Written by David Spooner.
We've been asked lots of questions by architects about how to achieve these kinds of finishes, so we decided to share the answers to the questions architects most need to know in order to specify products with these in-demand finishes. If you have any questions that we haven't answered here, please let us know in the comments below!
What does it stand for?
PVD stands for Physical Vapour Deposition.
Written by Owen Mclean.
Accessible WC rooms are designed to make toileting as easy as possible for those with physical disabilities; yet many (or most!) ‘Accessible’ public toilets comply with neither Part M of the Building Regulations nor British Standard BS 8300-2009. Far too many are difficult to use and can even pose a serious threat to the safety of the user.
As we know, washrooms have a significant part to play in reducing the spread of germs in any public environment, particularly when it comes to hand washing. Research from BioCote has shown the sink as the worst culprit for levels of contamination with more than 50,000 Colony-Forming Units (CFUs) present on or around the basin at any one time. Because of their streamlined and easy to clean shape, troughs help reduce the number of spaces where germs can be harboured, improving hygiene in the washroom. Troughs are a rapidly growing trend in washhroom design, offering a more modern, stylish alternative to the standard sink.
We’re pleased to announce that we will be taking part in Clerkenwell Design Week (23rd to 25th May).
Clerkenwell Design Week is a renowned showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies, presented in a series of showroom events and installations. Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it one of the most important design hubs in the world!
At Dolphin Solutions, we understand the importance of the facilities management (FM) industry and the role it plays in enabling positive experiences in the workplace. Facilities Managers are often described as the unsung heroes of the built environment as they ensure the safe running of a business, dedicated to maintaining the efficiency and usability of our workplaces.
As we know, ensuring a clean and tidy workplace is vital to any business. The organisation and hygiene levels of a business directly affect its efficiency, productivity and morale of employees. Research from Jeffrey Campbell, PhD chair of FM programmes at Brigham Young University, reported that 88% of employees say that productivity, concentration and learning is hampered in dirty and dull workplaces.
Today, 17th of May, World FM Day celebrates the global facilities management (FM) community, looking at how facilities teams enable positive experiences around the globe.
To celebrate, we’ve looked at some of the ways we think facilities teams are unsung heroes and why they are the key to a successful business.
Tomorrow, the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) World Day for Safety and Health at Work is taking place. This year’s theme focuses on optimising the collection and use of occupational safety and health (OSH) data. The ILO celebrates the World Day for Safety and Health at Work to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally.
On the 22nd March, the UN’s World Water Day is taking place, and will continue to focus on the importance of giving people the right to have access to freshwater. This year’s theme will pose the question; ‘Why waste water?” and will look at the relationship between water and wastewater in the search to improve water quality and look at treating and reusing wastewater.
Globally, over 80% of wastewater generated by society, flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. Yet, 900million people still do not have access to safe water with over 663 million people live without a safe supply of water close to home.
For the 1.2 Billion people living in areas of water scarcity, where sanitation is poor and infrastructure is inadequate, a good option is to consider water waste as a solution rather than a problem.
The Cleaning Show
As the cleaning sector goes from strength to strength, we are looking forward to exhibiting at the Cleaning Show at London’s ExCeL on 14th - 16th March.
Playing host to hundreds of companies operating within the cleaning sector, the event is a perfect opportunity to see the latest trends and new industry developments.
As we make our way into 2017, many architecture practices and industry analysts are looking to the future and sharing their thoughts on the next generation of buildings and infrastructure.
Sustainability is a key theme, which is becoming apparent as firms unveil their visions. Take the ‘smog eating’ skyscraper for example . This is a vision by materials science company, Arconic, which takes us 45 years into the future, to a place where buildings are covered in a self-cleaning material that actually eats smog. This isn’t just the subject of dreams though; the materials used in this vision are either in development or have already been brought to market, making this a very real possibility.