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Turning a greener shade

James Parker spoke to Peter Howard of Dulux Trade to find out how the firm is attempting to get a clear message to specifiers to drive use of sustainable paint alternatives, and whether the industry is on board. The true... View Article

“Invisible” structural glass launched

Although glass may normally be perceived as essentially ‘invisible’, one manufacturer has explored the potential to remove glare and reflections to produce truly invisible structural glazing. In its campaign, Guardian Glass is highlighting what it describes as the “numerous possibilities... View Article

Historic Swansea art gallery brought into 21st century

The Grade II-listed Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea has been modernised with an extension by architects Powell Dobson that uses low-profile structural glazing to help link the buildings. The project involved adding a new gallery, community and education rooms,... View Article

SageGlass wins green prize

SageGlass, manufactured by the SaintGobain group, scooped the Gaia Award for the most innovative green construction product at The Big 5 2016’s Middle East ceremony, celebrating sustainability. The awards honour companies in the construction industry whose products and services demonstrate... View Article

Future-proof buildings now

Jim Lowther assesses how we can future-proof a new generation of buildings through the specification of the latest rooflights and fire protection products. Specifying products for domestic and commercial building projects can be a daunting process, one which has to... View Article

The energy revolution underway in glass extensions

Christian Wiegel at Solurlux discusses glass as a construction material in the context of a research project on the development of ‘energy self-sufficient’ glass extensions. Constructions made of glass have their own special charm. As a trained architect and engineer,... View Article

Blinding benefits

Integral blinds are not simply an open and shut case, explains Ian Short of Morley Glass & Glazing. Integral blinds – blinds that are fitted between the two panes of glass inside a sealed unit – provide a hygienic, functional... View Article

Glass of the future – a retrospective

Ian Langham from engineering consultant Eckersley O’Callaghan discusses how futuristic 1960s visions of glass buildings have now become reality, and reflects on glass developments present and possibly future. It’s often interesting to reflect on the past to see where we... View Article

Worlds greenest terminal launches at Oslo Airport

Designed by Oslo-based practice Nordic-Office of Architecture, the 115,000 sqm expansion to Oslo Airport sets new standards in sustainability. The competition-winning design, which uses snow as a coolant, has achieved the world’s first BREEAM ‘Excellent’ sustainability rating for an airport... View Article

Material solutions to contemporary challenges at Materials 2017

The new conference and exhibition, Materials 2017, made its debut at the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court, London last week, bringing together architects, specifiers, manufacturers, and suppliers from across the building materials sector. “The significance of materials is frequently overlooked by... View Article

On a path toward low and zero VOC materials

By Steven Argent, Construction Direct at QOB Group  Many of us take the air that we breathe for granted, but in the workplace exposure to harmful chemicals can have a detrimental and serious impact on our health. Improving our indoor... View Article
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