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100% Design, one of the UK’s largest and longest-standing annual design events, returns for its 24th edition in September with a shake-up to its core programming. New for this year is 100% Build London, a dedicated show within Olympia for the construction and architectural industries.

The 2018 Fire Door Safety Week campaign is set to run from 24 to 30th September and will accelerate education and build awareness about the critical role that fire doors play in delaying the spread of smoke and fire and keeping occupants and firefighters safe. The campaign, now in its sixth year, is led by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), BWF-Certifire scheme, the newly-formed BWF Fire Door Alliance and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS), and reached over 19 million people in 2017.

London’s leading construction and design show, London Build, will return to Olympia, London, on October 23rd and 24th. Since its launch four years ago, London Build has established itself as the largest construction show for London, covering all sectors within the built environment. After reaching full capacity in the Central and West Halls, London Build will be moving to Olympia’s National Hall for this year’s show.

The construction industry is brimming with projects, products, innovations, debates and regulations, and keeping up is challenging.

Brian Sofley, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, explains why a new approach is needed to improve fire safety within the building industry.

As underfloor heating (UFH) systems enjoy a resurgence, Panel Systems takes a look at what is behind the increased demand.

James Griffiths, Head of Specialist Projects at heating, cooling and plumbing specialist Uponor, discusses the underfloor heating and cooling installation at Transport for London’s Old Oak Common depot for the Elizabeth line.

Rob Firman, Technical and Specification Manager at RAVATHERM UK – manufacturer of POLYFOAM Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) insulation – highlights the risks of inaccurate U-value calculations and the need for a more rigorous approach during the specification process.

In 2015, the Government announced new measures to make it easier for developers to turn underused or derelict office buildings into new homes. While this relaxation of planning policy has opened up more possibilities for new town and city-centre accommodation, developers going down this route require a formidable creative touch to transform dated office blocks into desirable residential properties. Here, Steve Tonkiss from REHAU looks at how the clever use of modern glazing can give developers an edge.

In lieu of the Grenfell disaster and the collapse of Carillon, the construction industry is having a huge identity crisis. With the industry’s ever-widening skills shortage getting worse, modernisation of the industry is long overdue. As well as this, the industry has the added pressure to solve what is sadly the worst gender balance of any industry. As a collective, how can we challenge the typical, often negative stereotypes of an industry where less than 14% of workers are women? Jayne Hall, Vice-President of CABE, looks at this growing issue, to see how the gender imbalances can potentially be resolved.

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