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Making fires work

Despite being increasingly popular among homeowners, fireplaces are still seen as a challenge by many housebuilders in new builds. Tim Pockett of stovax examines the practical options. With the popularity of woodburning and solid fuel heating growing in recent years,... View Article

Sustainable drainage savings

Trade body Interpave explains how concrete block permeable paving is helping developers meet the latest regulatory requirements for sustainable drainage (SuDS), while cutting costs and minimising land-take. It’s been almost two years since the Government chose to abandon dedicated requirements... View Article

Embedding accessibility

As the population ages and the number of people living with disabilities increases, it is crucial that developers incorporate accessibility into properties now to prepare for the future. The kitchen, says Stuart Reynolds of AKW, is the ideal place to... View Article

Hot knowledge

Toby Howard-Willis of JG Speedfit explores some of the key considerations surrounding smart heating controls and how they vary between retrofit and new build projects. As Government and the wider housebuilding industry work towards greater energy efficiency in housing, there... View Article

A glass act

Baltimore Wharf, a landmark development in London’s Docklands, required balustrades that were stylish as well as affordable. Housebuilder & Developer reports on the successful results. Glass balconies, once the prerogative of high-end hotels, have become a popular choice for developers. Around... View Article

Pre-prepared to address the housing crisis

Robert Clark of Fusion Building Systems explains the benefits of offsite manufacturing, explaining how time-saving but high-performance SIPs could help ease the UK’s housing shortage The UK is suffering from a lack of housing, with even the Government citing a... View Article

It’s what’s inside that counts

Most doors purchased in the UK are for the interior of a property. JB Kind’s Simon Johnson reveals how specifiers can now match doors precisely to properties and capture that all-important interior appeal. When fitting out homes, there are of... View Article

Seeing the world in 3D

In 2016 the Government made it mandatory for all public sector construction work to be designed in BIM Level 2. However what are the advantages of building information modelling for housebuilders? Graham Hewitt of Raised Floor Solutions reports The industry... View Article

Capturing savings

With parts of the UK now technically qualifying as deserts, rainwater harvesting has become a serious consideration among the Government and consumers alike. Gary Wheatley of Wilo UK explains the options. In recent years, many areas in the UK have... View Article

Exploring new avenues for 2017

The annual conference and exhibition will turn the ExCel centre into an “immersive city” packed with the latest innovations for the built environment. Ecobuild returns in March with a focus on regeneration and a complete overhaul of the floor plan... View Article

Housing White Paper: the industry responds

With the announcement of the Housing White Paper came an expected flood of comments and criticism from across the industry. However while some offered only a qualified welcome, the industry appears to have reacted favourably in general. Common themes included... View Article

A smarter future

HBD’s Jack Wooler takes a look at the current trends in lighting the UK’s homes, from smarter controls to the good-looking efficiency increasingly being delivered by LED. Technology is advancing at a faster pace than ever, and nowhere more than... View Article

A solid case for timber

Nick Milestone of the Structural Timber Association and B & K Structures sheds some light on the whys, wherefores and appropriate residential applications for structural timber technology. We have an outstanding inheritance of timber architecture. Until now, the greatest period... View Article

Guaranteed results

Mark Parsons of Russell Roof Tiles explains how, in the light of challenges posed to NHBC guarantees by roofing, a pick and mix approach to specification isn’t always the best option. With more and more new homes being built, it is... View Article

Distinctly different

Simon Gregory of Proteus Facades looks at how lightweight rainscreen facades are helping create developments where people aspire to live. Facades are always the most visible element of a building and because of that they receive more than their fair... View Article

Going off-grid, sustainably

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) can help new developments not only meet SAP ratings, but also offer a sustainable alternative to other off-grid fuel choices. Ian Digby of Calor Gas explains how. Developers building off the mains gas grid not only... View Article

Safe as houses?

Stephen Wise of Knauf Insulation explains why housebuilders should be taking a closer look at the true fire performance of the insulation materials they specify. When it comes to choosing an insulation material, it shouldn’t just be a box-ticking exercise.... View Article

All the range

A quality range cooker can provide the deciding factor for a purchase on luxury development, but making the investment can be daunting. Mark Blewitt of ESSE offers guidance to make the task a little easier. The first stage in choosing... View Article

Putting efficiency at the core

In recent years, the devastation caused by flooding has completely changed the perception of drainage – from mere building materials to being an integral part of UK housebuilding. Terry Hill of JDP explains. The challenge for housebuilders and developers in... View Article
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