May 2013 issue

Collaboration, consistency and cost – three factors that are key to a successful project. With the adoption of BIM at the forefront of the construction landscape, integrating with multiple project members is an essential part of the process, requiring accuracy and a shared vision.

Within this month’s issue of FC&A, consistency is a popular theme throughout, not only in terms of quality, but in the specification process as well. We hear from coatings specialist, Powdertech, which highlights its concerns that levels of quality can often fall by the wayside as a project nears completion. Failure to stick to the specification can lead to lower quality products being used, and subsequently a poor overall finish. It is a widespread issue, but one that can be avoided. Turn to page 16 to find out how.

Elsewhere in this issue, Interface addresses biophilic design and its increasing presence in luxury commercial settings, such as hotels. Responding to our intrinsic connection with nature, the global carpet tile manufacturer highlights how natural elements such as stone, earth and grass can be translated using colours and textures. Turn to page 22 to see how you can bring the outdoors in.

FC&A is also pleased to announce CPD as its newest addition to the regular feature line-up. Readers may have noticed its appearance in the past few issues, however after great feedback we will keep you informed of these invaluable seminars and presentations on a monthly basis. Places fill up fast, so we advise that you book early to avoid disappointment.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget, you can also access all the latest features, product news and supplier information at your fingertips via FC&A’s state-of-the-art app for smart phones and tablets. Simply scan the code on the reader response card found within this issue.

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