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Constructing efficiency from above by Armstrong Ceiling Solutions

Ian Clarke, Commercial Technical Manager, Armstrong Ceiling Solutions, discusses how ceilings can help accommodate the six million people estimated to be living in cities by 2050.

It’s predicted there will be nine billion people worldwide by 2050, with two out of every three living in cities by the same date. For those tasked with designing and building our cities, the challenges of such accelerated growth quickly add up.

But what can be done today to help counter the increased building demand of tomorrow? Simply put, a drive towards greater construction efficiency.

Start how you mean to go on

While the outside of a building goes a long way to define architectural appeal, it’s the interior space that creates comfort and usability. When focusing on lighting and acoustic quality, ceiling materials need to be of a high quality. Involving ceiling manufacturers at the beginning of the design and specification stage is critical. In doing so, a more collaborative, transparent working environment is established for all parties to openly ask or challenge existing conventions. The result is that key concerns are raised earlier, leading to less rework down the line.

On call

In an instant world, everyone expects to be able to get what they want with a single tap, click or call. The ceiling industry is no different. Armstrong Ceiling Solutions provide everything from industry-leading products and expert support right through to training. For example, in the UK 90 per cent of Armstrong products are available next day, while a 24-hour call-to-site service is also available. This approach aids efficiency by simplifying supply chains and in turn minimising exposure to unforeseen delays.

Working the right way

Increasingly, contractors are being asked to take on greater responsibility and become jacks of all construction trades. This is leading to increased levels of superficial knowledge and a move to hiring generalists over specialists.

Armstrong Ceiling Solutions’ mission is to maintain specialisation and in-depth knowledge in contractors’ skillsets, combining comprehensive training at the renowned Armstrong Installation School, technical support from ceiling specialists and the Omega Contractor programme of Armstrong recognised specialist ceiling installers. As a result, contractors are able to draw on both their experience and comprehensive, targeted expertise in order to deliver best practice in terms of cost and construction efficiencies.

BIM

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is set to play an ever more prominent role in terms of delivering ceiling construction efficiency. The benefits of BIM are manifold, not least in terms of improving collaboration and enhancing decision-making. It also greatly reduces rework and eliminates costly duplication of drawings, freeing up talent and capital to be used elsewhere. The industry should embrace future-facing technologies and techniques to look proactively at methods that will construct the future efficiently for all.

Building efficiency into products

To complement Armstrong’s world-leading range of tiles, the firm has developed a range of highly engineered products including grids and canopy kits which simplify installation and maintenance, helping minimise time on site and accelerating project completion.

Moreover, around 60 per cent of all materials used in creating and maintaining the built environment end up in landfill. Products that can be recycled and re-used add value to construction as well as the planet. Among Armstrong Ceiling Solution’s range are a number of products certified as ‘Cradle to Cradle’ (C2C), which are responsibly manufactured and re-usable.

www.armstrongceilingsolutions.co.uk

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