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Kebony delivers bespoke seating with Freshwest Design and Goose Foot



Freshwest Design and Goose Foot have unveiled bespoke seating on the promenade at Colwyn Bay, part of the Colwyn Bay Waterfront Regeneration Project. A range of ten seats and benches made from Kebony have been created in unusual and eye-catching shapes.

Specifically designed to stop the public in their tracks and provoke discussion, the circular layout of the seating encourages people to continue along the promenade, up to the town centre and on to Old Colwyn, near Parc Eirias.

The Colwyn Bay Waterfront Regeneration Project has seen major investment into the town’s seafront, protecting the town and its infrastructure from exposure to the sea and predicted climate change for years to come. The project aims to attract visitors to the town, whilst ensuring the town’s commitment to operate to the highest environmental standards is maintained.

Kebony, the sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, was therefore a perfect material for the seating as it enables the designers to bring beauty to Colwyn Bay whilst maintaining sustainability in the project.

Due to the exposed location of the seats along the coastline, Freshwest Design and Goose Foot required a material with the ability to withstand harsh conditions. As such Kebony proved to be the perfect material for this project, its technology enhances the properties of non-durable wood species to give them similar characteristics to the best performing hardwoods.

Through a sustainable process softwoods are impregnated with a bio-based liquid, resulting in greatly improved durability and dimensional stability. Unlike tropical hardwoods or other treated timber products Kebony does not involve rainforest deforestation or environmentally-damaging treatment.

When exposed to wear and weathering, as this seating will be on the coast, Kebony maintains its durability and hardness, gradually developing a silver-grey patina which adds to its beauty and will be perfectly in keeping with the aesthetics of the seafront. Kebony requires no maintenance beyond normal cleaning and so is cost-efficient, a key criteria for the town of Colwyn Bay.

Graham Wood, General Manager for Goose Foot said, “This seating was designed in unusual shapes to create objects of intrigue and fascination – working with Kebony has enabled us to achieve this desired look along the promenade, with the intention of attracting visitors to Colwyn Bay for years to come.”

Adrian Pye, International Sales Director at Kebony commented, “We are thrilled that Kebony was able to contribute to the installation of innovative and through provoking seating at Colwyn Bay. The natural look and superior environmental credentials of Kebony are well suited to the exposed location that often faces extreme conditions.”

See other Kebony projects here and here.



A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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