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Shattering conventions

Neil Puttock of Boavista Windows, explains why fibreglass window frames have stirred a revolution in the glazing industry. An American engineer and professor by the name of William Edwards Deming once said, “Innovation comes from the producer – not the... View Article

A good case for the blues

Phillip Wilcox-Moore of Axter offers advice on how ‘blue roofs’ can elevate a scheme’s sustainability credentials by retaining rain water. Our climate is rapidly changing. Climatologists are predicting wetter winters, significantly increased rainfall over short periods and a certainty of... View Article

A masterclass in hygiene

With a lack of cleanliness understanding among children, Chris Tranter of Bristan explains the importance of non-touch technology in school washrooms. The education environment is one of the most sensitive sectors when it comes to cleanliness – there is a... View Article

Shedding light on efficiency

Maria Holton of Luceco looks at why energy efficient lighting should be considered as part of the overall design process in educational establishments to meet the needs of flexible learning spaces. The importance of lighting in education environments should be... View Article

Providing a solid base for learning

Safe, stylish, durable flooring can have a major effect on an interior’s aesthetics and atmosphere. Simon Clark of Sika Flooring considers the benefits of resin flooring in education establishments. Higher education has become a fiercely competitive market as universities strive... View Article

Glazing that makes the grade

Andrew Cooper of Senior Architectural Systems sheds new light on the process of window specification for the student accommodation sector and explains why aluminium systems can work so well. The days of dark, damp and depress- ing student ‘digs’ have... View Article

Let the sun shine

Renson Fabrications discusses the options for outdoor sun protection systems that allow the light in while maintaining a comfortable indoor climate. The trend is clear. We want to allow as much natural light in as possible. That is why we... View Article

Quiet please!

Rob Crampton of Hush Acoustics looks at the crucial importance of getting acoustics right in educational buildings. While modern educational buildings have benefited from various architectural and technological enhancements, good acoustics remain a key factor in enhancing the learning environment.... View Article

A tax guide for architects

Sumit Agarwal, a specialist accountant and tax adviser for freelancers, contractors and small businesses, shares some pointers about tax for architects and interior designers. In the past, architects used to work as unincorporated partnerships, but in 2000, the Limited Liability... View Article

Designing a home for life

Inclusive design can help adapt homes to cater for the needs of an ageing population, writes Barry Eagle of anti-slip flooring solutions supplier GripClad. According to a YouGov poll, more than four in 10 Londoners aged over 55 believe they... View Article

Better safe than sorry

Door closers may not define an interior design, but their clear impact on safety and aesthetics should convince architects to think twice before specifying them. Samuel Heath comments. Despite being essential safety features, door closers are rarely of the highest priority... View Article

Turning a greener shade

James Parker spoke to Peter Howard of Dulux Trade to find out how the firm is attempting to get a clear message to specifiers to drive use of sustainable paint alternatives, and whether the industry is on board. The true... View Article

Renewing the bond

From the spiky Stirling Prize-winning Newport Gallery to sensitive restorations and new build schemes, architects continue to reinvent brick in their designs. Jason Hughes examines the trends. Brick may be one of the oldest construction materials, but its popularity hasn’t... View Article

Delivering the fully accessible dream

Alastair Stannah, managing director of Stannah Lifts, looks at the development of accessible lifts over recent decades and the options now available to specifiers. As a lift supplier with a 150 year history, accessibility has always been .our business. However... View Article

Offsite for sore eyes

Often seen as the panacea for the housing crisis, is offsite construction methodology able to live up to its potential in terms of design quality as well as volume? Teo Lyubomirova spoke to four architects to hear their views. Imagine... View Article

Future-proof buildings now

Jim Lowther assesses how we can future-proof a new generation of buildings through the specification of the latest rooflights and fire protection products. Specifying products for domestic and commercial building projects can be a daunting process, one which has to... View Article

The energy revolution underway in glass extensions

Christian Wiegel at Solurlux discusses glass as a construction material in the context of a research project on the development of ‘energy self-sufficient’ glass extensions. Constructions made of glass have their own special charm. As a trained architect and engineer,... View Article

Don’t break the chain

Phil Savage of Pilkington United Kingdom explores the use of structural glazing in modern building design and explains why the ‘value chain’ is integral to successfully fulfilling an architect’s vision. Structural glazing is a common feature of architectural projects across... View Article

Materials 2017 promises a convincing debut

Materials 2017 will debut this month in London, as an event with a comprehensive approach to materials for architecture, construction and design. Materials 2017 arrives in London on 25 and 26 April, transforming the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court into... View Article
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