A product that is manufactured entirely in the Midlands and is designed with local supply-chains and energy efficiency in mind, has scooped an award win for Energy Efficiency Product of the Year at the Electrical Review & Data Centre Review Excellence Awards.

The road to net zero may be leading the construction industry in a new direction, but some processes, like the reliance on linear supply chains, can prove to be hard habits to break. Andrew Cooper, National Specification Manager from Senior Architectural Systems, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned aluminium fenestration solutions providers, discusses the theory behind supply chain circularity and how specifiers and manufacturers can put it into practice.

For 20 years, the ‘Elite’ retractable ladder remains one of Premier Loft Ladders most popular products. The reason is simple – its versatility.

Hambleside Danelaw’s CPD Low Carbon GRP Daylight Solutions for the Metal Building Envelope allows specifiers and architects to understand how rooflight choices in relation to key performance requirements can impact on the overall contribution rooflights can make to the metal building envelope.

The first of its kind in the world, a new neuroscience centre designed by BIG will bring together psychiatry and neuroscience under one roof to combine groundbreaking science and treatment of physical and mental brain diseases, spinal cord and nervous systems. BIG’s 19,000m2 design proposal for Aarhus University Hospital mimics the gyrification of the human brain to utilise the limited site area most efficiently while creating synergies between the different disciplines within the hospital.

Set along the western boundary of the Milano Innovation District (MIND) – a recently-developed neighbourhood bringing together cutting-edge scientific research and education, business and leisure facilities northwest of central Milan – MAD Architects, led by Chinese Architect Ma Yansong, has unveiled renderings of a monumental gateway complex.

While urban agriculture is nothing new – with people having sought ways to grow more in less space and with less soil for centuries – it’s certainly offering a very attractive opportunity for those who are actively looking for new ways to incorporate sustainable living into their daily lives.

Accelerating investment in energy efficiency is essential if the UK’s commercial property sector is to meet the strengthened Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) that came into force 1st April, says lighting manufacturer Tamlite Lighting.

According to The Building Research Establishment (BRE), a BREEAM certificate “demonstrates to everyone that claims of sustainability – and the benefits and value it brings – can be confidently accepted”. Achieving an outstanding result in the BREEAM assessment process is something at the top of the agenda for responsible specifiers and architects.

Gilberts Blackpool is continuing its pioneering reputation at the original outlet for one of the UK’s fastest-growing coffee brands.

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