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Due to be published during the summer, a new report from The Concrete Centre, 'High Performance Schools: Using Concrete Frames and Cladding', outlines how concrete's free benefits of thermal efficiency, fire resistance, sound insulation, minimum vibration and robust finish facilitate cost-effective school building construction and use. In addition to fast construction programmes, concrete facilitates future exibility and adaptability. Basing school layouts on columns with no beams, using the at soffit of an in-situ concrete slab provides totally exible design solutions particularly for future services changes. And with classroom sizes a key issue, concrete crosswall solutions allow exibility in joining classrooms. Both normal and post-tensioned concrete slabs can easily accommodate holes for new services. The report will be available free from The Concrete Centre, tel: 0700 4 500 500, or download from the publications library at www. concretecentre. com

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