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    Insulation solutions for retail, hospitality and entertainment: A holistic and sustainable approach to enhancing customer experience

    Whether you are designing a sprawling shopping centre, an opulent hotel, or a brand new cinema complex, the physical environment plays a critical role in the comfort of customers and their perception of the space. Effective building insulation can help manage indoor noise levels, temperature, condensation, and the maintenance of good indoor air quality, all of which help improve the customer experience.


    Industrial handrails for water industries: Guidance on material selection for durability, compliance

    A rusted handrail is not only an eyesore, but it is also a safety risk. With the right materials, compliant handrails can keep workers safe over the long-term and help organisations avoid liability. Corrosive environments, such as those found in water industry facilities, require designers and specifiers to take extra care when specifying railing systems.


    Designing with acoustic ceiling baffles: A versatile solution for controlling noise and reverberation

    The design of the ceiling holds considerable sway over the noise levels, reverberation times, and clarity of speech in a space. When the objective is to create a well-balanced acoustic environment without compromising on aesthetics, acoustic ceiling baffles should be in every designer’s toolbox.


    Boreal beauty: A guide to Nordic softwood

    Nordic softwood has gained recognition and popularity in Australia for its availability and accessibility, exceptional quality and sustainability. Considering the declining supply of traditional Australian native hardwoods and the demand for sustainable alternatives, it is important for practitioners to understand the benefits of specifying Nordic softwood and its suitability for a range of interior and exterior applications.


    Guide to cleanroom flooring design

    Cleanrooms are essential in a growing number of industries to safeguard manufacturing operations and the quality of components, ensure the integrity of scientific research and maintain high levels of hygiene in healthcare settings. Some of the industries where you will find cleanrooms include pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and high technology.


    Defining "luxury" in modern kitchen design

    At its core, luxury is centred around the idea of exclusivity—the idea that only a very limited number of people will be able to experience what a product, service or brand has to offer. While this feeling is typically evoked through a perception of quality, comfort and elegance, the term “luxury” is evolving to reflect the preferences of today’s conscious consumer.


    Selection guide for thermally modified wood species

    The diverse range of timber species available presents both opportunities and challenges, with significant variations in looks, performance and supply. While different types of wood exhibit varying levels of suitability for specific uses in their natural state, thermal modification enhances their durability, elevating their quality and aesthetic appeal.


    Building in bushfire prone areas: A 2024 update

    Better design planning against the threat of bushfires is an urgent issue in Australia due to the growing density and sprawl of the built environment and the beginning of longer-lasting and more intense fire seasons. Although a building's survival from a fire in extreme conditions is never guaranteed, there are a range of design measures that will increase its chances.


    Keep it cool: Evaluating the key elements of Rack Arm Louvre Systems

    In order to achieve optimal thermal comfort and daylighting, modern commercial architecture uses a wide variety of external shading systems in various types, materials and styles. Assessing and selecting the appropriate solution for the Australian climate is key to delivering a healthy and thermally comfortable building.


    Materials in fireplace design: Understanding the difference between non-combustible and heat-resistant materials

    In modern Australian homes, fireplaces are a highly desired feature because of the natural fire element. It is this same fire element that necessitates careful specification of fire-resistant building materials when designing fireplace surrounds and enclosures. There is often confusion regarding the difference between “non-combustible” and “heat-resistant” materials in relation to the materials on, around or near a fireplace.


    Building with polymer formwork: A guide to NCC fire compliance

    With fire regulations continuously evolving, fire compliance is critical for building professionals. With new types of construction on the rise, it is timely to examine current fire compliance requirements, the methods to prove compliance, and how these relate to polymer formwork wall systems for internal and external walls.


    The colourful canvas: Exploring the importance and effects of floor colour

    The influence of floor colour on building occupants is profound. As the largest surface area within an interior space, the floor is not only crucial for setting the desired ambiance but also for ensuring functional effectiveness. A deep understanding of how to leverage the power of colour to shape the productivity, health, and overall wellbeing of individuals


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