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Opened in 2017, the University of Canberra Hospital is the largest establishment of its type in the region. With health and wellness at the heart of the hospital’s mission, the facility was after a water management solution that would ensure a legionella-free drinking water system for the existing 29 Billi units on site that would also be effective against microorganisms and other impurities.
As the undisputed centre of family life, the kitchen has seen its popularity rise in interior design. Once characterised by its purely utilitarian focus, kitchen design is now an integral component of a home’s overall look and feel. However, kitchens feature a range of specialty products, fixtures and accessories that can make the task of matching different elements together challenging, especially when you need to consider the flow of design and aesthetic of the entire home.
The planning, design, construction, as well as the renovation and repurposing, of laboratories is a challenging topic. Labs are not only mini-ecosystems of people, devices, equipment and facilities that need to work together seamlessly, they are evolving into their own micro-communities for learning, collaboration and cross-functional teamwork. Architects, designers and builders are looking for resources that will help them create the laboratories of the future.
Amidst the rapidly expanding local and global construction sectors, sustainability is a key concern. Architects and specifiers must navigate a tricky terrain of mandatory regulation and compliance hurdles, coupled with growing social pressure and, importantly, their own drive to make a positive impact on the world.
It takes vast amounts of natural resources to create the built environment, and to manufacture the fixtures, appliances and accessories that go into our kitchens, bathrooms, and laundries. As population numbers grow, so does the pressure on the environment. Calls are growing within the construction industry to transform the existing “take-make-waste” system and adopt a new economic model designed for sustainability: the Circular Economy.
Verosol’s 50-plus years of experience place it in an ideal position to help specifiers not only meet the requirements of Section J but reach beyond them.
With funding for school infrastructure set to increase, there are growing opportunities in the education sector for designers and specifiers. School builds, renovations and fit-outs must address a growing number of student needs and maximise learning opportunities. Too often interior elements such as flooring are specified without a deep understanding as to how they can impact student health, wellbeing and academic performance.
The Circular Economy is an economic model focuses on designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use to reduce ecological impact, and regenerating natural systems. How can this approach be applied to building design and construction?
Despite the variety of flooring options available, timber flooring remains among the most popular in new builds and renovations. The challenge for designers and specifiers is to select the right timber flooring that balances client preferences alongside aesthetics, durability and performance. There are several types of timber products to choose from, including traditional solid timber floors, pre-finished, engineered timber, and laminate products.
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, calls are growing for design innovations that ensure all future builds comply with infection control measures. One of the suggested innovations is the adoption of hands-free sensor taps that enable bathroom users to dispense water without human contact. However, there are several misconceptions that may make owners, designers and architects hesitant in specifying touchless technology.
Often an overlooked design element, effective screening for windows and doors can contribute to improved building security, energy efficiency, ventilation and comfort and serve a variety of applications. However, not all screened products are the same – for some applications, the screened product must meet a stringent set of design specifications and testing requirements.
Doors are sometimes the most overlooked items in a building, yet mistakes in door scheduling can set projects back, causing delays in handover and costly budget overruns. Door hardware errors can make up approximately 18-20% of total defects onsite across a project and are often caused by poor documentation or not following industry standards in terms of compliance.