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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

BECYCLE is the first Boutique Fitness Studio in Berlin, Europe’s clubbing capital, to offer “high energy” spinning classes with hi-tech bikes and a nightclub atmosphere featuring music from live DJs.

Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

Eray Carbajo wins Honorable Mention award in National Competition for Izmir Transportation Integration Hub

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Category: Building Materials

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Metal Log Siding

When you do not live in an area with HOA restrictions, you have more freedom to make your house your own. That means you do not have to go with the traditional vinyl siding or bricks. Instead, you can consider something more newer and more unique, like steel log siding. This kind of siding will give you the look of a log cabin, without the necessary maintenance of a traditional log cabin. Look at the infographic below to learn more about metal log siding!

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Commonly Overlooked Considerations for New Buildings

Starting from scratch can be scary. There are an immense amount of construction choices to make, including materials, dimensions, colors, textures, timelines, and more. In the face of all these options, many people are tempted into making the mistake of relying on old, traditional building plans. Don’t limit yourself! Take a look at these commonly overlooked materials for new buildings that can dramatically improve the overall quality of construction, providing you with long-term benefits you will see for decades to come.
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6 Paving Tips to Keep Your Asphalt Driveway Looking Great

Many homeowners are choosing asphalt paving to finish their driveway because it provides a durable and clean surface for their vehicles. Asphalt also evokes a subtle kind of beauty that can easily blend well with different exterior finishes like siding, brick and stucco.

But what kind of maintenance is crucial to keep your asphalt driveway looking great every year? Experts share the following six tips.
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Best Materials to Utilise in Home Building for 2018

2018 is here and you’re looking at building your home – either from scratch or you’re just adding to your current home. But what are the best materials to use and why?

You’ll find out about the best materials to build a conservatory, a family room extension and an entirely new home. From roofing to soft-play, to shipping containers – yes, you did read that right.

Time to find out what the heck these three have in common, so get reading and enjoy.

Conservatory

Conservatories are a lovely feature to add to your home, but on a more money-orientated side of things, they also add a lot of value to a house when selling. Although this may not be on your mind, for now, it’s always pleasant to know that an investment into an extension could end up making you profit in the future – should you decide to sell up.

A great roofing material for conservatories is thick plastic sheeting. You can purchase plastic cut to size from Simply Plastics, where you’ll also learn the strengths of their plastic and their weather resistance. Hence, one of the reasons it’s so great for your conservatory roof.
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Architectural Trends for 2018

With the first month of 2018 already almost past us, the changes in the architecture industry are beginning to be felt.

Advancing technologies and materials are all set to totally overhaul the manner in which we design spaces and build them. This list of trends are the likeliest ways in which this industry is going to be transforming, and includes those that may finally be on the brink of being accepted by the mainstream.
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Making Concrete More Environmentally Friendly

From highways to skyscrapers, concrete seems to be ubiquitous, which is why turning it into a more environmentally-friendly material could provoke a significant impact on the world. The question is, how can this be accomplished in the long term? Take a look at the varying options and perspectives.
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Why Hardwood Floors are on Walls and Ceilings

Architects and designers love the beauty and versatility of acrylic-infused hardwood flooring. You’ll find this kind of hardwood flooring in the most unlikely places—as cladding on the walls and floors of high-profile projects like Courtyard Marriott, a trendy hotel in South Carolina, and the cheerful Dandelion Café in Irvine, CA.

You’ll find hardwood flooring as an accent wall behind the reception areas of businesses that understand the importance of making a lasting first impression. Boutique hotels create a stunning canopy effect over a bed by cladding behind and above the bed.

Acrylic-infused hardwoods by Nydree Flooring can create an amazing look in commercial spaces. The combination of their hardness (300% harder than regular hardwoods) and their thinness makes this engineered hardwood the perfect choice for wall and ceiling accents.

Independent studies show that the acrylic infused finish on this hardwood flooring outperforms all other wood when in comes to scratch and wear resistances. On floors, acrylic infused hardwoods are strong enough to be beveled or mitered to help achieve the special effect you desire.

The helpful infographic below from Nydree Flooring illustrates the “5 Things You Need to Consider When Selecting Commercial Flooring for High-Traffic Areas.” Learn why engineered hardwood flooring is a solid investment that will pay you dividends for years to come.

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Ways Bog Mats Help Protect the Environment

A bog mat is an underrated item that is both necessary and vital for protecting the environment during outdoor work. Bog mats are made from different materials that work to protect the ground from ruts caused by heavy machinery or other vehicles, among other things. They also preserve the delicate balance of the soil and natural areas and prevent any damage from occurring. Just like JWA ground protection mats claim, bog mats, in general, keep cultural sites and environmentally sensitive sites safe from damage, erosion, and more. Here are four things that bog mats do for the environment.
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