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Clearing the air

Air conditioning equipment is, like most technologies, advancing in leaps and bounds, with ever-greater functionality and performance. Andy Slater of LG explains how increasing ease of installation and use is being paired with environmental progress. Domestic air conditioning is still... View Article

Bath’s newest quarter wins design award

Bath Riverside, Crest Nicholson’s high profile development designed by architect Alison Brooks has won the Sunday Times Best House Design Award. Set in the historic city’s newest residential quarter, the development will encompass around 2,000 homes when finished. This includes... View Article

Tackling staircase challenges

Nick Bligh of JELD-WEN discusses how involving manufacturers at the early planning stages of a project can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth delivery of a structurally sound staircase. Stairs can be viewed as a complicated element of... View Article

Traditional style meets modern standards

Tony Wereszczynski of Marley Alutec explains how to achieve the right balance in rainwater and eaves specification when dealing with heritage-style properties. Heritage-style buildings can pose challenges for developers, especially when they are tasked with finding the balance between traditional... View Article

Ignoring heat network metering is an expensive mistake

Cost-cutting on heat metering at the installation stage can be a false economy, but there are ways to avoid the pitfalls, as Anthony Coates-Smith of Insite Energy explains. When housebuilders and developers strive to minimise initial construction costs, they can... View Article

Making an entrance

Patrick Dean of Door-Stop explores the wealth of safe and secure options available to housebuilders looking to make the right entrance. When it comes to specifying a front door for a property, it can seem there is no end of... View Article

A solution to the productivity problem

Sharing knowledge across the supply chain and driving innovation is vital to boost the construction industry’s productivity and meet the UK’s housing needs, says Neil Ash of Siniat UK. The construction industry is suffering from a productivity crisis. Only last... View Article

The rise of the timber frame, by Kate Swinburne

Having only been established in the UK six months ago, fire and risk consultants at Olsson have quickly carved out a specialist service offering, advising clients who increasingly opt for timber frame structures. The company’s fire engineer Kate Swinburne talks about her recent experiences... View Article

Take comfort in vinyl flooring

Tom Rollo of Polyflor discusses the many economical, practical and aesthetic reasons which make a compelling case for vinyl flooring for any housebuilding project. With a vast choice of beautiful and functional designs available, vinyl flooring is becoming the preferred... View Article

The versatility of timber

Timber is fast becoming a preferred construction material across the sector. Jonathan Fellingham of Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE) discusses the versatility of timber solutions for meeting health and safety as well as sustainable building needs. There are many well-known benefits... View Article

Fire detection – are you making the grade?

Effective fire detection systems help to save lives and homes. However, with regulations constantly evolving, it’s vital that builders and contractors are fully aware of fire protection guidelines and how ensure all requirements are met. Jeremy Roberts of SONA highlights... View Article

The seven deadly sins of roofing

Robin Bush of About Roofing discusses some common mistakes made by developers when it comes to choosing and installing a roof – and how to avoid them. There are many factors to be considered when determining which roofing materials to... View Article

Turn down the heat on energy bills

As energy costs remain a hot topic of conversation, Pegler Yorkshire’s Sindar Singh explains the benefits of introducing Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) in properties to reduce energy consumption, increase comfort and save on cost. Energy costs are once again the... View Article

Tile trends – the forecast for 2017

David Richards of British Ceramic Tile looks at the incoming interior design trends which are leading homeowners to choose tiles for a range of bathroom styles. The bathroom has enjoyed a transformation over recent years. Once just a practical room,... View Article

The case for UFH – laid out for developers

Installing water based underfloor heating (UFH) in a property provides many benefits to both housebuilders and homeowners, but many of these benefits are not widely understood. Andy Coy of Polypipe Underfloor Heating dispels some of the myths surrounding UFH. Many... View Article

A smarter approach to value

Martyn West of Altro explains why pursuing cheap flooring options in environments for social housing could prove to be a false economy, on the basis of safety, durability, cleaning and maintenance costs. Flooring is vulnerable to wear and tear and... View Article

The heart of the home

The kitchen is arguably one of the biggest selling points of a house. Lianne Butterfield of Richmond Kitchens explains how to achieve a durable and on-budget kitchen which can still provide a stunning, on-trend space for buyers. Generally, the aim... View Article

Septic tanks: not as simple as they seem

Dave Vincent of Kingspan Klargester warns that septic tank installations carry legal risks if done incorrectly. The question of how to deal with wastewater from a homeowners bathroom and WC is one that all builders should consider very seriously –... View Article

Opening up to bi-folding doors

Steve Bromberg of Express Bi-folding Doors describes the considerations to bear in mind when factoring bi-folding or sliding doors into property plans. Bi-folding doors and expansive areas of glazing are now very much ‘en vogue.’ Open-plan living, light, space and... View Article
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