Building the cast iron case for plastic rainwater systems

When it comes to the specification of building products, striking the right balance between cost effectiveness and aesthetic appeal has never been easy. In plumbing and drainage systems, cast-iron has been an integral element of the architectural landscape for over... View Article

Learn and live

Neil Perdell, national technical manager at Aico Ltd., looks at why specifying a quality smoke alarm isn’t enough to meet your Duty of Care. When it comes to domestic fire safety, alarm installation training is essential If you work in... View Article

Passive position

‘Passivhaus’ is a standard for insulating buildings to such high levels that energy bills fall to a fraction of their normal cost. A development in North London is among trailblazers for this technique in the social sector. Mark Smulian reports.... View Article

Part L compliance: the practical approach to fabric first

Stephen Smith, market development manager at Knauf Insulation, discusses the recent Part L changes in England and Wales and how developers can easily comply with a flexible recipe approach The amended Part L of the Building Regulations has finally come... View Article

Making a difference to safety on-site

Managing director of Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE), Jonathan Fellingham discusses the safety implications of working with trussed rafters Timber roof trusses are large, heavy and require work at height. It’s safe to say that if guidelines are not adhered to,... View Article

Digging deep for value

To create more space in a tight plot of land, the once-popular basement could be the solution, as Delta Membrane Systems’ Director Brian Davison explains If there is a single criticism that makes a regular appearance when talking about new... View Article

Flooring for the discerning housebuilder

Peter Kelsey, managing director of one of the UK’s largest flooring contractors Designer Contracts, looks at current flooring trends and why both housebuilders and buyers have never had so much choice As one of the UK’s most sensitive economic indicators,... View Article

CLT – the optimum medium rise solution

Greg Cooper, engineering manager for the X-LAM Alliance highlights the benefits of using cross laminated timber as a core structural component for residential applications: CLT is now extensively used across the commercial and education construction sectors and the benefits have been... View Article

Natural slate – quality reigns supreme

Stuart Base, head of marketing at SIG Roofing, explains why natural slate remains in a league of its own in comparison to other roof coverings: When it comes to gracing the roofs of new homes, there’s a bewildering choice of... View Article

What makes a ‘wow’ kitchen?

Graham Hopper, UK sales director of Leicht introduces current trends in kitchen design All homes have a heart and almost always the kitchen is that heart. Designing an exceptional kitchen that will sell the home takes time, skill and attention... View Article

Protect yourself and your employees on-site

Gary Trotter, general manager at security solutions company Hadrian Technology, offers advice on how housebuilders and developers can cut back on annual losses caused by fraud, abuse, misconduct, vandalism, theft and waste on-site. CCTV systems can be used to help... View Article

Barking’s new model housing

The UK’s first wholly private-financed council housing scheme, in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, has been designed to exploit the latest off-site manufacturing techniques. Stephen Cousins reports With cash-strapped councils across the UK struggling to deliver enough social... View Article

Maximising daylight in design

It is clear that there is an opportunity for architects and specifiers to make much better use of daylight in buildings throughout the design process. Indeed daylight should play as central a role in the design as technical installations. However,... View Article

Working with water

Glyn Hyett, managing director of 3P Technik UK Ltd and director and founding member of the UK Rainwater Harvesting Association, addresses the issues surrounding the implementation of rainwater harvesting and sustainable drainage systems Water design stakeholders There are a number... View Article

Roman House with 21st century technology

Richard Hayward, lead marketing manager for Legrand’s range of building automation systems, discusses the use of smart home technology at Berkeley Homes’ prestigious Roman House scheme. For the bespoke home and the penthouse apartment, intelligent control systems have become ubiquitous.... View Article

Growing concerns

With increased demand for grass paving to driveways, access roads and parking for both commercial and domestic applications, there are certain aspects of both ground conditions and utilisation that building specifiers and installers should consider. By Robert Howden, managing director... View Article

Glass trends

Rebecca Clayton, technical sales executive at IQ Glass looks at the changing trends in glazing, due largely to constant innovations in technology. As in all elements of design, trends change over time. This is therefore true of architectural glazing. Various things throughout all... View Article