Step up your interiors

Paul Martin from stairparts specialist Richard Burbidge discusses how selecting the correct stairparts can add real impact to the entrance of a property. When it comes to interiors, installing a show-stopping bathroom or kitchen may be high on the list... View Article

What’s next for our air?

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, which made a huge impact on smog and air pollution levels in our cities. How will we ensure the air we breathe is clean in the future? Jennifer Quinn... View Article

High energy efficiency for high-rise flats

SenerTec’s Gary Stoddart explains the role that combined heat and power (CHP) can play in increasingly popular new build communal heating schemes. In communal heating schemes (sometimes referred to as community heating, district heating or heat networks), heat is supplied... View Article

Flooring is the foundation

Adrian Crow of Insulslab explains the theory behind delivering a foundation up to finished floor level – and how this can pay dividends from both a commercial and performance perspective. While the flooring package is traditionally treated as a separate... View Article

Free your build from the water trap

Tim Wootton of Wavin explains how compact alternatives to traditional water traps can provide the practical answers while enhancing design freedom for housebuilders in kitchens and bathrooms. The needs of modern housing developments can present a range of challenges to... View Article

Boundless possibilities

Lisa Zebiche from C. R. Laurence, suppliers of frameless shower enclosures, describes how achieving open, light spaces for showering can be achieved in a far wider range of developments. Whether the property concerned is a large country pad or a... View Article

A lofty solution to make the most of space, easily

By Martin Shave, Domestic Business Development Manager for Protan, a leading manufacturer of roofing and construction membranes. One sure thing in the housebuilding industry is that land is a finite resource. Thus, we are now seeing a prevalence in building... View Article

Industrial evolution

Offering a combination of a subtle profile, strength and thermal performance, steel-framed windows are the answer for achieving design freedom with classic industrial style in residential builds. Ellice Bateman reports. Steel framed windows have been around for many decades, but... View Article

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