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Architype\'s UEA Enterprise Centre

Last chance to book for AJ Specification Live green products special


Architects from Arup Associates, Architype, Jerry Tate Architects, Barr Gazetas and BBM Sustainable Design will give their tips on green specification at the next AJ Specification Live

Forticrete roundtable

Forticrete roundtable: specifying green


The experts at this AJ/Forticrete roundtable give their top tips on how to get contractors to take your green specifications seriously

AJ/Forticrete roundtable

Forticrete roundtable: full transcript


The full transcript of the AJ/Forticrete roundtable on specifying green design


National Solar Centre to move to Eden Project


Just seven months after it initially opened the National Solar Centre has announced that it will is set to move from its current location to the Eden Project in Cornwall

240V PAR16 8.5W Non-dimmable LED Lamp

LED Lamps


External lighting can make or break a scheme. Done well, it can enhance both the landscaping and the architecture of a project


MVHR failings cause NHBC to re-write technical standards


Problems with MVHR systems which are now commonplace in many eco-homes, have caused the NHBC to introduce a new set of standards for their proper installation

Passive cooling at the 3 Trees project at Eagle Rock, California by Jeremy Levine Design

Cladding & Curtain Walling


By paying careful attention to glass specification, you will be able to reduce heat losses

Thermal collage



There are a wide range of insulation materials now available on the market, from oil-derived foam products to natural products such as hemp or sheep’s wool


Roofing and Drainage


Green and brown roof construction can also be used to promote biodiversity and create beneficial microclimates

Naturally ventilated offices in Hopkins Architects’ Brent Civic Centre (AJ 01.08.2013), the first BREEAM Outstanding building in its category and Britain’s most sustainable local authority building

Green products: Giving products the green light


With the influx of eco product certification schemes in recent years, Laura Mark takes a look at some of the morecommon and lesser-known alternatives

Spec Green Products

Digital edition: AJ Specification, August 2013 Video

Green Products: Subscribers can view this month’s AJ Specification here

Ian Macdonald

Timber frame home trials insulation combinations


An architectural technologist from Aberdeen has trialled different insulation methods for his low carbon home


Go bananas: Green Blade transforms banana trunks into veneer


Green Blade is a new veneer material made from the trunks of banana plants


National Solar Centre opens its doors in Cornwall


Yesterday, (25 April) energy minister Greg Barker opened a new centre promoting the British solar industry

Certigrade Western Red Cedar Shingles

Timber cladding


Product specification guide: advances in treatment and preservation are increasing timber’s sustainability

Saint Gobain Innovation Centre

Saint-Gobain launches UK Innovation Centre


The new innovation centre on Great Portland Street in London will showcase the company’s products

Thermafleece Hemp

Natural insulation materials


Natural insulation materials such as hemp, sheep’s wool and fl ax are becoming widely recognised for their sustainability. A growing concern for the environment, alongside a need to reduce the energy consumption of built stock, has resulted in a fl ourishing market for these materials.

CT Flora Roof

Green roofs


Many products that aim to make the construction of green roofs simpler and more efficient are now available, including pre-seeded blankets, planted modules and drainage layers

Works Interface

Interface to trial carpet tiles from recycled fishing nets


Interface and the Zoological Society of London have completed a pilot project collecting and recycling fishing nets in the Phillipines

Jupiter Ideal Eco

Underfloor heating


Underfloor heating is becoming increasingly popular, both for energy saving and comfort reasons. There are many different systems out there, alongside a variety of fixing and installation methods. Here we look at the different options available to those specifying these products.

Interface Logo

Energy force

Sustainability has gained so much momentum in recent times that architects simply cannot afford to ignore it. Ramon Arratia of Interface explores its many different facets and clarifies why we must acknowledge that achieving it is a team game


Crowd funding campaign launches for energy generating flooring


A new Kickstart campaign aims to get schools generating their own electricity through kinetic energy harvesting flooring


Product Profile: Lafarge's Thermedia0.6B structural concrete

By Angeles Hevia

Thermedia 0.6B reduces heat losses by 40 per cent and improves insulation properties by three times over conventional concrete


Product profile: Sefaira energy analysis software

By Angeles Hevia

Cloud-based Sefaira Concept offers a cost-effective approach to sutainable building design at  concept stage

Roosevelt island, Manhattan

Swedish vacuum waste system Envac withstands Sandy

By Aasiya Aslam

Installed on New York City’s Roosevelt Island in 1971, Envac remained operational throughout the hurricane

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AJ Specification, June 2015

Walls, Ceilings and Partitions: Subscribers can view this month’s AJ Specification here

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AJ Specification, May 2015

Timber: Subscribers can view this month’s AJ Specification here

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AJ Specification, April 2015

Kitchens and Bathrooms: Subscribers can view this month’s AJ Specification here


AJ Specification, March 2015

Cladding and curtain walling: Subscribers can view this month’s AJ Specification here


AJ Specification, January 2015

Insulation and fire: Subscribers can view this month’s AJ Specification here

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AJ Specification, February 2015

Roofing and drainage: Subscribers can view this month’s AJ Specification here

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AJ Specification, December 2014

Floors, stairs and lifts: Subscribers can view this month’s AJ Specification here

AJ Specification, March 2014

AJ Specification, March 2014

Cladding and curtain walling: Subscribers can view this month’s AJ Specification here

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AJ Specification, November 2014

Lighting: Subscribers can view this month’s AJ Specification here