external render

Quality assured as Knauf Aquapanel Exterior Render System gains BBA certificate

Knauf, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lightweight building products and systems, has achieved third party certification from the British Board of Agrément (BBA) for the Knauf Aquapanel Exterior Render System. In achieving this certification, specifiers, architects and installers can be assured that the Knauf render system adheres to the highest quality standards in[…]

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Getting more from your space with Knauf AQUAPANEL®

Technology has drastically changed the face of the UK construction sector, bringing new materials and systems which have helped designers and architects to make the most out of the space available. Knauf boarded cladding system using AQUAPANEL® Exterior is one such option, providing design flexibility and performance benefits as an alternative to traditional brick and[…]

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University of Warwick

Kemper System Delivers A Lesson In Flexibility At The University Of Warwick

Many of the buildings on the University of Warwick’s Gibbet Hill Campus were purpose-built when the University was first established more than 50 years ago. Amongst these is the Life Sciences Building which, though structurally sound, was in urgent need of façade repairs. Explains Richard Weston, head of special projects at the University of Warwick’s[…]

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Combination Edge Insulator

Insulated floor/wall junctions and potential weakness?

The provision of insulating mediums under or on top of floor slabs and to all slab edges reduces heat loss and improves the acoustic behaviour of the structure. But the question arises of whether edge insulation presence contributes towards conventional oversite membrane termination providing a weakened arrangement via which air or contaminated land gas might[…]

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timber clading

Sustainable Building Designs Take Over

Danny Phelan, National Sales Manager at Panel Systems, looks at how building designers and architects are using innovative cladding materials, such as timber, to create modern and environmentally sustainable building designs.  “There have been great leaps forward made in green building techniques over the past decade and, as a result, we have seen building product[…]

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eco-friendly wood protection

Organowood® makes timber cladding sustainable

Organowood®, a leading sustainable wood protection specialist, is fast becoming known as having the ideal solution to protect and strengthen all types of timber cladding. With strong sustainable and aesthetic qualities, OrganoWood provides architects, professionals and end users with an environmentally friendly and durable wood protection system that ensures longevity, without using harsh chemicals. OrganoWood[…]

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Accoya Celebrates a Decade of Durability

World-leading Modified Wood Stands the Test of Time The world’s first home to be clad in Accoya last year celebrated its 10th anniversary, coinciding with the publication of an influential trade report proving the wood’s resilience following 10 years’ uninterrupted exposure to natural weathering. Accoya’s ‘decade of durability’ was initially marked with a successful review[…]

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sustainable wall system

Mecanoo Architects use Trimo’s bespoke panel solution for HOME, Manchester City Centre

HOME, a £25m, multi-disciplinary art centre, was designed by Mecanoo Architects, based in the Netherlands. HOME is part of the development of the creative quarter in Manchester, and is the largest arts centre in the UK outside the capital city of London. It boasts a 500-seat theatre, five cinema screens, a gallery and studio space[…]

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timber cladding

High performance, long life timber cladding

Accoya®, the modified, highly durable and dimensionally stable certified timber cladding – is available from all eight of James Latham’s timber depots. Created from sustainably sourced wood and completely non-toxic, Accoya is a revolution in wood technology. And with TRADA approval for the 15mm profile when used as an external cladding product, it’s the perfect[…]

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Knauf Aquapanel

Early specification provides time savings with Knauf AQUAPANEL® Exterior

Early specification of Knauf AQUAPANEL® Exterior at the design stage of a 60-bed care home in Winnersh has provided both speed and cost savings for specialist care home developers Castleoak Group. By utilising the lightweight performance of the Knauf AQUAPANEL® Exterior panels, compared to brick and block construction, designers were able to reduce the size[…]

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eco friendly wood protection

External wood solution for all needs

OrganoWood® is the latest name in sustainable wood protection and is building a reputation amongst architects, professionals and end users as the external wood treatment of choice for a number of different applications. Offering three leading products – OrganoWood® 01 Protection, OrganoWood® 02 Repellent and OrganoWood® 03 Cleaner – OrganoWood has developed a product for[…]

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thermal insulation

ROCKWOOL reaches new heights in Manchester’s skyline

ROCKWOOL insulation has been specified and installed on a landmark project in the centre of Manchester, providing two new tower blocks with a façade system that ticks all the boxes: fire prevention, thermal insulation and an aesthetically pleasing external appearance. The Cambridge Street development includes two and three bedroom apartments, built to alleviate Manchester’s growing[…]

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rainscreen cladding

The Future House

This is how Scadinavian design looks like. This family home is a perfect combination of energy efficiency, sustainability, comfort and design. Developed by Ovaform Arkitekterne, the “future house” combines natural materials to get the highest efficiency. The natural slate rainscreen cladding system named CUPACLAD® has an extremely low heat transfer coefficient, and in combination with[…]

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Reynaers brings seafront splendour to Jersey Esplanade

The largest single office development in the Channel Islands utilises multiple aluminium glazing systems from leading provider Reynaers. Extending to over 200,000 sq ft, Jersey Esplanade contains large, open plan office spaces across six storeys which surround a central atrium and circulation core. Maximising the coastal location, this allows breath-taking panoramic views of St Aubins[…]

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ROCKWOOL helps deliver energy efficient homes at Silken Park

