penetrate the roof in one location can optimise the amount of usable space on a roof dramatically – this is especially beneficial on high-rise buildings where solar PV panels need to be grouped to achieve effective ballast so systems can resist high winds. Then moving towards the consideration of multiple systems, specialist partners can help to produce precise calculations on efficiency and advise the optimum coverage for elements such as skylights versus solar PV panels.

By sharing knowledge, architects can remain ahead of the curve and continue to achieve innovative designs that further capitalise on space and enhance performance substantially

in relation to effectiveness and performance. This can help ease the pressure on architects and inspire confidence in decisions being made. With all parties having a ‘seat at the table,’ the margin for complication and error is reduced substantially. The key to designing innovative roof spaces is thoughtfully planning out and creating systems that maximise performance potential. Approaching design holistically can pay dividends, even from the basics of considering the shading on a roof space and how this can impact solar PV or skylighting. Even strategically designing HVAC systems or SVPs to

New ‘dual-faced’ Burwell Gault brick

Imperial Bricks has launched a second brick with its new ‘dual-faced’ finish: the Weathered Burwell Gault. A hard-textured, handmade brick with some golden buff shades and some greys, it’s traditionally seen in Cambridge, Suffolk, and other Southern counties. Imperial’s new brick is already in high demand. “While every face of a standard brick can be used to create a brickwork pattern or bond, they usually have the same texture and finish,” adds Jason Hughes, Managing Director of Imperial Bricks. “So, if you want to use a smoother or ‘facing’ brick as well as a more weathered option from the same blend, you have to order two different product lines – a ‘standard’ and a ‘weathered’, for example. Our dual-faced bricks give you both options, so builders and developers only have to order one product line, while merchants require less stock. CE marked and fully frost resistant to F2 rating, the new Weathered Burwell Gault is available in traditional 68mm imperial, as a perfect alternative to hard-to-source genuine reclaims, or standard metric sizing for new builds.

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The Box, located at FarGo Village in Coventry, has undergone several phases of regeneration to create the perfect performing arts venue with Norbord’s SterlingOSB Zero at its core. BPN Architects specified SterlingOSB Zero for the project as it would give the venue character while principally

containing noise and offering a strong surface for objects or artwork to be attached to. BPN Architects, the design team and contractor agreed that Norbord’s SterlingOSB Zero was a dynamic solution which enabled them to create a special performing arts place. Sto products provide the ideal solution Photo: Hufton + Crow, Hertfordshire

StoVentec boards with a StoColor metallic paint finish have been used in the design of a unique new building which has revitalized part of London’s industrial heritage. Sto supplied the adjustable mounting grid, StoVentec R carrier boards, Stolit K render and a StoColor metallic paint finish for

the external soffits of the Coal Drops Yard project in King’s Cross. Heatherwick Studio worked closely with Sto, who provided a variety of different samples with varying grain finishes and metallic colours. Sto’s knowledge and expertise were central to being able to identify the perfect solution and successfully translate the architect’s design into reality.

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Capitalising on expertise The benefits of including specialist roof trades in initial design conversations can be remarkable. By sharing knowledge, architects can remain ahead of the curve and continue to achieve innovative designs that further capitalise on space and enhance performance substantially. Roof spaces hold more value than ever before, and by consulting roof trades and working collaboratively on designs, architects can streamline processes and continue to bolster designs that challenge industry norms.

David Hulme is technical director at Square 4 Services



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