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Foundations of efficiency

Housebuilders hunting for cost-efficient methods of constructing foundations can overlook established building materials which also offer speed and effectiveness. Cliff Fudge, technical director at H+H explains how lightweight aircrete blocks have been providing practical and financial benefits for decades. Aircrete... View Article

Get it covered

It is easy to see why the complexities of insurance can be a burden and even intimidating for many in the construction industry. Here Steve Mansour, Group CEO of construction insurance specialist CRL, gives some clarity on construction insurance for... View Article

Be smart and help owners take control

Christian Schiemann, ABB’s product marketing manager for wiring accessories says that advances in smart home technology have enabled it to be used as a key selling point to homebuyers. Home automation normally conjures up images of futuristic homes owned by... View Article

Cladding brings refreshed look to flats of the future

Danny Phelan, sales manager at Panel Systems, looks at how housebuilders are using innovative cladding materials to create modern, aesthetically pleasing multi-occupancy dwellings. There has been a great change in multioccupational living over the past four decades, with some of... View Article

Balancing airtight sealing and ventilation

Peter Thompson, General Manager of ISO-Chemie UK, gives an insight into the trade-off between airtightness and ventilation when specifying sealing products. The legal requirement to consider airtightness in building designs has been around since the 2006 changes to UK Building... View Article

Celebrating 100 years of Housing

Housing 2016 is Europe’s largest housing event. From 28-30 June, housing professionals from across the UK and beyond will converge on Manchester for three jam-packed days covering all things housing. Falling just days after the EU referendum, there’ll be a... View Article

Demystifying the myths behind working at height

Test your knowledge and make sure you know what the real threats are, says Stuart Linnitt, global engineered systems manager at Capital Safety, a 3M company. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) describes working at height as a leading cause... View Article

Material benefits

Mineral wool has long been the most popular choice amongst housebuilders, but there are other options which are as efficient in terms of both installation method and thermal performance. Bill Rumble, director of BillSave UK, which has been insulating homes... View Article

Why MVHR is perfect for new energy-efficient social housing

Modern, energy-efficient homes are sound investments – good environmental credentials, quality build, utilisation of new technologies and lower energy costs – a win-win situation for developers, landlords and tenants. When it comes to the indoor climate for a home of... View Article

Protecting lives and property from fire

Among the plethora of Building Regulation requirements that must be complied with, perhaps the most challenging for builders and developers, and certainly the most emotive, is that of fire safety. The impact of fire and smoke can be devastating, destroying... View Article

Underfloor heating: the perfect solution for any environment

For both housebuilders and end users, there are many benefits to introducing water-based underfloor heating in a property. Andy Coy, of Polypipe Underfloor Heating, explains how the advances made in water-based underfloor heating technology means that all types of property... View Article

Keep up to speed with regulations

Building Regulations guidance, which covers accessibility of buildings, as well as the standards covering lifts, lifting platforms and associated equipment, are changing. What does this mean for builders and developers, and which solutions are available to meet these requirements? Nick... View Article

Flood control – what do you need to consider?

Paul Blewett, Head of Sales & Product (Environment & Mapping) at Landmark Information Group discusses the issues surrounding flooding and how housebuilders and developers can prepare and plan for it It’s fair to say that the last six to 12... View Article

Audley Binswood Retirement Village

Audley Binswood Retirement Village is located in the heart of the Royal Leamington Spa conservation area and is a short walk from the shopping and leisure facilities of Leamington Spa, including the famous Pump Rooms. The Grade II listed Victorian... View Article

Benefits of building with SIPs

Building with timber is becoming an increasingly popular choice for developers and self-builders who need to produce a highly energy efficient building as quickly as possible. With off-site construction requiring less time on site, and therefore reduced labour costs, it... View Article

Making the right choices with balustrades

As one of the more complex and varied architectural elements, balustrade can have especially variable results in terms of site impact and carbon footprint. Peter Melia, UK business development Manager at Neaco, explains how making the right choices can deliver... View Article

At home with LEDs

LED bulbs (or “Lamps” to those in the trade) have been available for more than 10 years now. With many people having tried them with mixed results, unfortunately some early users may have some bad memories hanging around of poor... View Article

Housebuilders: windows are just windows, right?

Visit the FIT Show at The International Centre, Telford, from 12 – 14 April There are few elements of a building that are so crucial to its performance and aesthetics and which therefore, can make or break a sale. So... View Article
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