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The following materials do not necessarily reflect our common theme but did strike us as interesting or unusual. Most seminars are now available online but this is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest to you, do click on the link and check.
Acetylated Wood: The Optimum Solution for Cladding, Decking, Windows and Doors
Seminar, by Accoya
Focuses on the features, benefits, applications, sustainability and specification of acetylated wood – a most versatile and durable building material.

Accoya long life modified wood has become the timber industry benchmark for performance and sustainability. Few other timber types offer its combination of stability, durability and versatility. It is sustainably sourced (with FSC certification) and it has minimal environmental impact throughout its entire life: from production through application to end of life.
Design, Detail and Installation
Seminar, by VELFAC Windows
A seminar about windows, specifically their design, detailing and installation, and how they interface with the different construction methods and build-ups commonly used. Discusses how build sequence can affect the design, installation and sealing methodologies used, and how manufacturers can assist from early stage guidance and support through to provision of full interface details used for successful installation.

VELFAC is the windows expert. It can provide tailored advice and consultancy at every specification stage – from initial design ideas through to post-installation support. Talk to VELFAC as soon as your project starts to take shape, and use its product knowledge and industry expertise to specify glazing that matches your budget, design vision and performance targets. VELFAC composite windows bring together the best of both worlds: the durability and versatility of aluminium and the beauty and warmth of natural wood. Wood frames contribute to greater energy performance (with U-values as low as 0.8W/m²K) while slim 54mm sightlines maximise natural light. Opening and fixed lights have the same sightlines, providing a consistent aesthetic across window units.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Historically Accurate Glazing with Modern Build Values
Seminar, by Histoglass Ltd
Explores different historic glazing types and identifies when each type was used (and to which vernacular it belongs). Having established that, the presentation then demonstrates how historic glazing can be incorporated in modern systems to achieve both the correct period look and feel and modern acoustic and thermal insulation values.

Histoglass is a market leader in the field of replacement glazing for period properties, including thin double glazing and period glass.
Established in 2007, Histoglass has exclusive UK distribution rights to a range of outstanding glazing products that are precision-engineered in Germany by a 60-year-old family firm. Histoglass also boasts a high-profile national and international client base, encompassing both private residences and nationally significant Grade I and II listed buildings.

Duration: 60-90 minutes, plus Q&A
Let There be Light Air and Access: A Specifiers Guide
Seminar, by Sunsquare Ltd
A seminar aimed at anyone responsible for specifying rooflights. Covers: the benefits of rooflights in building design, the different types of rooflight available, factors affecting the specification of rooflights (including types of glass), and relevant standards.

Sunsquare was the first BSI kitemarked designer, manufacturer and installer of skylights and rooflights in the UK. With nearly 15 years as a market leader, the Sunsquare team is ready to supply an extensive range of standard and bespoke rooflights guaranteed to enhance any property, whether residential or commercial.
Managing Daylight – Using automated solar shading to improve building efficiency, wellbeing and productivity
Seminar, by Somfy Ltd
An introduction to the automation and control of solar shading (such as blinds) and how it can contribute to a daylight management strategy in all types of commercial building. Discusses how automation captures the positive benefits of daylight and manages its negative impacts, such as glare and overheating. Also explores how occupant wellbeing and productivity can benefit and how shading can work with other building services to contribute to a building's energy efficiency.

Somfy’s activities are based on the automatic control of openings and closures in buildings. The company is constantly innovating for greater comfort and security while contributing to energy savings.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Window Selection: A Specifier's Guide
Addresses how to assess aluminium window systems in terms of material, function and performance in relation to specific project requirements. Includes guidance on: the advantages of aluminium windows and doors; how to specify the correct window system for your project, including finishes, glass and ironmongery; relevant window and door security standards; glass specification and its impact on security, thermal performance, solar control and acoustics; the ‘cradle to grave’ lifecycle of aluminium; and, performance values and standards required for modern buildings.

Metal Technology is a leading UK and Ireland architectural aluminium systems company, specialising in innovative design. Its fenestration systems offer architects, fabricators and developers glazing solutions for modern window, door, curtain walling and sloping roof constructions.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A