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Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These ...

Idea Lab in Ciudad de México / by ARCO Arquitectura

Innovating, discovering, experiencing and acting are the main activities which will be held at i.d.e.a. Lab a new space for culture and creation designed by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea executed in Mexico City.

A'tolan House, Taiwan / by : Create+Think Design Studio

A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on the east coast of Taiwan. It may also be interpreted as “piling of rocks”, “building wall with ...

BECYCLE Boutique Fitness Studio, Berlin / by Lien Tran

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Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

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Category: Building Materials

A Look at the Best Types of Commercial Roofing Materials

When it comes to commercial roofing, there are many options to choose from. These advanced roofing systems are used to cover many different building types. The commercial roofing industry is a growing industry that has changed over the years. New and more advanced roofing technologies have replaced older roofing practices in some cases. But there are some roofing systems that have stood the test of time and are still being used with success. Today, we are going to learn about three of the most common commercial roofing systems in the world.

Single-Ply TPO Roofing

Companies like Anderson Contractors have been installing single-ply TPO roofing for years. This commercial roofing type is often the go-to choice for many building owners. Thermoplastic Polyolefin roofing is a more advanced roofing system that many choose to invest in. Many building owners who plan to keep their property for a long time will often go with this option because of its durability. While it is a little pricier, this roof type will last for many years. Those of you with flat, low sloping roofs will benefit the most from this roofing system. To apply a TRO roof, certified technicians will use several different methods, including fully adhered, self-adhering, and mechanically attached. If you would like to learn more about single-ply TPO roofing, please visit this website.
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Portapivot’s Pivot Hinge Technology Receives an iF Design Award

Antwerpen, Belgium, 2017-03-14 – Stealth pivot is a compact and innovative pivoting hinge, that can be fitted inside virtually any door leaf. The pivot hinge features a high-tech comfort closure that works in all swing directions even up to 360°.
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STM Stinson Bus Garage / by Lemay

Montréal, Canada, 2016-03-29 – In January 2014, we finally could admire the new STM Stinson Transport Centre located in Montreal’s St-Laurent district. The Centre’s design project was given to Lemay, an architectural firm whose objective was to integrate this new building in its residential surroundings without raising both visual and air pollution. Ceragres collaborated with the architects to find the best exterior cladding for the building that accommodates 300 buses and up to 800 STM employees.
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How to Choose the Right Window Accessories for Your House

Window treatments and accessories can really transform the way your house looks and feels. A simple curtain with the right colour and pattern, for instance, can actually make a room warmer or colder. There is no shortage of options too. Today, you can do anything with the right window treatment and accessories. Before you get started, however, here are a few important tips to keep in mind.

Stick to What You Have and Plan Ahead

It is always tempting to go with that trendy electric curtain or the latest window tint on the market, but you should never jump to a purchase decision without taking into account several factors. For starters, the existing ambience, colour, and tone of the room must be considered. The accessories you want to add to the windows should always match the existing tone nicely.
Don’t forget to plan ahead too, especially if you can’t add all the accessories you need (and want) at once. You can add a curtain now and apply window tinting later to make budgeting for the projects much easier to do. However, you need to have a clear picture of what the end results will look like from the very beginning.
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Save on Your Energy Bills: The Stylish Way

We often think saving money and staying sleek and stylish can never go hand in hand. This is actually not true. With the advancements in architecture and interior design, gorgeously styled properties and interiors are actually more affordable than ever. Even today’s trend of making a property as energy-efficient as possible can be both stylish and moneysaving at the same time. Here are some of the things you can do to get started on reducing your energy bills and increasing energy efficiency.

Better Window Treatments

You can do so much with the right window treatment. For starters, you can control the amount of light that enters a room; this is always a key component in designing and creating a comfortable yet stylish room. There is no shortage of options too. You can, for example, choose materials other than fabric. Bamboo and plastic composite blinds are quite popular these days.

Another good thing to add is double glazing. Double-glazed window panes have an air-tight, insulated layer in between two pieces of glass. This layer of vacuum makes it much cheaper to maintain the interior climate of the room. In fact, some manufacturers are beginning to introduce triple-glazed window panes to further increase the benefits.
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Flooring for the Modern Home

10181073_1416037_27903 Choosing the type of flooring to install in the various rooms of a home is one of the most important decisions that a homeowner can make. From a construction point of view, the flooring selected needs to be durable; from a design point of view, it needs to be attractive and flexible enough that it can fit seamlessly with a variety of interior design options.

In the past, flooring options for homes were usually quite limited, particularly for homeowners on a budget. Hardwood flooring and carpeting were the primary types of flooring used, with accent flooring such as tile or linoleum only used in smaller rooms and spaces. Today, the range of flooring options to choose from is impressive, including slate and natural stone; porcelain, ceramic, and mosaic tile; a wide variety of carpeting ranging from low pile to shag, and hand-woven area rugs; linoleum; vinyl flooring; cork; parquet and laminate wood flooring; and, of course, hardwood floors in a wide variety of textures, colors, and styles.

Incorporating different flooring themes and designs into a modern home

Having different types of flooring installed throughout the house helps to make each room unique, and is easy to accomplish with so much variety in flooring available. Coordinating flooring, particularly if the home’s floor-plan is open, is a good idea, and finding unique and beautiful ways to blend different types of flooring while maintaining the individual style of the various rooms is simple if a few guidelines are kept in mind.

When it comes to choosing flooring for the kitchen, durability and ease of maintenance are the primary considerations. The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home so having quality flooring that will stand up to high foot-traffic is essential. Linoleum is always a popular choice for the kitchen since it lasts well under extreme conditions, resists staining, and is easy to clean and maintain. Tile and laminate flooring are also popular options.
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Application of Photovoltaics in Glass Façades

The use of photovoltaics (PV) is not only limited to generating electricity but can, in fact, also play a major part in energy-saving strategies. With respect to daylight control, in particular, semi-transparent photovoltaics provide a wide range of façade applications.

Application of Photovoltaics in Glass Façades

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The transparency of crystalline-based solar modules is determined by the distance between each cell: the closer the cells to each other, the higher the total photovoltaic output of the panels. In the course of a research project carried out at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Germany), scientists have investigated and compared the energy efficiency of three buildings with façade-integrated PV, located in Fortaleza (North Brazil), Florianopolis (South Brazil), and Frankfurt a. Main (Germany). All façades of the three buildings contained windows with integrated semi-transparent crystalline solar cells. Since the transparency of all PV windows was only 30%, significant energy savings were achieved during the summer months due to a reduced need for cooling. At the same time, more energy had to be spent on artificial lighting inside the building. “However, we were able to counter this side effect by installing a lighting control system,” explains Evelise Didoné, one of the researchers at the KIT.
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New VELUX Modular Skylight / by Foster + Partners

New VELUX Modular Skylight

VELUX and Foster + Partners launched the new VELUX Modular Skylights during an event at 30 St Mary Axe in London on 13 September 2012. The first collaboration of its kind for both companies, the project aims to radically improve the environmental performance of every aspect of roof lights – the new frame offers levels of insulation far better than a typical aluminium profile.

The innovative VMS solution is designed to function in a wide range of building types, from offices to schools, retail spaces and hotels. The range of three skylights fulfil different requirements in terms of size, placement and functionality and the modular system is highly versatile – it can be used to create a single window or long light, or even to cover an entire atrium.
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