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

The pros of aluminium guttering

Martyn Reed, the technical director of ARP Ltd in Leicester, is keen to discuss the benefits that aluminium can offer as a rainwater and roofline solution With the government looking to deliver a strategy of building affordable housing, improving the... View Article

Feature: The Future of Visualisation

London’s population has hit 8 million, the tube carries millions of passengers a day and the city wants to double house building, aiming to construct 42,000 homes every year for the next 20 years to address the housing crisis. This makes... View Article

Timber cladding secrets explained

Timber cladding has boomed in recent years. However, as early installations now mature it’s time to reflect on what has and hasn’t worked. Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber reflects on the ways to ensure cladding installed today looks good and... View Article

Repairs, refurbishment and water ingress by the sea

Stuart Hicks, from cold liquid-applied wet-on-wet waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, discusses the problems caused by a failed waterproofing system at a luxury residential development near Brighton and outlines the project undertaken to replace it You only need to see a... View Article

Improve the build quality with glue-less flooring

Between 50-75 per cent of traditional vinyl installations in new housing developments require remedial work, which is costly to housebuilders and tiresome for home owners. However remedial work can be dramatically reduced if housebuilders opt for loose-lay rather than glued... View Article

Talking tiles

Martin Currell, Sales Director at Domus Residential, discusses the benefits of using tiles in a bathroom, the options available and the trends for 2016 There are numerous benefits with tiles: they are modern, easy to clean and compatible with underfloor... View Article