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INFORMATIVE ARTICLES FROM BUILDING PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS AND INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS 

 

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Notre Dame

Old buildings are at their most vulnerable when undergoing repairs

Lessons to be learnt from the Notre Dame fire Last year in the UK some 300 his­toric build­ings were dam­aged by fires, with many occur­ring whilst under­go­ing ren­o­va­tions or repairs. There is an online nation­al ...
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design of home impacts wellbeing

80% of consumers say that the design of homes impacts their wellbeing

New research published by Eurocell plc, the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline systems, has revealed that four in five consumers believe the design of their ...
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Vent-Axia Welcomes Healthy Homes and Buildings White Paper

Vent-Axia Welcomes Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia, has welcomed the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, which came into force 20th March 2019. The Act makes it a legal requirement that ...
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PAC GDX

Making an entrance

With advances in access control technology, key fobs and readers are replacing traditional locks and keys. PAC GDX area manager, Lloyd Palmer, examines what to consider when specifying access control ...
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Fixed ladder compliance

Fixed ladder compliance: what does it mean?

Last month, we wrote about an issue many people tend to neglect: the inspection and recertification of fixed ladders. It is a common misconception that fixed ladders do not need ...
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heating

Support when you need it most

What back up should you expect from a heat pump manufacturer? As a nation, we spend a staggering £13.5 billion a year on heating our homes and this is only ...
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circular economy

UKGBC releases Circular Economy Guidance

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today released a comprehensive guidance document to promote the practical application of circular economy principles on construction projects. By providing detailed yet accessible information, Circular economy guidance for construction ...
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Ultra Quiet Ecodan air source heat pumps

Change is now here for domestic heating

By Max Halliwell, Communications Manager for Mitsubishi Electric's Heating & Ventilation Systems With changes to the building regulations, heat pumps become a more automatic choice for housing developers We’ve just ...
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Modular Builds

Top three benefits of modular builds

Whether you love or loath IKEA, there is no denying the thrill of picking out furniture and seeing it in your home on the same day. More and more house ...
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Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

David Treharne, Senior Engineer at Domus Ventilation, looks at how improvements in the energy efficiency of dwellings has led to poor indoor air quality, and why mechanical ventilation is the ...
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circular economy

UKGBC releases Social Value guidance for local authorities

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today released its latest guidance document, detailing how local authorities can help ensure that new construction and property development in their area positively ...
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sustainability

What does sustainability mean in architecture?

From Hybrid air conditioning to the emergence of ‘plyscrapers’, Ellina Webb looks into sustainability in architecture and the built environment. Sustainable, sustainably and sustainability are three buzzwords that I’ve heard ...
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Eurocell

A window into the future – consumers demand large, energy efficient windows with noise reduction features

New research has revealed the window design and features that consumers hope to see in their future homes, with 52% of consumers saying that they would like to see windows ...
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eyebolts

The dangers of wrongly installed eyebolts

On buildings where access is regularly required using a harness, installing eyebolts such as the Kee i-Bolt range to attach a harness line to is worth considering to make work ...
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work at height

What if work at height can’t be avoided?

By Richard Dyson, Safesite General Manager The work at height hierarchy states that work at height should be avoided wherever possible. Working at height can be deemed a high risk ...
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Green Roofs

Do Green Roofs Improve Air Quality?

Good air quality plays a major role in the health of people living in urban environments. People who live in concentrated urban areas are often exposed to high levels of ...
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Board-Walk system

Three Cheers to Roof Safety

According to the HSE, falls from height are the third highest cause of fatal and major injuries in the food and drinks sector, comprising  20% of fatal accidents and a ...
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sustainable construction

Building for a sustainable future

Kirsty Hammond, editor of Specifier Review looks at how far we have come towards sustainable construction. It's a well-known fact that we are in the midst of a housing crisis.  ...
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skin cancer construction

Limiting sun exposure for installers and construction workers

 by Ellina Webb ~ Senior Marketing Executive at Mitsubishi Electric With researchers estimating that 2% of deadly skin cancer cases in Britain affect people working outdoors, Ellina Webb revisits a previous Hub ...
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ladder safety

Is your ladder safe to use?

Ladders are a vital part of many work at height tasks, but also contribute to a large percentage of work at height injury statistics. In general, ladders are best used ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why saving a few pounds on emergency lighting can be dangerous

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 ...
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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 ...
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Can Green Roofs Create Greater Health and Well-Being?

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’ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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