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

The greener way to add warmth

In addition to adding a warm heart to a home, a woodburner can also add eco-credentials. Ariana Hardison-Moschopoulou of Stovax explains how to pick the stove or fire that works best for your development. Researching and understanding heating choices is... View Article

A trail of smoke

With a greater awareness of the dangers of fire on site, the updating of legislation and several high-profile incidents, Paul Henson of Ramtech Electronics predicts that this year will be seen as a turning point in the construction industry’s approach... View Article

The long-term solution

John McAuliffe discusses the necessity of BIM when working on brownfield land, and explains why such technologies are crucial to the success of the UK construction industry. Brownfield land is fundamental to addressing the UK’s housing crisis due to its... View Article

A bridge too far

Andrew Orriss of SIG360 discusses how thermal bridging has impacted the thermal performance of some new build homes and how the industry has been working to mitigate that risk. Andrew Orriss of SIG360 discusses how thermal bridging has impacted the... View Article

Bills are down on the farm

Owners of holiday cottages in Yorkshire are benefitting from lucrative RHI payments for a new renewable heating installation. HBD reports. Steve Holtby and Elaine Robinson have purchased multiple ground source heat pump units over the years to provide heating and... View Article

Managing the condensation risk: solid walls

As the Government strives to improve energy efficiency in the UK housing stock, existing methods of predicting condensation do not resolve problems with upgrading solid walls. HBD reports on a new software solution. The current housing stock in the UK... View Article

Cementing our past and future

From the ancient world to the present day, Kim Barton of IMS Consulting (Europe) explains why concrete is the most commonly used material in construction, and how it can be made more sustainable in future. Cementing materials have been used... View Article

Waking up to the benefits of SIPs

Chris Duckworth of SIP Build UK discusses the slowly rising trends of using SIPs and off-site construction, and ponders why it’s taking the industry so long to adopt this effective method. It’s not that long ago that the recession left... View Article

Safe, secure and sustainable

Paul Garlick of Mobilane looks at the challenge of installing boundaries that satisfy safety and security requirements, as well as being eco-friendly. In an ideal world perhaps we wouldn’t need walls and fences. People (and animals) would simply appreciate where... View Article

Choose high efficiency insulation, naturally

Duncan Voice from Insulation Superstore looks at the reasons why construction specifiers are increasingly investing in the benefits of eco insulation products. Green building is not only a wise choice for future environmental sustainability; it is also an essential choice.... View Article

Smart looks, smart operation

The ‘wow’ factor can be achieved in new homes combined with cost-effective smart lighting and audio control to provide the best of both worlds for developers. One company is realising the benefits in several new schemes. Smart controls and home... View Article

A classic blend of old and new

As real cast iron can be expensive and time consuming to work with, Hayley Lowry of Brett Martin Plumbing and Drainage explains how an efficient and economical alternative is fast becoming a key requirement for housebuilders. When it comes to... View Article

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