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SIG Design and Technology - Zinc Shingles, Copper Shingles, Stainless Steel...
Shingles - small individually attached pieces of metal sheet are becoming increasingly popular as roofing and cladding material. We look at what architects need to know about zinc and copper shingles for roofing and cladding projects. Choosing your Zinc, Copper or Stainless Steel Shingles - Shingles are available in zinc, copper and stainless steel, and in all finishes, including Nedzink, elZinc, Aperam and KME TECU. This means you...Read More
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Pilkington Planar™ Helps Enhance Iconic Tees Transporter Bridge
Visitors to Teesside’s historic Transporter Bridge will get a new and better view than ever before thanks to a newly installed glass lift and viewing decks on the gondola, constructed using Pilkington Planar™ structural glazing as part of the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund Tees Transporter Visitor Experience Project. The unique bridge, the longest transporter bridge in the world, carries a suspended gondola across the river from...Read More
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Breathing Buildings - What now for the Progress of Zero Carbon Buildings in the...
Earlier this month the UK government scrapped targets for all new UK homes to be zero carbon by 2016. This has been a huge blow to the construction industry which has been working toward this target since it was announced back in 2006. It is also a subject that I have watched with interest since studying the feasibility of zero carbon office buildings during my Masters degree. The end of this policy also comes hand in hand with scrapping the...Read More
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Polyflor Flooring Helps Create Stylish Café at Belong Warrington Care Village
High design and high performance Expona Design luxury vinyl tiles from commercial and residential vinyl flooring manufacturer Polyflor were used to create a modern bistro at the Belong Warrington care village in Cheshire recently. The £9.5 million state-of-the-art Belong Warrington care village, designed by Pozzoni Architecture Ltd, is a community facility, including village centre amenities, households for residents who require 24 hour...Read More
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CEDIA - Combining Interior Design & Smart Home Technology
The demand for smart home technology is on the increase. Gone are the days where technology was a luxury that only the super-rich could afford. For many, it is a necessity and this change has resulted in clients expecting architects and interior designers to incorporate technology into the plans for their property. For this reason, it is more important now than ever for design professionals to understand smart home technology - the benefits...Read More
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Hanson Building Products Announces Name Change to Forterra
Leading building materials manufacturer rebrands with a new name and a fresh, forward-thinking look and feel. Hanson Building Products has changed its company name to Forterra, following a recent divestment by former owners HeidelbergCement. The rebranding brings with it a new logo and a fresh identity to the established business, which has a trading history spanning back several decades, while its wide selection of...Read More
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Taylor Maxwell - Zenith House London
Zenith House - a £47 million regeneration in Colindale, North West London - comprises mansion blocks, mews houses and a six-pronged 18-storey tower designed to look like a sheaf of arrows. It also has commercial space, and parking for more than 500 cars and bikes. Not your average design, but one that breathes new life into the corner of Colindeep Lane and Edgware Road. It looks amazing now - yet at one stage the project was in danger...Read More
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Levolux Delivers a ‘Super’ Seven
Levolux has delivered one of its largest and most challenging Solar Shading solutions for Chiswick Park’s Building 7 in West London. The impressive 12-storey building, which provides 334,000 sq. feet of Grade ‘A’ office accommodation, represents the final piece of the Chiswick Park masterplan, which was conceived back in 1999. 45 of the world’s best known brands, such as Discovery, PepsiCo, Aker Solutions and Starbucks have adopted...Read More
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The VEKA UK Group Builds New Literature Suite for New Build Sector
As an industry-leading systems company, The VEKA UK Group regularly updates its literature to reflect the latest industry legislation, newest products and up-to-date services. The company has now unveiled an updated suite of literature, advertising, direct mail and more for the new build sector. This includes a new and improved 20-page brochure tailored toward specifiers, architects and fabricators. This latest 'new build' brochure highlights...Read More
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SSQ Natural Slate - Howzat for a Slate Roof!
Working with Balgores Roofing to bring the mixed-use project at Kent County Cricket Club (KCCC) to life, SSQ has supplied in excess of 8,000 m² of its Del Carmen, First grade, slates for installation on the roofs of new homes surrounding the club. The residential part of the mixed-use scheme, which comprises 48 detached three, four and five bedroom houses, required materials to be used that would help complement the...Read More
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Carlo Gavazzi - When Applied in the Right Way Metering can be a Highly...
The necessity for greater energy efficiency in our buildings continues to gather momentum whilst a combination of regulations and rising prices has prioritised the issue of energy usage on the business agenda. As we know, the operational lifetime costs of buildings probably accounts for around 80 per cent of expenditure. And of that 80 per cent, building services make up by far the largest proportion. Therefore the ability to understand...Read More
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Daikin UK - Half of UK AC Contractors Believe the R22 Ban is Affecting their...
A recent survey of air conditioning contractors and installers has found that the R22 ban is impacting businesses eight months after it was enforced. Contractors believe that the reluctance of customers to update their AC system to a more energy efficient, lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerant is impacting on new business opportunities. Following the ban on replacing R22 refrigerant in existing air conditioning systems in January...Read More
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Schneider Electric Joins with HKUST-MIT Research Alliance Consortium to Further...
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced a multi-year collaboration with the HKUST-MIT Research Alliance Consortium as a key supporter of the consortium’s research for IoT technologies for intelligent buildings and transportation. The goal of this global research, with HKUST in Hong Kong and MIT in Cambridge, is to resolve challenging problems in engineering domains such as circuits...Read More
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COMPCO Fire Systems - Our Apprenticeship Scheme
Here at Compco we have employed a number of apprentices through ‘3aaa UK’ Apprenticeships, who work in a range of departments throughout our company. 3aaa UK specialise in the delivery of apprenticeships in IT, accounting and social media providing young adults with the opportunity to learn new skills and technical training in a leading business environment. Within the last year we have recruited 16 apprentices with...Read More
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