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The catastrophic Grenfell and Lacrosse tower fires continue to have a massive impact on the design and construction industry. Recent reports suggest that approximately 3,400 buildings in Australia have potentially flammable cladding. The cost to property owners will be massive – economic estimates suggest that it could cost over $6.2 billion to rectify the use of combustible cladding nationwide.
For the past 14 years, Architecture & Design magazine has run the Sustainability Awards – Australia’s oldest national sustainability awards program dedicated to rewarding excellence in sustainability across our built environment. This year, RMS Traders were the proud sponsors of the Urban & Landscape category. Download this eBook to find out more about the nominees and award winners for this category.
In Australia, one in six Australians, or about 4.4 million people, live with a disability. Despite the known benefits of inclusive educational settings and the fact that our population is rapidly ageing as a whole, conventional design methods and lack of suitable equipment has meant that the needs of people with disability are often not met in mainstream educational, work and age care settings.
The process of thermal modification increases the durability and stability of wood, making it the ideal green alternative for a wide variety of external and internal building applications. However, industry confusion still exists over what thermally-modified wood is, how it is made, and the benefits it offers to modern construction. Download this whitepaper to learn more.
In May 2019 a new National Construction Code introduced significant changes to the provisions outlined in Section J of Volume 1, which sets out the energy efficiency requirements of buildings. Download this free whitepaper to learn how the Kingspan Kooltherm® range aims to help the construction sector improve the thermal efficiency of building envelopes by providing exceptional insulation.
When choosing water-efficient showerheads, designers should be careful not to overlook the role of human behaviour in achieving actual water savings. If low flow, WELS-rated showerheads deliver poor spray pressure or a below-par user experience, any water savings may be circumvented by negative behaviours such as longer showers. Balancing water efficiency with user comfort is key. Download this whitepaper and learn more.
Motionless roof ventilation systems are a cost-effective, non-ageing solution that utilises natural pressure variables and airflow dynamics to facilitate the circulation of air within a space without creating draughts or inviting unwanted particulates from outdoors.
If not adequately ventilated, indoor pool and spa areas are subject to a number of issues ranging from odour build up and mildew to the deterioration of building materials and resulting structural damage. High-performance, motionless roof ventilation systems are the best solution for use in indoor pool and spa applications as powered units have a short life, require frequent replacement and are never a holistic solution.
Amidst a global pandemic, property owners are acutely aware of the risk of infectious spread in built environments. As contaminated surfaces provide a potential reservoir for pathogens to persist, designers are looking for architectural solutions that deliver elevated levels of cleanliness across many different applications.
Aluminium composite cladding is an umbrella term for a range of cladding products, and the flammable component responsible for the cladding fires was the 100% polyethylene core at the centre of the cladding. For a cladding product that provides excellent thermal performance, along with a host of other desirable characteristics, designers and specifiers should opt for a mineral core aluminium composite cladding solution.
When specifying timber flooring, there are two concerns that are front of mind for every designer and specifier: sustainability and durability. With unethical and illegal logging still a problem in many countries around the world, it is imperative that designers and specifiers choose only to work with responsible suppliers. Download this whitepaper to examine some of the sustainability and durability considerations for designers and specifiers when it comes to selecting timber flooring.
The food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors are worth trillions, yet the risk of foodborne pathogens and workplace accidents can stop a business in its tracks. Addressing these risks starts on the ground floor – a purpose-built, anti-microbial and slip-resistant flooring system can help ensure a safe and productive manufacturing operation.