green roof

Key considerations for green roof specification

Stuart Hicks from cold-applied liquid waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, discusses the rise of green roof applications and specification best practice. The green roof market is quite literally growing – in 2017, the annual market growth rate was revealed at 17%, according to ‘The UK Green Roof Market’ report produced by Livingroofs.org. This year alone, the[…]

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living with dementia

Access to nature among top considerations when designing buildings for people with dementia

Buildings designed for people living with dementia must prioritise unrestricted access to nature, support for wayfinding and navigation, and the safety of the environment – new research has found. Academics at Birmingham City University have carried out the study examining how homes and houses should be designed in order to provide the best support and[…]

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IAQ

Healthy, Happy Homes

Health and wellbeing is a hot topic, it’s affected by everything from lifestyle to the air we breathe and even noise levels in our environment. Recent research has highlighted the crucial importance of good indoor air quality (IAQ) and how the nation’s health depends upon it. And noise-related stress is increasingly recognised as affecting our[…]

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carbon footprint

Office fit-out with sustainability and wellbeing at its heart

Martin Fahey looks at how the refurbishment of a small city centre office has helped improve staff wellbeing and lower the organisation’s carbon footprint The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) recently refurbished its London headquarters, with a design team drawn from its membership and the aim of challenging industry thinking as to what is achievable[…]

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BEMS

A rational approach to alarms

Timely notification about any events concerning a building services infrastructure is vital. However, Steve Browning at Trend Control Systems, explains why the generation of too many individual alarms is deterring end users from configuring a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) to undertake the monitoring of their key compliance needs. When initially presented with the choice,[…]

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BEMS

Air traffic control

Indoor air quality has a major influence on the health, comfort and wellbeing of a building’s occupants. Graeme Rees, marketing director at Trend Control Systems, explains how a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) can optimise comfort conditions and help keep people healthy and happy. Over the last few years a growing body of scientific evidence[…]

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Kemper System

Liquid Waterproofing: Key differences between wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry applications

Stuart Hicks from cold-applied liquid waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, looks at the key differences and benefits of installing a wet-on-wet vs. wet-on-dry liquid waterproofing solution. In many refurbishment and new build projects, specifying a liquid system for a roof, walkway or balcony is an obvious choice.  However, not so obvious are the key considerations to[…]

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Does everybody need good neighbours?

by Ellina Webb ~ Marketing Specialist at Mitsubishi Electric Ellina Webb examines neighbourhoods and the social, economical and environmental benefits of co-housing. A few weeks back The Independent reported that in the words of former Downing Street adviser Max Chambers “Britain’s neighbourhoods are dying”. This statement has led me to ponder over its truth and what the[…]

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