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    Out of Frame: Challenges in designing, specifying and installing doors and openings

    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.


    Key design considerations for using raised access floors

    Raised access floors have become a go-to solution for environments that have a high demand for information and communications infrastructure.


    Executing a sustainable and compliant rectification project

    The Ecoloop process ensures that the non-compliant ACP cladding removed from rectification projects is recycled and repurposed through Australia’s first ACP recycling facility, diverting 100% of cladding waste from landfill.


    Metal Matters: Specification of metal ceilings for transportation projects

    With its growing population, Australia’s transport infrastructure needs across road, rail, ports and airports are increasing. Designers, architects and specifiers play a critical role in infrastructure projects that need to manage risk and safety, and ensure both community and commercial viability. For airport and railway station buildings, a well-designed metal ceiling can transform the space into a striking yet functional piece of modern architecture.


    Optimal Access: A guide to specifying quality access ladder systems

    According to Safe Work Australia, falls are among the leading causes of injuries and deaths at work. As a critical element of many workplace safety systems, access ladder specification can be difficult for designers and specifiers. Not all access ladders are the same and choosing the right solution for any project can be challenging for the uninformed. Design, installation, build quality and compliance must all be considered.


    Australian Native: A specifier's guide to engineered timber flooring

    With the growth of engineered timber products on the market, it is critical for architects, designers and specifiers to know what to look for when choosing the solution best suited to their intended application. Engineered timber flooring will perform differently according to a range of factors – from product type, species, and composition to the installation method and climatic conditions of the install environment.


    Next generation linings: Substrates and waterproofing systems for tiled walls

    For tiled wall applications in internal wet areas, the substrate plays an important role in waterproofing systems, lengthening their lifespan and performance while reducing the risk of water leakage behind the tiled area. Current substrate products, such as cement and fibre-cement boards, can be difficult to use and expensive. New substrate alternatives are available that offer superior waterproofing performance alongside tile adhesion, durability, fire-resistance and ease-of-use.


    Multi-layered walls: Weatherproofing for rear ventilated facades

    In Australia, rear ventilated facades (RVFs) are growing in popularity due to the extra layers of protection they offer against rain, wind and other weather elements. However, some confusion remains as to the key performance requirements relevant to the weatherproofing of such systems and the testing procedures used to verify compliance with the National Construction Code.


    Prevention better than cure: The importance of fire prevention systems in residential building design

    With the Australian population ageing, and high-rise apartments getting built taller than ever, designers and specifiers need to take an informed approach to fire prevention – the critical first layer of a complete fire protection system. Download this whitepaper and learn how you can specify effective fire prevention measures to protect people who are more vulnerable to fire hazards.


    Wind pressure effects on facade elements for high-rise buildings and multi-level carparks

    Wind pressure effects on façade system is a complex phenomenon. Wind gusts are random and often turbulent in nature, making it challenging to replicate the real-life scenario with simulation software. However, the vast amount of data from CFD and FEA are an invaluable tool for early design concept stage verification and iterations. Download this free whitepaper to find out more.


    Light Balance: Glazing performance, natural light and solar protection under the new NCC Section J

    Buildings with a high percentage of glazing must contend with the effects of heat gain during Australia’s harsh summer. The use of coated solar protection glass can substantially reduce but not entirely avoid this effect, with key trade-offs made between clarity and performance. Achieving a balance between solar heat gain and natural lighting is key, but is often an overlooked factor in window design. Download this whitepaper to find out more.


    Designing for ageing in place: Drainage solutions for accessibility, independence and safety

    New homes that are being built now by first or second time homeowners are likely to be the homes they live in into old age. New builds need to prioritise safety, accessibility and comfort to meet the needs of occupants now and into the future. Download this whitepaper to learn how informed drainage design can enhance the quality of life of occupants as they “age in place”.


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