Lifetime costs

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    What it costs: Flooring

    2010-03-26T00:00:00Z

    Level access showers can improve quality of life for disabled users. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance looks at the design options and lifecycle costs for retrofitting them into existing floors

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    What it costs: Tiled cladding

    2010-01-29T00:00:00Z

    Tiles, shingles and slate can provide traditional and thermally efficient covering for external walls. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance considers the options

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    What it costs: Tensile fabric

    2009-10-02T00:00:00Z

    Fabric roofs are becoming the topping of choice for everything from bike sheds to concert venues. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance looks through the available options

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    What it costs: Commercial biomass

    2009-07-17T00:00:00Z

    Biomass heating systems may cost a lot to install, but they’ll pay off in no time – assuming you choose the right system and the right fuel. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance assesses the options

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    What it costs: curtain wall glazing

    2009-07-03T00:00:00Z

    Curtain wall glazing can do many things: control temperature and light levels, and even clean itself. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance looks through the available options

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    What it costs: Suspended ceilings

    2009-06-19T00:00:00Z

    The many choices when specifying a suspended ceiling for a hospital are made more difficult by the regulations on cleaning and acoustics. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance takes a look

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    What it costs: Heat pumps

    2009-04-09T00:00:00Z

    They are amazingly efficient, but setting up a ground source heat pump may be tricky if you haven’t considered all the factors. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance gives us the lowdown

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    What it costs: Synthetic resin floors

    2009-01-30T00:00:00Z

    These hardwearing floors come in a baffling array of types, but fear not: Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans is here to simplify matters

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    What it costs: Pervious paving

    2008-12-05T00:00:00Z

    Sustainable urban drainage systems are a must for school and hospital developments. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans gives the whole-life costs of one solution

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    What it costs: Insulated renders

    2008-11-07T00:00:00Z

    Insulated render systems save energy and look good. Peter Mayer of Building LifePlans sums up the variety of choices and highlights some topical issues and lifecycle costs