Why UFH is still a hot topic

The UK’s underfloor heating (UFH) market continues to warm up – Nigel Sanger of JG Speedfit explores what architects and specifiers need to consider when specifying UFH systems UFH is no longer just the prerogative of the wealthy. Its increasing... View Article

Pocketing space efficiencies

Stephanie Lee of P C Henderson takes a look at how increasingly space-constrained builds are driving the trend in pocket doors, and discusses their key benefits and what to look for when specifying such systems As the number of first... View Article

Don’t compromise on commercial glazing

Jeff Pearson of Jack Aluminium Systems discusses the importance of considering energy efficiency, security and safety when specifying glazing systems – and why it’s so important not to compromise Compromise can be a wonderful thing. It’s great for building working... View Article

Uplifting research

Nick Mellor of the Lift & Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) advises on the latest standards on lift safety, and looks at some of the developments driving innovative solutions in the market There have been many changes in the legislative background... View Article

Practice Profile: Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

James Parker spoke to Sarah Wigglesworth about life running a successful practice from a pioneering, sustainable HQ which comprises two conjoined buildings – her office and her own home – and is an embodiment of her ethical approach Sarah Wigglesworth... View Article

Not just hot air

ADF reports on how the roofing industry is joining forces to tackle the fire risks posed by gas torch roofing installation methods, with hot air being one alternative Gas torches are a popular tool among roofing professionals for installing bitumen... View Article

Ask the Architect: FaulknerBrowns Architects

Lee McLaughlin, partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects, answers ADF’s questions on what makes him tick, design approaches, and current and future issues What has been the most satisfying project you worked on? Our Hebburn Central project was particularly pleasing in many... View Article

Performance vs looks: a view

Different buildings have differing needs with respect to aesthetics, performance and function, but few building materials can have as great an impact on all three as glass. Guardian Glass reports on getting the balance right The aesthetics, performance – and... View Article

Shedding light on the case for rooflights

Rooflights are now an essential element to consider in modern designs, says John Godley of Hambleside Danelaw Building Products, explaining the reasons why Rooflights play a vital role in the modern building, but are often overlooked. They are the common... View Article

Sustainable drainage enters the mainstream

Mark Manning of SDS looks at how sustainable drainage is finally being seen as a mainstream option in order to shoulder the impact of climate change The effects of climate change were recently spelled out in no uncertain terms in... View Article

Sound advice for office acoustics

Mike Carrick of Siderise Group discusses how designers and specifiers can create quieter workspaces, improving privacy and delivering exceptional floor-to-floor, room-to-room sound reductions A well-designed office is an important investment that will attract talent and ensure workers are engaged and... View Article

Evolving modular design

Architect James Walsh gives his views on the merits of a component-based approach concept for modular buildings, which could shift them away from their former stigma As the move to modular construction gathers pace, what are the key design drivers... View Article

A sustainable future for water

Glenn Payne from Grohe discusses sustainable solutions for bathrooms as well as the innovations making their way into UK homes Water – our most natural resource, spans 70 per cent of the planet’s surface. Thanks to nature’s wonderful recycling system,... View Article

Fusing design with technology

As more everyday devices become connected to the internet, so the desire for integrating technology into the home increases. Here, Matt Nimmons of CEDIA EMEA explains how architects can tap into this ongoing trend The integration of smart home technology... View Article

Natural slate, natural beauty

Allan Liddell of Cupa Pizarras explores the inherent beauty, as well as the environmental credentials, of natural slate Slate is formed through the regional metamorphosis of mudstone or shale under low-grade conditions. This happens when shale or mudstone is exposed to... View Article

Designing out condensation

Iain Fairnington of A. Proctor Group highlights some of the factors affecting pitched roof design, and how architects can design out condensation problems from the start BS5250 is the code of practice for condensation control, and includes the following reference... View Article

Decoding fire regs

Rob Gunningham of SE Controls discusses regulations, compliance and best practice for fire safety Fire safety is more than ever a prominent issue within the construction industry, as a result of the high-profile failures associated with Grenfell Tower. While certain... View Article

Compare and contrast: steel vs aluminium

Calvin Wilson of Metal Technology looks at the relative pros and cons of steel and aluminium from a structural perspective Architects need no introduction to the benefits of metal as a structural material with design flexibility, robust performance and aesthetic... View Article

Galvanizing sustainability in construction

Andy Harrison of Wedge Group Galvanizing explores the key benefits galvanizing brings to sustainable construction, and highlights the growing number of techniques adopted by the galvanizing industry to further reduce the sector’s environmental impact Galvanizing has long been recognised as... View Article