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INFORMATIVE ARTICLES FROM BUILDING PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS 

sustainable building

2019’s top 5 trends in green architecture for a livable environment

Climate change has become one of the most important environmental and social issues of the past decades, and thus mankind also faces its crucial challenges in 2019. The building industry has a special responsibility in this question, as the built environment is a great strain on the natural environment and ...
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Modular Construction

Living with buildings: Mobile and modular construction

Ellina Webb visits the “Living with Buildings” exhibition at the Wellcome Collection and discusses the innovative building techniques used in The Global Clinic commission. Health, wellbeing and unique construction techniques for (and in) buildings has been a huge topic for us on the Hub as standards like the WELL building ...
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Nature Recovery Network

New scheme could make developers help reverse wildlife declines

The Wildlife Trusts call for all new developments to contribute to a Nature Recovery Network The Government consultation into a new legal requirement which could make developers actively improve nature closed at the weekend. It is an attempt to help wildlife recover following the severe decline of over half our ...
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fire doors

Change is in the air

Government departments are pouring over technical data and preparing new directives, trade bodies are examining every aspect of potential market implications. No, this is not another missive on BREXIT, but the reality of the changing world concerning Fire Doors and related risk critical products. Change is in the air and ...
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Why saving a few pounds on emergency lighting can be dangerous

When it comes to designing emergency lighting, there are many factors to consider. Peter Adams, Mackwell’s Central Service & Training Manager explains more.  Not only must the emergency lighting system be fit for purpose, but it must also meet stringent safety and compliance standards. Meeting these standards can impact ...
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R32 air conditioning

R32 is now mainstream but are you ready?

Air conditioning trainer Ben Bartle-Ross looks at what installers need to know about R32 As a trainer, I see lots of installers both young and old and I’m still getting questions about the ‘new’ refrigerant, R32, which says to me that some in the industry are yet to embrace the ...
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Green Roofs and the Urban Heat Island Effect

It is generally accepted that it is warmer by a few degrees in urbanised areas than their rural counterparts. This is because of a phenomenon called the ‘Urban Heat Island’ effect. This effect is a result of a number of factors including: 1. Buildings absorb heat (more so as they ...
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Lighting Control Systems

Brighten up! Effective lighting control systems could be the key to improving the wellbeing of your staff

Are feelings of lethargy, despondency and irritability at work familiar? These traits are commonplace in offices, classrooms and lecture theatres across the country and are often the cause of unsuitably lit environments. Effective lighting in the workplace is crucial to the safety and wellbeing of employees. So much so that ...
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coloured handrails

The benefits of colour coated handrails

At Roof Edge, we regularly talk about the benefits of our Equality Act (DDA) compliant Kee Access fittings, which provide access for all across the UK in all manner of applications. Handrail must meet several requirements to comply with the Equality Act, such as contrasting visually to its surroundings, allowing ...
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R32 refrigerant

R32 refrigerant – why the change and why now?

Carl Dickinson looks at the background to the use of a new refrigerant in air conditioning units. If you work with air conditioning in any way, whether as a consultant, installer, service engineer or corporate user of heat pump equipment, you may have heard about the move to a new ...
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Clean Air Strategy

Vent-Axia Welcomes Government Clean Air Strategy

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia has welcomed the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, launched on 14th January 2019, which highlights the importance of clean air in the home. The strategy sets out how the Government aims to tackle all sources of air pollution with indoor air quality (IAQ) a key part of ...
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Why creating new ponds helps to protect the ecosystem

At the start of the 20th century, there were around a million freshwater ponds in Britain, supporting a bio-diverse mix of animals, plants and herbs. By the turn of this century, half had disappeared and, according to research by charity Pond Conservation, 80% of those remaining were in a poor condition ...
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