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Extreme zinc: sea, zinc and sand!
    Extreme zinc: sea, zinc and sand! Punctual but intensive rainfall, sand storms, salt spray and excessive heat: the roofers who worked on the roof of The Gate shopping mall - associated with the lobby of the Al-Bustan Hotel in Doha, Qatar – were confronted with intensive climatic conditions. A challenge they met successfully, as almo

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Roofers’ safety: non-negotiable!
      Roofers’ safety: non-negotiable! Installing zinc on roofs or cladding in 2016 without risking a serious accident or death, such is the permanent daily context of roofers everywhere in the world. Our longstanding collaboration with them demonstrates that the issue of their safety is more complex to comprehend than that of the workers in our plants, whose wo

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Participative renovation: a breath of fresh air for urban planning!
      Participative renovation: a breath of fresh air for urban planning! In 2016, I will be regularly discussing eco-neighbourhoods. I decided I would start this section with a big favourite of mine: the wonderful renovation of the working class neighbourhood of Granby Street in Liverpool, England, by Assemble - a collective of (very) young English architects made up of 18 architec

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Zinc, an unexpected material for transparency
      Zinc, an unexpected material for transparency Using metal rather than glass to give transparency to the building envelope: a contradiction in terms? Architects are increasingly using metal, a dense opaque material, to create more sophisticated forms of transparency with a play on meshes, textures and wall-mounted envelopes.

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Flat roofs: a new minimalism or stylistic laziness?
      Flat roofs: a new minimalism or stylistic laziness? Flat roofs seem to be making a comeback in contemporary housing. So much so that they seem fashionable at the moment. Is there a debate here or not? I should make one thing clear from the outset: we are strong supporters of sloped roofs for technical reasons and because we know how much they contribute to archit

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Dome in China: VMZINC at the very top!
    Dome in China: VMZINC at the very top! Zinc is not frequently used in very tall buildings. In general, the roofs of tall buildings are topped with terraces that often house air conditioning and ventilation equipment, as well as lift motors. Built in 1928, the Chrysler Building in New York opened the way for spectacular roofs

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Energy efficiency is reinventing building design and use
  Energy efficiency is reinventing building design and use The first World Efficiency trade show (ex Pollutec), which was held in Paris from 13 to 15 October 2015, demonstrated that consideration of climate issues is a powerful lever for innovation in all sectors, and primarily the building sector. With the focus on low carbon, this inaugural edition at Porte de Versailles (it will be a biennial event) bro

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Zinc, a significant contributor to the circular economy
  Zinc, a significant contributor to the circular economy The principle of the circular economy can sometimes lead to a dead end: should we favour a material with a high content of recycled matter or a material with a high level of end of life recycling? This recurring question has too often led to an over-valuation of the first option to the detriment of the second. The concept of permanent material

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3D printers: breakthrough innovation for the construction industry
    3D printers: breakthrough innovation for the construction industry Who hasn't heard of 3D printers? This cutting-edge technology is set to revolutionise numerous sectors, including the construction sector. As with any groundbreaking innovation, it is difficult at this stage to gauge its scope and the impact it will have on our economic model. I first saw this typ

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The story about a highly successful change of direction
      The story about a highly successful change of direction In Barcelona, La Casa Por El Tejado - which literally means “the roof before the foundations” - is enjoying huge success. This former architecture firm which was destabilised by the 2008 economic crisis developed an innovative concept in an area that has proved ve

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