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  • 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 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...
  • Window films and coatings – a guidance article
    Window films to cater for glazing-related challenges including heat gain, glare reduction, UV protection, safety, security, privacy, appearance, cleaning, and energy efficiency. Window films and coatings are specified to...
  • 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 security doors
    Security doors are installed in industrial and commercial buildings, or any environment where a high risk of burglary, vandalism or terrorist activity has been identified. The Loss Prevention Certification Board has...
  • Introduction to damp proof membranes
    Damp proofing membranes for floors, walls, foundations and basements. Damp proof membranes, or DPMs, prevent moisture from entering a building’s interior. The membranes can be mechanically fixed or liquid-applied to...
  • Introduction to raised access floors
    Raised access floors are suitable for offices, schools, shopping centres and computer rooms. The elevated floor enables access to concealed areas and creates space for mechanical and electric services, such as cable and...
  • Introduction to door operators
    Door openers and closers are used for the control and operation of automatic entrance systems, particularly in commercial and public buildings. Doors of any configuration, such as sliding , folding , revolving or swing doors...
  • Introduction to hygienic doors
    Hygienic doors are used in specialist environments where excellent hygiene is critical, such as, laboratories, kitchens, food processing factories, hospitals, pharmaceutical areas and other medical premises. Hygienic doors...
  • Introduction to rooflights
    Rooflights, also known as skylights, can be installed on pitched or flat roofs to maximise natural daylight and reduce dependency on electrical lighting, saving energy and reducing costs. Rooflights help to promote a better...
  • Introduction to retail kiosks and booths
    Retail kiosks are a popular means of pushing back against town centres and high streets losing their distinctive identity and becoming dominated by large chain retailers. They are a good way of raising the profile of...
  • Introduction to building boards
    Building boards have a variety of uses in construction, from general-purpose to more specialist applications. They can incorporate specific characteristics, such as increased moisture and impact resistance. Decking boards...
  • Introduction to roof cladding sheets
    Roofing sheets form the final weatherproofing cladding on a roof structure. Frequently made from single- or double-skin metal, roof sheeting is also available in GRP and fibre-reinforced cement. Steel, zinc, aluminium,...
  • Introduction to metal paints and coatings
    Metal paints and coatings can be applied to interior and exterior metal surfaces, such as radiators, cladding, steelwork, garage doors, garden furniture, gates, railings, gutters, drainpipes and machinery. The metal surface...
  • Introduction to stages
    Stages are an integral part of performance art: in Western culture, the proscenium arch, which has its origins in ancient Roman theatre, is the most common type of stage. In purpose-built theatres, a permanent stage will be...