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Sustainable developments

The materials featured below describe both developments in new sustainable technologies and ways of developing buildings in line with best practice sustainability principles. 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.
How to Specify Sustainable, Innovative Drinking Water Systems
Seminar, by Aqua Libra Co
Practical guidance on innovative drinking water designs that positively affect sustainability, wellbeing and the circular economy. Includes advice on: how to reduce/eliminate single-use plastic; how to reduce energy consumption, water miles, and clients’ carbon footprint; how instant dispense water systems can contribute towards sustainability accreditations; the differences between water filtration and water purification and their impact on water safety and taste; how COVID has resulted in technological advancements; and finally (and most importantly), how to specify the correct solution for any given situation, including space and services requirements.

Aqua Libra’s mission is to reduce single-use plastic and support the principles of a circular economy. Aqua Libra claims that its own patented systems are 50% more efficient than others. Its products are designed and manufactured to offer sustainable hydration solutions and to minimise human impact on the environment. Offering the best taste and unrivalled performance, Aqua Libra systems use purified water in the boiler, which increases water quality, eliminates limescale and cuts faults and breakdowns by 90%. Boiling, chilled, sparkling or ambient, Aqua Libra drinking water is pure, clean and refreshing.
Sustainable Ceramic Facades with Ventilated Facade Systems
Seminar, by ROYAL MOSA
A guide to specifying ventilated façade systems and ceramic cladding, covering: acade water penetration, ventilated façade systems construction, fixing methods and technical features, and the the advantages of ceramic façade cladding, including its sustainability credentials.

Mosa has a passion for ceramics. For over 135 years, it has manufactured tiles using a combination of the purest materials and innovative Dutch design. Mosa was among the first ceramic tile companies in the world to gain cradle-to-cradle gold certification for almost its entire tile collection. Widely recognised, the cradle-to-cradle label contributes positively towards Dutch and international green building credentials such as BREEAM, LEED, DGNB, and HQE. By embracing the cradle-to-cradle philosophy, and being committed to offering the best support, Mosa helps clients around the globe create signature buildings that last. Mosa tiles enrich the walls, floors, façades and terraces of private, commercial and public interiors and exteriors, in over 50 countries across four continents.
Sustainable Design
Article, by Zip Water
As the damage to our planet becomes clearer, sustainability needs to be at the forefront of future architectural and interior design. Sadly, sustainability and high-end design don’t always go hand in hand, resulting in fewer sustainable solutions being specified. This article discusses thoughtful, sustainable design, with a focus on drinking water.

Zip Water creates some of the world's most advanced drinking water solutions. As a market leader, it offers the very latest technology and cutting-edge innovation. With workplace hygiene an obvious and major consideration its range of touch-free drinking water solutions includes mains-fed dispensers (ideal for reception and office areas), countertop and on-wall boiling models. Zip also offers a selection of hot water solutions for different applications. All Zip high-performing product ranges are designed with longevity in mind, using only the highest quality, most robust products, tested to rigorous manufacturing standards.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Sustainable Drainage Systems: Pervious Pavements
Seminar, by CEMEX UK
Looks at design options for specifying sustainable drainage systems, including: the types of systems available; relevant design guidance documentation and where to look for detailed and specific design guidance; and, how to identify which system best suits local drainage conditions.

With over 100 years’ experience and over 60,000 employees in more than 50 countries, CEMEX is one of the world’s leading suppliers of building materials. In the UK, it is a leading supplier of ready-mixed concrete, mortar, screed, aggregates, asphalt and cement. It has a significant share of the roof tile and concrete block markets, and is the leading supplier of concrete sleepers to the rail industry. It also offers surfacing solutions.

Duration: 30 minutes, plus Q&A
Sustainable Surface Materials: A guide to new innovations in tile production and material composition
Explores how the tiling industry is doing more to become more sustainable, and how different tiling materials are playing a role in this, focusing on recycling as well as recycled content, and including some tips on what to ask when specifying tiles for a more sustainable outcome.

For decades now, Parkside has been a trusted tile source to the UK contract market. Parkside helps specify contemporary porcelain, ceramic and natural stone tiles for every type of project. Its philosophy is that each new brief deserves a thoughtful, bespoke response, because every client is unique and every job different