Category: Energy Efficiency

LONDON, UK – July 6th 2019: People hold a Grenfell never again sign in memory of the genfell tower disaster

How Grenfell changed the rainscreen market

The tragic scenes at Grenfell are something that still linger painfully in the memory for many people. Since this terrible tragedy, the cladding sector has come under great scrutiny – perhaps more so than any other involved. It was the rapid pace at which the fire spread through the building which caused most questions. The fire brigade was called out at 12.54am but by just 1am flames had engulfed many floors.

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Introducing… Modulo by alsecco

At alsecco, we specialise in the development, design, and manufacture of products that help you to create iconic facades and beautiful interiors. Seeking to provide innovation, sustainability, and creativity in one, our collection includes systems to suit every architectural style, performance requirement, and budget. That’s why we’re proud to unveil the latest addition to our portfolio: our Modulo natural stone panels. Crafted to create elegant...

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The importance of collaboration: How a good Specification Manager can add value to your project

At alsecco, we have a number of highly specialised specification managers employed by us. Possessing a complete and comprehensive knowledge of our products, their purpose is to work alongside project managers and architects in order to ensure that your needs can be met and your desires made into a reality. However, these specification managers often lament the fact that they are brought in on a project when it’s nearing completion. What this means...

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Off-site Construction – A growing global trend for a forced necessity

Over the next five years, the UK construction sector will increasingly use pre-fabrication to complete project elements and components. However, this new swing towards off-site construction is not necessarily a retrogressive development, as much has changed since the methodology’s previous heyday for notoriously poor post-war building and rebuilding. Where does this new demand for prefabrication come from, what are the advantages and how...

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A feast of finishes – Creative facades, and thinking outside of the white rendered box

  There’s a thin line between striking minimalism and an unfinished appearance. With the industry  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/sep/03/uk-construction-builders-brexit-uncertainty” faced with mounting challenges, companies are increasingly forced to make more out of less. This can require a creative approach to time and budgetary management, strong-arming clients and contractors alike into unattractive compromises; with aesthetics...

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Retrofit Detox

Energy Efficient Retrofit have become dirty words. However, David Pierpoint, chief executive of The Retrofit Academy CIC, explains why it’s time for: Retrofit Detox Former Energy Minister Greg Barker famously described the energy efficiency sector as a failed market. The Energy Act of 2012 was supposed to herald the ‘biggest home improvement programme since the second world war’, driven by two major policy initiatives you will likely recall: The...

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Value engineering: perceived benefits vs potential pitfalls

The concept of value-engineering or “VE”, isn’t new to our industry; especially in an era where cutting costs of building projects is more important than ever before to win contracts and continue to succeed. But when it comes to applying the idea behind value engineering in the real world, those benefits aren’t quite so clear-cut. This can be seen in countless projects and works achieved with this model, including the now-famous Grenfell tower,...

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Meldorfer Brick: Spot the difference

Offering a stunning alternative to traditional clay brick, Meldorfer brick combines advanced construction technology with skilled, artisan workmanship to create beautiful bricks which are also highly functional. Whether you are considering a new project which will be constructed entirely from Meldorfer, or have an existing structure which needs to be repaired, restored or upgraded, this brick has the capacity to get the job done. When you opt...

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The outlook for Passivhaus

Passivhaus is an energy-efficient building standard that has been around for over 25 years and is becoming increasingly popular in our sustainable era. Passivhaus buildings don’t require any form of heating other than supply-air heating via their ventilation systems, and are built to the exacting standards developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany. Passivhaus buildings use very little energy for heating or cooling, yet provide high...

Eco Friendly, efficiency, Energy Efficiency, heat recovery, insulation, Passivhaus

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What is next for Solar PV? Has the sun set on BIPV?

Photovoltaic systems, also known as solar power or PV systems, have been gaining popularity for years. These specialised power systems are designed to integrate into building envelopes in place of more conventional forms of building materials, and provide or a viable alternative source of energy. Solar energy is renewable, efficient, and eco-friendly. It’s a great addition to skylights, roofs, and facades as a means of ensuring a building...

Energy Efficiency, photovoltaic, Sustainability

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What is next for energy efficiency in the UK?

Well-meaning government schemes like the “Green Deal” have attempted to change this, but have led nowhere. Millions of homes are difficult to cold-proof in a cheap and effective way, and hundreds of thousands of Brits now live in fuel poverty. It’s clear that the government needs to take substantive action. In this article, we will take a look at what the problems are and how they can begin to be solved. The problems we face Back in the 1970’s,...

Eco Friendly, Energy Efficiency

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