Residential safety updated

The latest issue of ‘Residential Safety Update’ – looking in-depth at topical issues surrounding fire and carbon monoxide safety in housing – has just been published by Kidde Fyrnetics, the world’s largest smoke, heat and CO alarm manufacturer. Intended for... View Article

Turn over a new leaf from Hunter

Rainwater systems blocked with leaves and other debris could be a thing of the past, thanks to Hunter’s new Outlet Leaf Guard, the latest addition to its unrivaled range of PVC-U rainwater products. It is a doddle to install and... View Article

New home registrations continue to move upwards

According to NHBC (National House Building Council) new home registrations in the UK in the third quarter of 2013 revealed a 19% increase compared to the same period last year. In total 33,573 new homes were registered between July and... View Article

Floating staircases in Central London

CANAL Architectural create a grand entrance for a Central London penthouse with two floating cantilever staircases leading the way to stunning views. With a brief to produce high end, contemporary access for the multi-storey penthouse, CANAL used their knowledge and... View Article

Getting best value from your LED manufacturer

The lighting market is moving fast and pressure is increasing to ditch traditional fluorescents and make the switch to energy-efficient lighting such as LEDs. With building lighting representing 15 to 19 per cent of total global energy consumption, it clearly... View Article

Landmark eco housing scheme approved for Brighton seafront

One of Britain’s biggest zero carbon schemes, PortZED, has been given planning permission by Brighton councillors despite fierce opposition from local residents. Residents claimed that building on such a high profile site on the seafront would destroy their sea views... View Article

HI-MACS® sparkles with Karim Rashid colours

Five vibrant new colours from the solid surface HI-MACS® creators LG Hausys will be fully available from the start of 2014. Strong tones and a distinctive glittering effect like a distant galaxy are the unique hallmarks of the new colours,... View Article

New industry partnership prolongs lifetime of luxury floorings

UK flooring manufacturer Amtico has appointed Beaver Floorcare as approved aftercare specialist for both its commercial and residential installations. The aim of the new collaboration is to maximise the longevity of Amtico’s product range. The announcement comes following an 18... View Article

Housebuilders’ use of sustainable materials at risk, warns BWF

An alarming development in housebuilding policy could put the use of more environmentally sustainable materials such as timber at risk, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has warned. The BWF has written to the Building Regulations Minister, Stephen Williams, expressing grave... View Article

Venting the extension where it joins?

There is commonly a requirement to provide roof ventilation when extending a property. Where a flat roof extension is added to an existing building, provision is required at the attachment point (the roof/wall intersection) with corresponding ventilation opposite on the... View Article

BBA launches competent person scheme for solid wall installers

The BBA has launched a competent person self-certification scheme for the installation of solid wall insulation. Recognised by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the scheme covers the installation of internal, external and hybrid insulation systems and is... View Article

House building continues to fuel construction growth

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show steady growth for the construction industry with output rising 4.1 per cent over the year to Q3 2013. Much of the growth continues to be fuelled by house building – private house... View Article