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GLASS & GLAZING 41


HAVING BEEN A HOT TOPIC FOR QUITE SOME TIME, BIM IS CLEARLY HERE TO STAY


1. An industry that attracts and retains a diverse group of multi-talented people, operating under considerably safer and healthier conditions, that has become a sector of choice for young people inspiring them into rewarding profes- sional and vocational careers.


2. A UK industry that leads the world in research and innovation, transformed by digital design, advanced materials and new technologies, fully embracing the transition to a digital economy and the rise of smart construction.


3. An industry that has become dramatically more sustainable through its efficient approach to delivering low carbon assets more quickly and at a lower cost, underpinned by strong, integrated supply chains and productive long term relationships.


4. An industry that drives and sustains growth across the entire economy by designing, manufacturing, building


and maintaining assets which deliver genuine whole life value for customers in expanding markets both at home and abroad.


5. An industry with clear leadership from a Construction Leadership Council that reflects a strong and enduring partnership between industry and Government. Construction in 2025 is no longer charac- terised, as it once was, by late delivery, cost overruns, commercial friction, late payment, accidents, unfavourable workplaces, a workforce unrepresentative


of society, or an industry slow to embrace change. It’s hard to predict how advancement in digital technology will specifically manifest itself in the construction industry. However, as BIM is Government-led and driven by technology and clear processes it’s likely that it will embrace further digital and technological developments and its use will become even more common than it is currently.


Gary Dean is managing director at OnLevel UK Safety, speed and accuracy locked in with Taper-Loc® M


inimal and versatile, glass is the material of the moment for balustrades and balconies, particularly


for buildings where an uninterrupted view is desired. While the end result unarguably has visual appeal, installation of the glass panelling can be challenging. By their nature, balustrades and balconies will be installed above ground level, often where access for scaffolding is tricky or at the very least time consuming. Wet fit balcony systems need to be held securely in place, most often with cement, to ensure a tight fit, which can be messy, particularly on retro-fit projects. Providing a fast and safe way to install glass


balustrades, CRL’s TAPER-LOC® system offers flexibility and control for accurate fitting and making replacing scratched or broken panels a simple task. Available for toughened laminated and monolithic glass between 12 and 25,52 mm and in a wide choice of finishes including satin adonised and brushed nickel, TAPER-LOC® is a dry-glazed railing system that offers a hassle- free alternative to the mess and awkwardness of working with cement. With no scaffold required, the system enables installation to be completed from the safe side of the balustrade from start to finish, which is particularly useful


Tested to meet the strictest building code requirements, TAPER-LOC® System from CRL can be completely installed from the safe side of the balustrade, eliminating the need for an expensive scaffolding and reducing labour times while being a safe option for installers.


in retrofit projects or when a broken glass panel needs to be changed as it eliminated the need for expensive scaffolding, cuts installation times and provides safety and security for installer and end user. Tested to meet the strictest building code requirements such as BS6180:2011 and AbP, the


system uses a horizontal design, which allows it to be adjusted, dismantled and re-set. The aluminium base shoe, available in 3m lengths, can be surface or fascia-mounted, and provided drilled or undrilled.


01706 863600 www.crlaurence.co.uk WWW.HBDONLINE.CO.UK


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