A new coatings material can reduce UV light in solar panels

An advanced solar-panel coating made of nanotechnology is a breakthrough in coatings technology.It’s the first to have a direct effect on solar-power performance and safety, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.This week’s episode of Ars Technic examines the research behind the coating.In Part 1, we looked at the design of the coating, which is […]

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When the new master protects architecture is best – a guest

by Nicholas Coates article I was recently in a position to advise on a new master protection project.The project was being undertaken by a private organisation, and they had commissioned a new glass design, using a new and very expensive glass-based material.The cost of the new material was expected to be around £4m.It was a […]

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AUSTRALIA’S COLLAPSE: How much is too much?

As the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases, Australia has long been the world leader in the construction of buildings that emit CO2.This has led to the country having a carbon footprint far more than most developed nations.But the latest figures released by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) show that, since 2010, Australia’s emissions have […]

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The Coatings Coates Design Architecture and Architecture of Sewell, England

A couple of years ago I was invited to speak at the conference of the Association of British Architects in Brighton, England, in which the conference was organised by the BBA. I was invited on a panel with the BBA’s president, Professor James Kettlewell, and the British Association of Designers (BADS). The panel was chaired by Professor Kettlewood, and it […]

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How does aluminium affect the environment?

Architectural coatings have been used to protect concrete and metal building and they’re not cheap.Photo: Supplied Architectural coating has been used on concrete in Melbourne for over 40 years.In 2018, Melbourne City Council approved a $2.4 million grant to a research institute to study the effects of aluminium on the environment.The research will be conducted […]

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Which coats of coatings are safe and which are not?

We know what you want to know about coatings.But we also know what’s in them and what they don’t.The latest coatings that might make you sick are the same ones that are used in medical devices and medical equipment, such as respirators, pacemakers, heart valves and blood pressure monitors.These are all coatings used for medical […]

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When the Swallow came and ate my coatings

A British architectural coating company is offering a free “caveman” coatings to those who wear them for their wedding day.The company, Brisbane Architecture & Coatings (BAC), says the “baked coating” will be offered at some of the city’s premier venues including the Adelaide Opera House, the Opera House South and the Opera City.“We are offering a […]

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How to Make the Best Antique Coatings

The first thing to remember about antiques is that they have been around for so long that it’s hard to find them.A lot of them are pretty good, but there are some that are pretty mediocre, and some that just don’t hold up as well as others.Fortunately, you can make the best of them.You might […]

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