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Ahmarra Doors

Global assessments and primary evidence for fire doors

There seems to be much confusion recently re the use of assessments in fire door certification and Ahmarra would like to clarify our position and hopefully pass on our knowledge of the systems in place. Primary Evidence vs Assessments We strongly believe that both methods should remain a valid route ...
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ZINC

Zinc cladding and roofing

Over the centuries, zinc has proven to be a reliable, durable, corrosion-resistant and attractive metal for use in roofing and cladding. In this article, Marta Danylenko, marketing manager at materials search engine Matmatch explains the history, applications and benefits of using zinc in architectural applications, particularly for roofing and cladding. The mineral zinc ...
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sustainable workspaces

3 sustainable workspaces in London

by Ellina Webb ~ Senior Marketing Executive After visiting the new Mitsubishi Electric office space in London Bridge, Ellina Webb looks at the sustainable construction options that are ideal for flexible working and meeting spaces. A few weeks ago my colleague Martin Fahey spoke about our new London office located in Sustainable ...
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The Condensate Pump Evolution

The Condensate Pump Evolution

As modern demands on the built environment have changed, so have air conditioning units and, as a result, condensate pumps have evolved too. Stuart Newbury, Product Manager at Aspen Pumps explains the evolution and how specifiers can benefit from the next generation of condensate pumps. Stuart Newbury – Aspen Pumps ...
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Recycling

Down in the dumps with recycling

After a trip to the tip, Ellina Webb ponders over the trivial topic of recycling to uncover if 70% of waste really can be recycled or reused in some way. This weekend I finally decided to clear out some of the clutter which has been gathering in the spare room ...
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Cavity Trays

Arches, Cavity Walls & Pinch Points

Rain blown against a cavity wall will gradually permeate the exterior masonry skin and gravitate downwardly. Where the cavity wall incorporates an arched opening, the downward flow is interrupted and water is prevented from permeating in and around the arch opening by a preformed DPC cavitray known as the Type ...
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staircase

Sculptural Staircases

A defining feature that sets the tone of the space and bridges the gap between separate floors and living areas, the staircase isn’t just a structural necessity but an opportunity to be creative and make a statement. Understanding the importance of the staircase in establishing the unique design identity of ...
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Vent-Axia Welcomes Healthy Homes and Buildings White Paper

Vent-Axia Welcomes Healthy Homes and Buildings White Paper

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is delighted to welcome the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthy Homes and Buildings’ White Paper Building our Future: Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings, published on 24 October 2018. The White Paper makes clear recommendations to the Government on how it can ...
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open plan

Controlling comfort in an open plan office

Whilst there’s no such thing as a typical building, are there standard control strategies that can be adopted for open plan offices? Controls expert Scott McGavin investigates. I’ve had conversations with customers asking for the best, single controls strategy to adopt for an open plan office but the challenge here ...
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Quarterre

Quarterre Car Designers Look At Sustainable House Design

Coming back from the summer break with recharged batteries and a suitcase full of souvenirs and good intentions, September always seems to do its best to challenge this with a tsunami of shows. For myself and my colleagues at Quarterre, a transport and product design studio based in London, this ...
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R32

The Top 5 things about R32

So, what are the top 5 things you need to know about R32? There’s been a lot of talk about R32 in the air conditioning world over the past few years, but if you haven’t yet installed a piece of R32 kit, what’s it all about? If you have fitted ...
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IPCC

Act Now idiots say Greenpeace on climate change

by Russell Jones ~ Communications Manager at Mitsubishi Electric With the launch of a new IPCC Report into the urgency behind tackling climate change, Russell Jones looks behind the headline-grabbing use of the word ‘idiot’ and explores what is being done and what can be done. So it really is scarily ...
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