Take the time out of tea

Boiling water taps have grown rapidly in popularity over the past decade; from being viewed as an unnecessary luxury they are now increasingly a household essential for many homeowners. Quooker UK & Ireland’s Stephen Johnson looks at how changing lifestyles... View Article

Showering sustainably

Darren Washbrook of Mira Showers says water-efficient smart showers are key to helping customers pursue ethical consumerism, and explains the options Water scarcity is an increasingly concerning issue. Once seen as a challenge primarily faced by other countries, water scarcity... View Article

Show Preview – London Build calling

15 – 16 NOVEMBER OLYMPIA, LONDON The wait is nearly over for the UK’s leading and award-winning construction show, London Build, to open doors to its most exciting edition yet.  London Build has been put together to be the ultimate... View Article

Show Preview – The homes front

22 – 23 NOVEMBER EXCEL, LONDON In 2023, the UK’s housing providers face increased obligations to simultaneously address a range of issues: improve housing standards and tackle disrepair, empower tenants, meet net zero targets, address building safety, and increase housing... View Article

The shortcut to an increase in pressure

Many homes across the UK suffer from low water pressure, yet many consumers don’t realise they have an issue, or have simply become accustomed to it. David Williamson of Wilo UK discusses the techniques and tools available to boost water... View Article

Optimise layouts for woodburner efficiency

When it comes to specifying woodburning stoves, the ‘eco-equation’ doesn’t stop at the appliance’s efficiency rating, says Calvin May of HETAS. He explains how the layout of a room itself can be a game-changer, and delves into how to pair... View Article

Project Report – A natural remedy

Chaucer Mews, a linear scheme of high quality new homes in the in-demand village of Attenborough, near Nottingham, has removed a blot on the landscape next to a popular local nature reserve. James Parker speaks to Cameron Homes about what... View Article

Event Preview – The best of brick

8 NOVEMBER ROYAL LANCASTER HOTEL, LONDON This Brick Awards 2023 is placing a major focus on sustainability. The awards, which are organised by the Brick Development Association (BDA) and will be held in London’s West End on 8 November, celebrate... View Article

To the new Part L – and beyond!

LISTEN HERE New updates to the Building Regulations go some way to cutting emissions – but construction firms have the chance to go further, argues Nicola Harrison of Bereco July 2023 was recently confirmed as the hottest month on record... View Article

Triple vs vacuum glazing

The Future Buildings Standard means vacuum glass is being considered as an alternative to triple glazing – George Barnsdale’s Tom Wright looks at the options. The Future Buildings Standard is looming over the horizon in 2025 and is likely to... View Article

Quintain’s Wembley hat trick

Repton Gardens, the latest residential phase of Wembley Park, the expansive Build to Rent-led project developed by Quintain and operated by Quintain Living, offers three contemporary apartment blocks linked by landscape to satisfy a range of customer needs. James Parker... View Article

Supporting role

Masonry is an increasingly popular cladding choice for high rise buildings. However, the selection and co-ordination of the masonry support system and cavity fire barriers is critical for the facade to perform effectively in a fire, as Ben Williams of... View Article

A question for the minister…

Patrick Mooney, housing consultant and news editor of Housing, Management & Maintenance magazine asks the ‘64 thousand dollar question,’ after hearing the Housing Minister’s conference speech, namely where will the  UK’s much needed new housing come from? During the recent... View Article

Construction’s call to action in Birmingham

Innovative, inspirational and progressive, UK Construction Week (UKCW) Birmingham returns for its ninth year this autumn, with a ‘call to action’ for the sector to set its own agenda rather than wait for the Government to respond.  The UK’s largest... View Article

Second staircase; second chance

Stuart Bosley of Quantum and DeSimone Consulting Engineering looks at navigating the challenges of the new ‘second staircase’ regulations The Government’s recent ruling on second staircases has caused significant disruption for both developers and the housebuilding industry. Despite the resulting... View Article

How to futureproof homes’ heating

LISTEN HERE Darren Trivett of OMNIE and the Ridgspear Group counters the tabloid headlines and considers the key factors developers should address when specifying underfloor heating systems for energy efficiency on their projects.  It is unlikely you will get through... View Article

Is housing going downhill fast?

LISTEN HERE Brian Berry, CEO of the FMB looks at the prognosis for SMEs in a sector in crisis, and how its new guide could help All the data, including our own at the FMB, seems to be suggesting the... View Article