The rise of the timber frame, by Kate Swinburne

Having only been established in the UK six months ago, fire and risk consultants at Olsson have quickly carved out a specialist service offering, advising clients who increasingly opt for timber frame structures. The company’s fire engineer Kate Swinburne talks about her recent experiences... View Article

Take comfort in vinyl flooring

Tom Rollo of Polyflor discusses the many economical, practical and aesthetic reasons which make a compelling case for vinyl flooring for any housebuilding project. With a vast choice of beautiful and functional designs available, vinyl flooring is becoming the preferred... View Article

The versatility of timber

Timber is fast becoming a preferred construction material across the sector. Jonathan Fellingham of Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE) discusses the versatility of timber solutions for meeting health and safety as well as sustainable building needs. There are many well-known benefits... View Article

Fire detection – are you making the grade?

Effective fire detection systems help to save lives and homes. However, with regulations constantly evolving, it’s vital that builders and contractors are fully aware of fire protection guidelines and how ensure all requirements are met. Jeremy Roberts of SONA highlights... View Article

The seven deadly sins of roofing

Robin Bush of About Roofing discusses some common mistakes made by developers when it comes to choosing and installing a roof – and how to avoid them. There are many factors to be considered when determining which roofing materials to... View Article

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