Rainscreen – Façades of the Future

Rainscreen - Ronad McDonald Hospital Predicting the future is a tricky business, particularly when it comes to the built environment. If only it were as easy as gazing into a crystal ball!

Some of the more radical ideas have included Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller’s vision to Read the rest

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Rainscreen – Leading Regeneration

Rainscreen and Woodberry Down regeneration To someone coming out of the slums… the idea of going into a house with a bathroom, a proper kitchen, hot water… it was their dream, and it didn’t matter a damn to them if it was in a Read the rest
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Rainscreen – A Fresh New Start

Rainscreen retrofit - Pendleton, Manchester Back in 2006, the Channel 4 show ‘Demolition’ set out to identify the buildings that the general public would most like to see flattened. Unsurprisingly, many of the most popular nominees featured boxy, concrete-faced designs which had quickly become… Read the rest
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Rainscreen – The Science

Rainscreen - Liverpool Central Library Whilst many of us will be jetting off to sunnier climes over the coming month, our buildings are not so lucky.

They have to tough out whatever the British summer has in store and, for many, the first line of … Read the rest

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Rainscreen – A Brief History

Rainscreen facade close up You can’t go far these days without coming across a building using some form of rainscreen cladding.

From schools and hospitals, to skyscrapers and national parliaments, the solution’s versatility has made it a favoured tool of specifiers across the world. … Read the rest

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Façades & Fire Safety – In Context

Facades & Fire Safety In Context

During this blog series we’ve looked at the limitations of the linear route to fire safety compliance for insulation within façade systems at, or above, 18 metres:

  • Materials aren’t subjected to large-scale testing as part of a complete façade system
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Façades and Fire Safety – Fire Safety Engineering Route: The holistic approach

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Throughout history, high rise constructions have always been a testing ground for new ideas and pioneering approaches. 2015 was no different as Shanghai Tower, with its iconic twisted form, officially became the second tallest building in the world, whilst … Read the rest

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Facades & Fire Safety: Performance Route – Going Big on Testing

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Performance based routes to fire safety compliance allow specifiers and installers to take a step back and really consider how an entire facade system would react in the event of a fire.

The performance criteria for these tests are included … Read the rest

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Facades & Fire Safety: Linear Route. Simple is not always best for over 18s

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Designing and installing a fire safe facade system, in principle, seems simple. Every component is already individually tested and graded for response to fire. By selecting materials which perform well in these tests, a high level of fire safety should … Read the rest

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Facades & Fire Safety: Under 18? It’s all about classes and cavities

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When deciding which route to take for fire safety compliance, one of the first things to check is how tall the building actually is, or more specifically, how far above ground level the top ‘habitable storey’ is. This is measured … Read the rest

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