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Composed of sustainability

Alex Collins from Ecodek says that wood polymer composites present a new world of sustainable, durable construction materials. Wood Polymer Composites (WPCs) were first developed in the US in the early 1990s as an alternative to timber used in applications... View Article

Under the skin

As well as aesthetic and performance requirements, the need for more sustainable envelopes is influencing architects’ choice of materials when it comes to facades, says Simon Wild of Formica Group. Architecture has been described as “a visual art where buildings... View Article

Designing-in the benefits of UFH

Toby Howard-Willis of JG Speedfit looks at some of the key design considerations for modern house design when it comes to underfloor heating. Housebuilders are fast realising the benefits of underfloor heating solu- tions (UFH), prompting architects to give more... View Article

Practice Profile – Märraum Architects

James Parker spoke to an emerging young practice to find out how they got off the ground in Cornwall, including putting a focus on using virtual reality to give clients exactly what they want. Märraum Architects is an exciting new... View Article

Design in Mental Health returns in May

Now in its fifth year, the event awaits its biggest audience to date of architects, contractors and their clients on the 16-17 May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Design in Mental Health focuses on creating therapeutic environments in... View Article

Taking the heat out of a tricky issue

Radiators are commonly installed in hospitals, care homes and other medical services buildings. However, as Stelrad’s Chris Harvey reveals, only certain designs are really suitable for buildings used by elderly and vulnerable people. Low surface temperature (LST) radia- tors have... View Article

Carpet is a sound choice for care environments

Catherine Helliker of Danfloor UK explains why carpets are an excellent flooring material for keeping noise and dust down and providing thermal insulation. Acarefully considered interior design scheme is essential for any care environment, especially where there are residents living... View Article

Healthy intervention

Hospitals and care homes in the UK are under tremendous strain, but architects and specifiers can help improve public health by incorporating high-quality drinking water delivery systems in designs, says Kevin Winchester of BRITA Vivreau. The task of hydrating hospital... View Article

Providing hot water safely: getting the balance right

Specifying hot water systems in healthcare environments needs to navigate the tricky balance of providing enough heat to destroy Legionella bacteria, while mitigating the risk of scalding, says Carol Armstrong of Delabie UK. Until recently, thermostatic mixing valves were installed as a... View Article

Elevating the importance of hoists

Whether mobile, overhead or wall-mounted, hoists can be installed and used in any almost any space. Bob Oliver of Innova Care Concepts explains why hoisting systems should be integrated into healthcare building designs from the outset. Hoisting systems are one... View Article

Island Life – JW Marriott Venice resort and spa

James Parker interviews the architect behind an award-winning hotel masterplanning project on a Venetian island which sensitively re-used a variety of old buildings in an elegant new context. An artificial island in Venice’s lagoon is the location of a new... View Article

Pumping station selection

Pump specialist T-T Pumps look at what specifiers need to know when it comes to sewage pumping stations. Selecting a pumping system can be a complex and time-consuming task which can involve several hundred calculations to ensure optimum efficiency, reliability... View Article

The natural alternative: healthy results

With greater focus placed on healthier environments in addition to performance and sustainability, there has been increasing interest in lesser-known technologies. Mark Lynn describes the compelling benefits of natural insulation. We have long been familiar with the use of natural... View Article

Seeing the light on solar control

Adrian Adams of Saint Gobain Building Glass UK explains how the latest solar control glass can help create bright interiors without the heat or glare. Maximising daylight is now considered fundamental to good design as it enhances the comfort of the... View Article

Vinyl is back in fashion

From music to flooring, vinyl has made a comeback, and it is more versatile than ever. Flooring specialists Gerflor examine the trends . Bold design statements can either pay off stunningly well or, much like the derided 1970s pebble-dash, backfire... View Article

Future Watch – Teodora Lyumbomirova on acoustics

With the housing crisis forcing developers to build homes at higher density, Teodora Lyubomirova examines how architects and clients need to look beyond the limitations of current regulations to achieve good acoustics Since the last substantial change to Approved Document... View Article
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