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KBB at May Design Series 2015

Returning to London for its third edition in 2015, the May Design Series showcases 500 of the best international and British brands across five sectors: Furniture, KBB, Lighting, Decor and DX, a pavilion focused upon the use of new technologies... View Article

Home defence force: effective flood defence measures explained

Housebuilders and developers can keep the planning authorities happy and homeowners reassured by adopting simple, cost effective mitigation measures to both new builds or as ‘retrofits’ to existing properties, explains Frank Kelly, the founder of UK Flood Barriers After experiencing... View Article

Creating protection against climate change

Something affecting everyone is climate change, the resulting increased rainfall and subsequent flooding.  The Pitt Review into the summer 2007 floods found that more than two thirds of the 57,000 homes affected were flooded by surface water runoff, not overflowing... View Article

How to ensure fire door compliance

When it comes to fitting a fire door, it is important to ensure it provides the highest levels of protection and meets fire door regulations. To guarantee this, there are a number of factors that need to be considered including... View Article

Accessing disabled needs

By Robin Tuffley, marketing manager at Clos-o-Mat, supplier of toilet solutions for disabled and elderly people By 2030, one in three people in the UK will be aged over 55. Already, some 11 million people are registered disabled, and the... View Article

Social standards

Design standards for affordable housing in London often clash with what has been approved during planning. To avoid costly redesigns, Simon Hansard of Ashby Design says planners and developers must consider these standards at the very outset of a project... View Article

Modular solutions give every storey a perfect finish

Pressured build schedules and a greater focus on sustainability have led to demand for ready-made, environmentally friendly balconies which take the headache out of design, specification and construction. Peter Melia, UK business development manager at Neaco, explains With multi-storey buildings... View Article

Sustainable water management

Derek Hunt, a founder-member of the UK Rainwater Management Association and managing director of member-company Rainharvesting Systems, explains how developments can effectively manage issues surrounding water Standards under review Housebuilders and housing developers are currently in a state of limbo,... View Article

Planning for the future of electric vehicles

Nathan Black at Rolec EV, one of Europe’s leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of EV charging points and accessories, reminds the UK housebuilding industry of the benefits of catering for drivers of electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles, after... View Article

Lighting the way to energy savings

What does the future hold for lighting? According to recent changes to the Code for Sustainable homes, new dwellings must now adhere to strict new regulations regarding lighting in order to meet government targets to reduce damaging CO² emissions. Lighting... View Article

Saniflo talks cubicles

Ann Boardman, marketing and customer services manager at Saniflo UK, talks about how cubicles can really help make the lives of housebuilders – and their customers’ – easier We all want bathroom fittings to be stylish, original, modern and attractive.... View Article

Benefits of the new lightweight roofing trend

John Cunningham at Metrotile UK explains how lightweight roof tiling is beginning to become mainstream Lightweight steel roofing is nothing new – it has been used on commercial premises, leisure and educational facilities and for social housing for many years.... View Article

Paving the way for zero carbon construction

By Mark Stevenson, managing director of Kingspan Timber Solutions Wood may be the oldest building material known to man but it is now viewed as one of the most sustainable – being championed as the optimum solution in paving the... View Article

All change for SuDS

In an about turn, the government has announced an alternative approach to implementing SuDS using the planning system amidst a growing realisation that it can deliver far more than just drainage as a fundamental part of development design – as... View Article

Steps towards accessible and adaptable housing

With an increasing older population, it is crucial that housebuilders and developers make housing adaptable to meet older residents’ needs in the initial stages of a build. These needs may arise as a result of reduced mobility, debilitating illnesses and... View Article

Keeping a healthy level of airflow in new homes

As new homes are required to be ever more energy efficient, Paul Croughan, national key account manager for EnviroVent, looks at how innovation is helping housebuilders to achieve the right balance between air tightness and adequate ventilation It is almost... View Article
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