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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.

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.

Nowadays, architects and constructors are under mounting pressure to efficiently manage water resources right from the planning stages. Against this backdrop, GRAF UK’s Managing Director, Matthew Rolph, looks at how specifiers can minimise their project’s impact on water supplies, and ensure effective protection against flooding at the same time.

Andrew Mitton from building services engineering contractor, Proline, discusses the issue of overheating in contemporary residential developments and reveals the cooling solution developed by Proline for a new residential tower currently on site in Manchester.

An emerging form of ground source heat pump system (GSHP) known as ‘shared ground loop arrays’ is making a big impact on climate change and air pollution at the same time as providing low-cost heat for households and a return for investors in the technology. Here Dr Matthew Trewhella, Contracts Director at the Kensa Group, explores the GSHP industry’s latest newcomer.

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