Category: Rainscreen Cladding

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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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Why kerb-appeal matters in commercial buildings

How your commercial property looks from the street can have a massive impact on its rental yield and sale value, which is why it is so important to maximise kerb-appeal in new build properties. In this post, we’ll be exploring why kerb-appeal matters, what you can do to improve your building’s appearance, and how we can help deliver architecture which will attract customers and clients. Kerb-appeal: Why does it matter so much? The façade of...

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Bricks at 18 metres high

The need for speed: why modern construction methods are picking up pace in the UK. The UK’s construction sector is currently witnessing the need for speed. The reason? A combination of shortages in construction skills, and the current crisis in the housing sector which has necessitated that projects are finished more quickly, and in many cases use a lower budget.This has allowed more modern construction methods, including off-site construction,...

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The Grenfell impact – Will the new post-Grenfell fire regulations change the way we build?

On 14th June 2017, a fire swept through the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. It was started by a broken fridge-freezer within a fourth-floor flat, with the flames bursting through a window and quickly spreading upwards throughout the whole building. Within just nine minutes the fire had spread to the crown of the building, where burning debris fell and set other parts of the building on fire. The devastating blaze led to 72 people...

building regulations, cladding, fire, fire safety, Rainscreen

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A2 to B1: Know the difference and specify with confidence

The type of ventilated cladding that’s so popular in modern construction can really improve thermal insulation properties, as well as enhancing the overall appearance of buildings. However, specifying the exact requirements of external cladding for your structures can be difficult if you don’t appreciate different standards and testing regimes. Our expert advisers can offer you any support you may need, so don’t hesitate to...

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The changing face of facade design

In the world of architecture, one thing is certain – facade design is changing. With a drive towards glass facades, curtain walling and rain-screen cladding technologies, “more window, less wall” is fast becoming a well-used phrase by designers. The days of new buildings being clad with traditional brick and render or stone facades are now becoming few and far between as a result of materials and architectural preferences evolving....

Glass, Glass Facades, Rainscreen

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