Residents of a new housing development in Dublin are enjoying increased levels of thermal comfort, and reduced heat loss after ROCKWOOL® insulation was installed on the external envelope. Showcasing the latest design features and a high standard of specification, the development will provide attractive low-energy housing for its residents. Silken Park, a Durkan Residential housing[…]

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Accoya Acetylated Wood

Accoya® cladding scores full marks at performing arts school

High performing school choses Accoya for cladding Impressive sustainability credentials and BREEAM rating key to specification Over 1200m2 of Accoya used throughout project in SE England Accoya®, the world-leading modified wood, has been used to clad a new creative centre at one of the UK’s highest performing schools. Pipers Corner School, an independent day school[…]

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Cavity Trays latest building envelope solutions at the Scotland Build Show 2016

The only cavity tray company in the UK awarded European Technical Approval and the longest-established in its specialised filed is displaying its latest products at the Scotland Build Show 2016. Cavity Trays of Yeovil has a history dating back to the 1920’s and its approved products are accompanied with a performance warranty. Its know-how and expertise derived[…]

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Dow Building Solutions receives BBA accreditation for XENERGY™ SL

Dow’s XENERGY™ SL roofing insulation product has been endorsed by the British Board of Agrément (BBA), which provides a recognised symbol of quality and reassurance for the construction industry. It follows Dow’s recent success in becoming the first company to attain a coveted Green Guide Rating A+ by BRE Global for XENERGY™ SL, and the[…]

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Natural frequency and vibration behaviour of free cantilever steel balconies

Lightweight support structures, such as free-cantilevered steel balconies, can be prone to vibration when people move about on them more heavily than usual.    As designs become ever more lightweight and competitive in cost terms, particularly with very large cantilevers, the vibration behaviour of a structure takes on even more importance.  So when considering the development[…]

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Altro sets clinical standard for new medical centre

Altro’s flooring and wall cladding systems are proving their clinical capabilities in a new state-of-the-art primary healthcare facility in Maidstone, Kent, where safety and infection control are paramount. Redeveloped from an existing building by main contractor Willmott Dixon Interiors, Albion Place Medical Centre combines a local GP practice with services provided by Kent and Medway[…]

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ROCKWOOL takes insulation customers back to the beginning

ROCKWOOL has launched “Origins”, a new integrated marketing campaign which takes customers on a journey to explore the deeper benefits of stone wool insulation alongside the innovation and exceptional service at the heart of the ROCKWOOL brand. “Not all mineral wool insulation is the same,” says Warren Dudding, Marketing Director at ROCKWOOL UK. “That may[…]

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Knauf’s Regal ranges receives planning assent

Proposing the Regal range of colours – developed by Knauf for its Presto render range – has enabled Cavanna Homes to work closely with South Hams District Council’s planning department to achieve a pleasing external aesthetic at its Origins development, set in the heart of the Devon village of Dartington. “We’ve worked with Knauf products before and planners in Devon have seen[…]

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Finish first with OrganoWood®

With architects turning their attention to timber as a favourite material for cladding, Steve Grimwood, Managing Director of OrganoWood®, the natural wood preservative specialist, explains the necessity for specifying a wood protection that offers more than just an aesthetically pleasing finish. Timber has always been a popular cladding material in many countries throughout Europe. This[…]

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Cembrit fibre cement cladding achieves top marks in Liverpool

Cembrit’s through-coloured Cembonit cladding boards have been installed on a ten storey mixed use development in the heart of Merseyside, providing accommodation to students of Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Hope University and the University of Liverpool.   Paramount is a newly built development comprising top quality student accommodation, a spa and gym, as well as[…]

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Kier Construction installs ROCKWOOL at its HQ in Cambridge

Due to ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation providing acoustic, thermal and fire-resistance properties, Kier Group specified a combination of ROCKWOOL flat roofing solutions on its new headquarters in Cambridge. Kier Group is a leading property, residential, construction and services group, which invests in, builds, maintains and renews buildings operating across many sectors, including housing, defence, education,[…]

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Knauf spray-applied plasters make light work of TV superhome

Fairways, the Isle of Wight superhome showcased in September’s Grand Designs programme, features large areas of impeccable plastering made possible by spray-applied MP75 Readymix Plaster from by Knauf – one of the UK’s leading manufacturer of lightweight building materials and systems.  The effect, says designer Lincoln Miles, has been a resounding success. “It’s a joy to[…]

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BRIMSTONE – The Future of British Timber

Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber discusses the many advantages of the first commercially available thermally modified British timber. Brimstone is the latest offering from Vastern Timber – one of the UK’s largest British hardwood sawmills and timber merchants. First unveiled at Ecobuild 2016, Brimstone is the first commercially available thermally modified range sourced exclusively from[…]

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cladding support systems

NVELOPE supports architects with BBA certified cladding support systems

To eliminate any disruption to a building’s exterior appearance, NVELOPE, the market leader in rainscreen cladding support systems, offers architects a range of vertical cladding support systems which allow façades to be installed with no visible fixing. Architects are under pressure to specify rainscreen systems which provide an overall flawless appearance and meet the relevant[…]

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How to improve your energy efficiency without giving up to a stylish look

A rainscreen cladding system is considered to be the most effective solution for thermal insulation. But when designing a project, the final appearance is almost as important as technical issues. That is why CUPACLAD® was born: it combines the elegance of natural slate with energy efficiency improvements. THREE REASONS TO CHOOSE CUPACLAD® 1. Energy efficiency CUPACLAD®[…]

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