Placement Matters

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
23
Aug

When a rooflight is added to a space, the user will no doubt gain light and, if the rooflight is openable, ventilation. But how much light will they actually get? Adding a rooflight shouldn't just be about the aforementioned, it...

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The Benefit of Experience – Roof Window Considerations

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
14
Jun

There are more roof window manufacturers than ever in the UK today. Below are some of the key considerations you should be thinking about when specifying a roof window. U-Values Manufacturers must be able to declare a whole unit (Uw)...

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Re-use not recycling

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

There's a really interesting piece on the AJ's Footprint blog covering a workshop on demolition and recycling. So many calculations about embodied energy make assumptions about what will happen to materials at the end of a building's life, that it is fascinating...

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Chocolate and trees – fairtrade and certification

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I always like reading about food, and an article in The Guardian this morning with photos of chocolate and coffee was irresistible. This however was a discussion of fair trade, or rather Fairtrade, and the fact that many specialist food...

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Why wouldn’t you build as well as design?

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

There has been quite a lot of discussion in the press about AECOM's decision to become a contractor as well as a consultant. Much of it centres around how the giant organisation will fare, and whether it will discourage other...

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Living in a bubble

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I was recently in Den Bosch in the Netherlands. The reason for the visit was to see the Hieronymous Bosch exhibition, celebrating 500 years since his death (fantastic exhibition but I can't recommend that you go because it is completely...

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Megalomania and madness – and I don’t mean Trump

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I ended up in West Wycombe on two successive weekends, almost by accident especially the first time. It is next to High Wycombe which is respectable and rather dull, albeit the jumping off point for the Timber Research and Development...

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The light of the church

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

This weekend I discovered that my local church, St Luke’s in Battersea, not only gives some stellar concerts – international renowned pianist Mitsuko Uchida played on Saturday – but it is something of a pioneer in the world of lighting....

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Ruth Slavid on Daylight

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

  February can be a depressing month. We can no longer remember summer, and although spring is quite near it rarely feels that way. Often we get some of the worst weather of the year, and there are few treats...

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History on our streets

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

On Friday evening I went on a guided walk through the Borough and London Bridge area just south of the Thames. Because it was VE Day, the walk centred on the effects of conflicts - largely but not entirely of...

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Products? You’re having a laugh

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

How many tedious descriptions of new products and product applications have you read or tried to read in magazines or on websites? Too many, I suspect. I have certainly written too many during my career. The problem is that the...

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When the Romans lost their marbles

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

You don't often hear much about architecture on the religious news programme on Radio 4 on a Sunday, but this morning was an exception. The programme was discussing a forthcoming exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford at which a...

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Let’s table a change

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

If you were looking for inspiration for a new dining table, you could do worse than go to 100% Design, the interiors show in Earls Court that is looking sprucer and more 'designy' than in years. You would probably not...

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…in the detail

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Last month I went to a school reunion at my old school in north London. While we oohed and aahed at the indoor swimming pool and the drama block (and noted how much money schools can attract when they become...

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A timber building I’d love to visit

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Next week the site visits for the shortlisted buildings in the Wood Awards begin. It will be, I am sure, as every year, fascinating, enlightening and occasionally disappointing. We won't however be visiting this building: Not because it didn't make...

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Remote museum design

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

How many museums are built every year? And how many more do we need? And just how excited do we get about them? It is easy to get blase, but I was really thrilled when I read that museums specialist...

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Menage a trois

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

A lot of the films on BBC iPlayer are pretty dull or just go round and round - there is a limit to how many times one can watch Wallace and Gromit, however charming they may be. A lot of...

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Inspiring architecture for Everyman in Liverpool

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I had a fascinating day in Liverpool on Saturday, looking at the construction site for the new Everyman Theatre and having a whistlestop tour of the city, after visiting a photography project to use pictures of local people on the...

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Trees in the sky

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

It was really interesting to see Ellis Woodman's review of the Bosco Verticale (vertical wood) in Milan, published in the latest AJ. It was really interesting to see Ellis Woodman's review of the Bosco Verticale (vertical wood) in Milan, published...

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Is print really dying for architecture?

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

Yesterday morning I was judging the digital categories for the IBP awards, run by the organisation that exists for journalists and communicators in the built environment. Yesterday morning I was judging the digital categories for the IBP awards, run by...

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All change

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I doubt if many who voted in the EU referendum were thinking about Building Regulations, or even about the EU Drinking Water Directive or the prospects for UK architects in the EU (although it was interesting how many of those...

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And all shall have prizes

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

We are well into awards season. On Tuesday the Wood Awards were presented, for which I was a judge. Top prize (the Arnold Laver Gold Award) went to Maggie's at the Robert Parfett Building, a successful attempt by Foster to...

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Ruth Slavid on Renewables – Feed in Tariffs

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

The government has got itself into a real mess with the Feed in Tariff, cutting the payments so rapidly that it has been challenged in the courts, as some companies threaten to pull out of PV supply altogether.  But we...

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Architecture in the swim

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

This week seems to have been all about swimming. On Tuesday evening the promoters of the Thames Baths project, led by architect Studio Octopi, held an event at the Royal Academy to celebrate the fact that they were halfway through...

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On socks and software

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Posted by The Rooflight Company
19
May

I found a hole in the toe of my sock today. Which doesn't, I admit, seem to have much to do with construction, except that these were special socks - they were SketchUp socks I found a hole in the...

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