Technical focus

With the liquid roofing and waterproofing sector rapidly growing, Victoria Ramwell from Kemper System offers best practice advice on how to specify and install liquid systems.

Minimising energy use in buildings by improving the thermal performance of the building envelope has become increasingly important in the drive for sustainability and energy efficiency. And the prevention of thermal bridging is critical with structural attachments, such as balconies. This was a particularly important consideration at the extensive new Hendon Waterside project.

Simon Gregory, Sales Director at Proteus Facades, looks at how innovation in cladding materials are providing architects with more choice when it comes to specifying facades for large and existing buildings.

The BUGA Wood Pavilion celebrates a new approach to digital timber construction. The segmented wood shell is based on biological principles found in the plate skeleton of sea urchins, which have been studied by the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart for almost a decade.

Failure to install compliant highway ironwork could lead to costly rework and in the worst-case scenario, dangerous conditions on busy carriageways. Barry Turner, Technical Manager at Wrekin Products and Chairman of the BSi BSEN124 Standard committee, discusses the dangers of assuming highway ironwork meets HA104/09 and the best practice to guarantee that it does.

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