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BUILDING DESIGN

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  • Introduction to movable walls and partitions
    Movable walls and partitions are used in offices, schools, universities and hotel conference areas to provide versatility to an interior space. They can be specified at the design stage or can be installed as part of an...
  • Introduction to acoustic doors
    Acoustic doors improve the sound insulation of reducing the transference of noise from one area to another and enhance privacy. Suitable applications include offices in factories, warehouses and industrial premises; private...
  • Introduction to industrial doors
    Industrial doors are suitable for large, structural openings in factories and warehouses. Often made from aluminium or galvanised steel, they can be single- or double-skinned, the latter sometimes incorporating insulation.
  • Introduction to screws and fasteners
    The screws and fasteners in this section are used on substrates ranging from timber decking and natural stone surfaces to concrete, steel, cast iron and plastic. They can be countersunk, flush with the surface, or have...
  • Introduction to external wall / rainscreen cladding
    Facade cladding forms the weatherproofing skin of a building. It can be fixed directly to the frame, or be constructed as a rainscreen system. Rainscreen cladding has a double-wall construction, with a subframe holding...
  • Introduction to floor screeds
    Floor screeds to apply to uneven substrates for a smooth, level surface onto which decorative floor coverings can be installed if required. The most common floor screeds are cement based. Others options include resin,...
  • Introduction to wall and parapet copings
    Copings and cappings perform dual functions: they provide a neat finish to the top of a wall, and are also designed with protective overhangs or drip grooves that lead rainwater away from the substructure. Often referred to...
  • Introduction to light pipes
    Light pipes, or sun pipes, help to reduce energy costs by transporting natural daylight into buildings, minimising the demand on electrical lighting. They are suitable for commercial and residential applications, and can be...
  • Introduction to window surrounds
    Window surrounds for building restoration and new build projects. Whether a simple arch trim or a fancifully ornate carving, window surrounds lend aesthetic coherence to a building when matched to other architectural...
  • Introduction to thermal insulation panels and rolls
    Thermal insulation is available in many different materials and formats. Rockwool and glass mineral wool are non-combustible insulation materials. They are supplied in slabs that can be easily incorporated into different...
  • Introduction to building and walling stone
    Building and walling stone has been used for the construction of masonry buildings and external walls for thousands of years. Blocks are quarried from natural stone such as sandstone, limestone and slate, or manufactured...
  • Introduction to render beads
    Render beading is used in rendering, plastering and dry wall lining. Beads can be fitted onto internal or external walls, depending on the beading material. Corner / angle beads are used on rendered and plastered corners to...
  • Introduction to sports and performance floors
    Sports and performance floors are ideal for high-impact activities, ranging from dance to ball sports and aerobics to weightlifting. They will also often have to cater for secondary uses, such as exhibitions or school...
  • Introduction to building blocks
    Blockwork forms part of a building’s structure and contributes to its thermal mass. This means it helps the building store, contain and subsequently release heat – an important part of energy efficiency. Walling and flooring...
  • Introduction to weatherboard cladding
    Weatherboarding is a type of cladding with long thin timber boards that overlap one another, either vertically or horizontally. It is traditionally used to clad houses, but is equally suitable for public buildings such as...