Groundworks for domestic buildings

Dr. Bill Price, National Commercial Technical Manager, Tarmac discusses how best to handle cement in groundworks When applied to domestic construction, the term ‘groundworks’ encompasses all manner of products and structures – from ground-bearing floor slabs to trench fill, foundations and... View Article

Home appeal on tap

Boiling water taps are fast becoming ‘must have’ items which help to complete a home.  Stephen Johnson, managing director of Quooker UK, believes that choosing the right boiling tap has real advantages for the house developer In any kitchen, home... View Article

Indoor air quality – the next big issue in housing

Andy Mudie, marketing director at Nuaire, one of the leaders in the ventilation sector addresses ventilation for new build and new social housing along with repairs and maintenance After years of improvements in social housing driven by ‘affordable warmth’ and... View Article

Bespoke fireplace designs: What’s next?

Andrew Munro, MD of CVO Fire, offers his predictions and advice for 2016 fires and fireplace trends Trends The two main predicted trends in interior design for 2016 are high efficiency and bespoke fireplace designs for special developments, where a... View Article

Natural wood flooring – a solid investment

Jeandre du Toit, sales director of London flooring specialists ‘Ecora’ outlines the key points to consider when selecting natural wood floors. In the UK wood floors are an essential element in any good quality construction or renovation project. Combining practicality... View Article

Securing homes for the future

The introduction of new government guidance on the security of properties on 1 October 2015, through changes to part Q building requirements, has meant that the security of doors and windows is more important than ever. Neil Ginger, CEO of... View Article

Managing water in a wetter world

Michael White, business development director of Alumasc Water Management Solutions, says climate change, increased urbanisation and more extreme weather is causing problems for our built environment. Incorporating high capacity steel rainwater systems into our buildings is an effective and affordable... View Article

Permitted development rights to be made permanent

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will make it easier to turn underused office buildings into new homes. The move is designed to provide thousands of new homes, and make the best use of existing... View Article

Could modular roofing be the solution to the housing crisis?

The housing crisis is something that has been discussed extensively in the media over the last few years and the ambitious target of 200,000 houses per annum means that we will need to employ new methods of construction if we hope to make any headway in the... View Article

Smoke and fire protection

Protection from smoke and fire is a key responsibility for housebuilders and installers to ensure the correct fire safety measures are in place. Lack of consideration to essential aspects of fire safety could not only result in fatalities or property... View Article

Electric heating – the future has arrived

Richard Brown, managing director of Electrorad, considers the advances in electric radiators over the years, and explains why they are fast becoming a number one choice with housebuilders and developers. As energy efficiency remains a critical factor when designing a... View Article

The role of security in social housing

Vivienne Taylor, specifications manager for Yale Door and Window Solutions, considers social attitudes surrounding mixed-tenure housing, and the impact that has on security design and decision-making. For most housebuilders and developers, involvement with social housing has traditionally occurred through two... View Article

Kitchen appliances can sell homes

Tim Spann, brand manager at Teka UK, explains why the clever use of kitchen appliances is so important to today’s homebuyers. The kitchen has evolved – what used to be a place of function where you simply cooked, ate, cleaned... View Article

Specifying timber for your project’s exterior

Nick Taylor of Silva Timber Products Ltd discusses the versatile nature of wood, and how to choose the perfect species of timber for your project’s exterior. Wood is natures most versatile and unique material. The fact that it has been... View Article

Hot water storage systems – the devil is in the detail

Trevor Cross, specification sales director at Kingspan Environmental says, as a result of the latest efficiency legislation, the devil is in the detail when it comes to comparing the quality and performance of unvented hot water cylinders. Hot water storage... View Article