Making the environment a priority is nothing new to us at Sidey. As Scotland’s strongest fenestration company, we take our green responsibilities very seriously, for the benefit of our staff, customers, local communities, and the planet in general.

From increasing thermal efficiency and airtightness to reducing carbon emissions and minimising the risk of condensation, building homes that tick all these boxes can be a real balancing act. Here, John Mellor, Senior Product Manager from Glidevale Protect, discusses the benefits of taking a fabric-first approach and explains why collaboration and compliance go hand in hand.

Hollaway Studio has designed the world’s first purpose-built, multi-storey skatepark in Folkestone, UK, as part of a major ongoing programme to regenerate the seaside town. The landmark building features three skateparks, a climbing wall (the tallest in the south east of England) and a boxing ring. It opens to the public this month.

Paul Foster is this month’s exclusive Q&A profile. The Associate Director and Healthcare Lead at Sheffield-based practice Race Cottam Associates (RCA) discusses his current portfolio and shares more about his inspiration together with advice for aspiring architects.

Both are regional terms used to describe a deviance in level between the two skins of a cavity wall. According to textbooks they should not occur, as every three bricks laid in the outer leaf should match the height of one block laid on the inside skin.

Leading Italian render manufacturer, Fassa Bortolo, will be exhibiting at this year’s UK Construction Week (UKCW) at London ExCeL. A first for the brand, the exhibition will provide Fassa with a valuable opportunity to meet with existing customers face-to-face and forge relationships with potential new housebuilders, contractors, specifiers and architects.

A new building in the grounds of historic Trinity College, Oxford, illustrates how 21st Century environmental performance can be married seamlessly with traditional aesthetic requirements.

Powdertech Corby’s unique ‘Collections’ range of powder coatings can be researched and downloaded as BIM objects from NBS Source.

Quantum Flooring Solutions is delighted to announce that it is launching a brand-new set of awards for 2022. The Q-Awards are open to architects, specifiers, flooring contractors, and other project leaders.

Street tree planting and retention of existing trees in developments, with provision for long-term maintenance, are now embedded in planning policy. Concrete block permeable paving offers an important opportunity to help satisfy these requirements simply, integrated with SuDS and contemporary urban design, as Interpave explains.

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