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  • The benefits of engineered oak flooring
    Round Wood of Mayfield
    Round Wood explains why engineered oak boards represent the best option for homeowners looking to replace a floor. If you are looking to replace a floor in your property, whether in isolation or as part of an overall renovation, it is well worth researching the numerous options thoroughly, particularly if you plan to stay put for some time...
    Article, 04 August 2017
  • How the right office carpet can make all the difference
    Heckmondwike FB
    The third edition of the “What Workers Want” survey, a joint publication from the British Council for Offices (BCO) and Savills, found that neglecting office design can have a negative effect on employer’s well-being and performance. A total of 25% of employees surveyed would be willing to commute an extra 30 minutes to work in the perfect office...
    Article, 29 August 2017
  • Array – a sound decision by Heckmondwike
    Heckmondwike FB
    Jeremy Broadhead, Commercial Manager at Heckmondwike FB, looks at why carpet is being widely specified for its acoustic properties. “Managing noise in a building continues to present a challenge for designers, which is why there is specific legislation covering different building types and uses. Schools should be designed in accordance with...
    Article, 29 August 2017
  • Biofilm removal by shear velocity
    Horne Engineering
    Horne Engineering has always been a strong advocate of periodic high velocity system flushing to remove biofilm from the internal pipe surfaces of domestic water systems – in particular in large buildings such as hospitals and schools. However, after reading Biofilms: when are bacteria really dead? in the May 2014 issue of Clinical Services...
    Article, 21 July 2014
  • Scandinavian style and commercial interiors
    Heckmondwike FB
    As is universally known, Scandinavian style focuses on simplicity and minimalism. Frills and unnecessary accessories are seen as a distraction. Bright colours do not feature widely....
    Article, 29 August 2017
  • How to combine indoor and outdoor entrance matting
    Construction Specialties
    British Standard BS 7953 recommends that entrance matting be a minimum of 2.1 metres in the traffic direction, to remove as much dirt and moisture from foot and wheeled traffic as possible. Whilst industry experts suggest that 6 metres (or 8 to 10 foot falls) is optimal. Either way, it isn't always possible to achieve this inside every building...
    Article, 21 May 2014
  • The evolution of deep soaking tubs
    Design & Form
    Year by year, deep soaking tubs have been rising in popularity. A surge of recent product launches reflects increasing interest on the part of designers and manufacturers but the concept is anything but new. Many features of modern soaking tubs can be traced back to the classic Japanese 'ofuro' and, more recently, to innovations that began in the early 1990s...
    Article, 22 September 2017
  • Why sensor taps are good for healthcare environments
    EcoProd Technique
    There’s been a lot of discussion over the last few years about the pros and cons of sensor taps in the context of healthcare environments such as hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and veterinary practices. After four babies tragically died as a result of a pseudomonas outbreak in a Belfast hospital in 2012 an independent report concluded that the use the use of sensor taps was partly to blame...
    Article, 17 May 2017
  • Interior designers, not interior decorators
    Society of British & International Design (SBID)
    Vanessa Brady is an International Interior Designer and Business Design Consultant, with over twenty- five years' experience in B2B procurement and post analysis of the design profession. She built a multi-award-winning fit-out company from scratch and is Founder and President of the Society of British Interior Design. Her overall aim is for the...
    Article, 08 September 2014
  • Hydrotherapy: history, principles and why it works
    Design & Form
    Hydrotherapy has a long tradition. Historical records support the medical profession’s belief in the therapeutic value of water to relax, support, restore and mend. The Romans understood the effect of water, steam and massage in their public bath houses, and various other forms of Hydrotherapy arose independently in cultures ranging from the Far...
    Article, 22 September 2017
  • Environmental impact: electric hand dryers/paper towels
    EcoProd Technique
    EcoProd Technique discusses the environmental impact of electric hand dryers versus paper towels. The environmental impact of paper towels There are two main aspects of the environmental impact of paper towels that need to be considered. Firstly, the impact associated with the manufacturing of the towels and secondly how the towels are disposed...
    Article, 16 May 2017
  • Pendulum testing and Ramp testing explained
    Karndean Designflooring
    Karndean Designflooring is a leading supplier of commercial flooring, and here explains the slip testing standards that designers must bear in mind when specifying flooring in public areas – Pendulum testing and Ramp testing. In 2009, seven million people were absent from work because of slips and trips and according to the Health and Safety...
    Article, 01 November 2013
  • Designing interiors with vinyl flooring
    Forbo Flooring Systems
    From the spills and tumbles of a nursery through to the large scale thoroughfares in a modern university, there is a common need for attractive, functional products. Forbo Flooring's Eternal range provides the balance between performance and aesthetics to satisfy such a diverse range of needs. Education Bright, stimulating colours contribute to...
    Article, 05 March 2013
  • A guide to abrasion resistance in contract fabrics
    Camira Fabrics
    This guidance is part of Camira Fabrics' CPD brochure, which can be obtained when specifiers attend the company's CPD presentation 'A guide to specifying contract fabrics'. The abrasion performance of fabrics is established by the Martindale test, which simulates wear and tear. The test fabric is rubbed against a worsted suiting fabric and the...
    Article, 10 June 2013
  • Accessible bathroom design to support independent living
    Twyford Bathrooms
    Kevin O’ Donnell, from Twyford Bathrooms, considers options for inclusive bathrooms to balance DDA requirements with the need for a relaxing, aesthetically pleasing space in the home: As a nation, we are facing the stark reality of government figures that show 10.8 million adults and 800,000 children in the UK are classed as disabled, with 6.5...
    Article, 26 September 2014