Protecting cities against fire with advanced glazing

Daylight-flooded spaces command a premium from tenants, but in the densest urban areas – where buildings are very tightly packed – it can be difficult to achieve. Not least because of the need to protect against the spread of fire.... View Article

Insulation guide launched by Superglass

One of the UK’s leading glass wool insulation manufacturers, Superglass has launched an in-depth guide on maximising insulation in residential and commercial properties. Designed for use by engineers, builders, architects and surveyors, the guide outlines best practice and suitable product... View Article

Intumescent glazing seals

Mann McGowan manufactures a comprehensive range of glazing seals for fire resistance for timber and steel systems. In the event of a fire, the intumescent swells to form a seal within the glazing pocket and also reduces the risk of premature... View Article

NIA announces new chairman

Following the departure of Tony Hardiman, Chair of the NIA Strategic Board in June the NIA has appointed his replacement as Derek Horrocks, Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Group and previously Vice Chair of the NIA. Commenting on his new... View Article

Rock-solid insulation credentials

With clients demanding versatility as well as robust credentials from insulation, Paul Barrett of Rockwool puts stone wool under the microscope. The ingredient of stone wool insulation is a hard, dark volcanic rock – basalt – that is formed when... View Article

Breaking the thermal mould

Heat lost through conventionally-wrapped parapets is a common complaint among architects, so an efficient space-saving alternative is welcome, says Schöck’s Chris Willett. In a similar way to the thermal insulation issues manifested with balconies, in the case of parapet connections... View Article

Understanding thin polymer modified floating screeds

Traditional sand/cement floating screeds are suitable for application at a minimum thickness of 75mm for heavy and medium duty screed applications (Category A & B) and at a minimum thickness of 65mm for light duty residential use (Category C), see... View Article

The natural alternative: healthy results

With greater focus placed on healthier environments in addition to performance and sustainability, there has been increasing interest in lesser-known technologies. Mark Lynn describes the compelling benefits of natural insulation. We have long been familiar with the use of natural... View Article

ROCKWOOL takes architects back to the beginning

ROCKWOOL has launched ‘Origins’, an interactive video which takes architects on a journey to explore the deeper benefits of stone wool insulation alongside the innovation and exceptional service at the heart of the ROCKWOOL brand. Warren Dudding, Marketing Director at... View Article

Urbanscape® – Knauf Insulation

Urbanscape® Green Roof is a lightweight and easy to install system with high water retention capacity designed especially for green roofs on all flat roof types. Urbanscape is a complete system consisting of a root membrane, drainage system, Green Roll... View Article

Klober over-rafter insulation boards with integral underlay

Klober Permo® therm is a tongue and groove insulation board with integrated reflective underlay and self-adhesive edge strips to seal laps. Unlike square-edged boards, Permo therm has tongue and groove edges which prevent formation of air leakage paths and thermal... View Article

Timber panels supplied to major new health centre

One of the UK’s leading panel manufacturers Panel Systems, has supplied timber faced insulated panels to the new £15m Eastwood Health centre in Glasgow. The panel manufacturer supplied over 140m2 of Aluminium insulated panels, which were clad with Siberian Larch... View Article

New airtightness seminar for architects

Architects can take advantage of a new initiative from tape sealant specialists ISO-CHEMIE , which explains airtightness in construction sealing joints and options for its improvement. The seminar has been designed specifically to advance architectural knowledge and understanding of airtightness and related issues, enabling architects to improve  the design and construction of buildings and boost their technical and product expertise. Delivered onsite within the practice and contributing towards formal CPD training, the one-hour... View Article

Pro-tecting green energy

A state of the art £165million Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in rural Worcestershire is delivering ‘green’ credentials, even to the roof. Building Envelope contractor Lakesmere is installing the roofing and cladding packages on the new EnviRecover facility in Hartlebury... View Article

Knauf AMF delivers feel good acoustic design

Knauf AMF specialist acoustic ceiling solutions are installed throughout one of the largest leisure complexes in London, Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre. The flagship leisure centre is part of the council’s ambitious multi-million-pound sports venue investment programme and is the... View Article