of projects, whether it’s for a transformation of a tower block or creating a vibrant interior. Cast your mind back 15 years and... View Article

Sustained support for aluminium glazing systems

Mark Robinson of Sapa Group puts the case for aluminium as one of the most versatile as well as sustainable materials available to specifiers, explaining why the metal is increasingly featuring on the UK’s cutting-edge architectural projects. ‘Chain of custody’... View Article

The art of facades

Simon Gregory of Proteus Facades looks at how advances in facade materials and finishes are allowing architects to ‘sell the dream’ to clients of integrating art and design in our cityscapes, as demonstrated on a new research unit in London.... View Article

Rolling out the benefits

Darren Tutt of the Lead Sheet Association looks at the dos and don’ts of working with rolled lead sheet that will enable architects to get the best out of it. Rolled lead sheet is a beautiful material to work with,... View Article

Changeable weathering forecast

Ian Sutherland from Benchmark by Kingspan discusses how the use of corten steel can create a facade that will change over time to provide visual interest for years to come. Controlling the interaction between the natural world and the built... View Article

Comment: Metal gutters fit for the future

Carlton Jones of the Metal Gutter Manufacturers Association (MGMA) explains the improvements brought by a new standard for metal guttering in the context of climate change. Extreme weather is now an all-year-round likely occurrence in the UK, ranging from flash... View Article

Bringing light home

Chris Chaney of Sunsquare explains how rooflights can improve daylighting, boost wellbeing and minimise a building’s energy consumption. Spiralling property prices plus a lack of appropriate accommodation to move into have led to many homeowners preferring to carry out significant... View Article

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
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