Category: Sustainability

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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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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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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Sustainable materials for architecture

The use of sustainable materials in architectural construction projects is becoming increasingly popular in 2018. From the creation of soil-based structures, such as adobe buildings, to repurposed materials, architecture is embracing the diversity and affordability offered by the use of sustainable materials. Cross laminated timber, photovoltaic glass for new buildings, repurposed and reclaimed materials are all used more widely in contemporary...

Eco Friendly, photovoltaic, Repurposed, Sustainable

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Building paints manufacturer swoops prestigious sustainability prize

An innovative building paints manufacturer, operating in the UK as alsecco, has been awarded a prestigious sustainability prize for its work on addressing future climate challenges. The company, known for its sustainable and climate-friendly approach, took the top spot from a field of hundreds of entrants in the medium-sized companies category of the German Sustainability Award 2018. “As a driver of innovation, the company is a fine example...

DAW Group, Paint, Sustainability

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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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