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Specifier Review

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INFORMATIVE ARTICLES FROM BUILDING PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS AND INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS 

 

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UKGBC welcomes the Government proposals for improving commercial buildings

UKGBC consults on scope 3 emissions reporting guidance for commercial real estate

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today published a consultation paper inviting feedback on guidance for scope 3 emissions reporting. Scope 3 emissions refer to carbon impacts across a ...
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fragile roof lights

The hidden danger on Scotland’s roofs

When it comes to working on roofs, many people assume the greatest danger comes in the form of falling over the roof edge. Much has been written, including by us, about ...
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water systems

Testing the water

Water hygiene within large buildings is of paramount importance. Bob Blincowe, strategic account manager UK healthcare at Trend Control Systems, explains how a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) can prevent ...
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Green Roofs

Can Green Roofs Reduce Storm Water Run-off?

As part of a sustainable drainage system strategy, it is essential that we find and implement alternative solutions to preventing localised flooding. In built up areas 95% of the ground ...
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Lighting Control

Looking on the brighter side of the National Health Service

Reliable, clear and effective lighting in hospitals plays a key role in all aspects of operational effectiveness, patient recovery as well as staff productivity. Nathan Cole, global product manager at ...
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epoxy paint

The benefits of epoxy paint and clear acrylic resins

Specifying the right coating for your premises can often be a difficult decision, says Rizistal UK product manager Alex Holdway. High build epoxy paint coats are two-component pigmented systems suitable ...
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garden

Size matters: how to make the most of smaller outdoor spaces

From the Garden of Eden to The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the ancient courtyards of countless palaces, outdoor spaces have long played a significant part in the history and ...
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UKGBC welcomes the Government proposals for improving commercial buildings

UK Green Building Council presents industry framework for net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today unveiled a framework for the UK construction and property industry to transition new and existing buildings to become net zero carbon by ...
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R32 air conditioning

R32 – what was all the fuss about?

AC and heat pump trainer Ben Bartle-Ross looks at how mainstream R32 has become Well, we survived R32 didn’t we? One thing that has always heartened me about our industry ...
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Competency

Do you know how to recognise competency?

‘Competency’ is a word that comes up often in discussions about work at height and construction in general. But what does it mean for you? If you are the manager ...
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BIM

Building your digital future

~ How BIM can impact manufacturing ~ Building information modelling (BIM) has revolutionised the construction sector, by digitalising processes and enabling new ways for construction professionals and architects to collaborate ...
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Discrete Heat

Modular: 21st Century Construction,19th Century Technology?

Martin Wadsworth, Managing Director of Discrete Heat, discusses what's really happening in the modular construction market and how it's impacting on building product manufacturers. When you think of modular construction, ...
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EPC

Heat pump energy efficient heating is as easy as EPC

A new app helps push true value of heat pumps For all properties being built, sold or let, you now need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which provides details on ...
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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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sustainability features

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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UKGBC welcomes the Government proposals for improving commercial buildings

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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UKGBC welcomes the Government proposals for improving commercial buildings

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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