“Net Zero” is the current buzz word throughout the construction industry, and as such the ‘embodied carbon’ or ‘recycled content’ within new construction products is under scrutiny, with the perception that those manufactured with lower embodied carbon, or greater quantities of recycled content, are more sustainable. Yet a better understanding of the full picture is essential when choosing products.

Leading acoustic ceiling systems manufacturer OWA UK has fulfilled its largest contract to date for its OWAtecta S80 demountable metal ceiling raft, with the innovative system being used on two of the buildings that form part of Assembly – a landmark riverside commercial office development in Bristol.

Knauf Insulation has launched Rocksilk® RainScreen Cavity Systems, a range of complete tested systems designed to simplify specification and support compliance in cladding and masonry façades. The systems consist of sheathing insulation, fixings, and cavity barriers.

When leading window, door and façade systems supplier Schüco needed help to improve the sound quality within its UK showroom in Milton Keynes, OWA UK was the first to hear the call and has provided the perfect solution with an array of stylish acoustic ceiling rafts and canopies.

Schüco is delighted to announce that entries are now open for the 2024 Schüco Excellence Awards, marking the eleventh year of the event.

Specifying high security façade systems, doors and windows just got easier. Sälzer GmbH has been specialising in innovative high security systems for over 50 years and became part of the Schüco family in 2018.

Last December, Part B (Fire safety) of the Building Regulations (England and Wales) banned the use of combustible materials in certain build-ups, such as rainscreen façade systems, of residential buildings between 11m and 18m.

Hitesh Pattni, Northern Specification Manager at SFS, discusses how working with a product manufacturer in construction to select an appropriate system solution, provides more reassurance that building envelope performance will be maintained for the length of the given warranty. Attempts to specify system solutions, however, are often undermined by proposed substitutions for individual components.

Behind every modern, imaginatively-designed brick facade is likely to be a range of innovative masonry support. It’s the unsung hero of many wonderful private and public buildings; the unseen aesthetic and structural aid. But what else do we know about these vital, non-visible products? This feature provides an overview of how and why masonry support is needed in buildings and how it has allowed architects to set new parameters in brickwork design, says Ovidiu Bruzan, Senior Structural Engineer at IG Masonry Support.

London-based architecture practice Gundry + Ducker has meticulously designed a spectacular concertina facade for one of the capital’s cherished brewing companies, Camden Town Brewery.

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