Natural wood flooring – a solid investment

Jeandre du Toit, sales director of London flooring specialists ‘Ecora’ outlines the key points to consider when selecting natural wood floors. In the UK wood floors are an essential element in any good quality construction or renovation project. Combining practicality... View Article

Securing homes for the future

The introduction of new government guidance on the security of properties on 1 October 2015, through changes to part Q building requirements, has meant that the security of doors and windows is more important than ever. Neil Ginger, CEO of... View Article

Managing water in a wetter world

Michael White, business development director of Alumasc Water Management Solutions, says climate change, increased urbanisation and more extreme weather is causing problems for our built environment. Incorporating high capacity steel rainwater systems into our buildings is an effective and affordable... View Article

Permitted development rights to be made permanent

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will make it easier to turn underused office buildings into new homes. The move is designed to provide thousands of new homes, and make the best use of existing... View Article

Could modular roofing be the solution to the housing crisis?

The housing crisis is something that has been discussed extensively in the media over the last few years and the ambitious target of 200,000 houses per annum means that we will need to employ new methods of construction if we hope to make any headway in the... View Article

Smoke and fire protection

Protection from smoke and fire is a key responsibility for housebuilders and installers to ensure the correct fire safety measures are in place. Lack of consideration to essential aspects of fire safety could not only result in fatalities or property... View Article

Electric heating – the future has arrived

Richard Brown, managing director of Electrorad, considers the advances in electric radiators over the years, and explains why they are fast becoming a number one choice with housebuilders and developers. As energy efficiency remains a critical factor when designing a... View Article

The role of security in social housing

Vivienne Taylor, specifications manager for Yale Door and Window Solutions, considers social attitudes surrounding mixed-tenure housing, and the impact that has on security design and decision-making. For most housebuilders and developers, involvement with social housing has traditionally occurred through two... View Article

Kitchen appliances can sell homes

Tim Spann, brand manager at Teka UK, explains why the clever use of kitchen appliances is so important to today’s homebuyers. The kitchen has evolved – what used to be a place of function where you simply cooked, ate, cleaned... View Article

Specifying timber for your project’s exterior

Nick Taylor of Silva Timber Products Ltd discusses the versatile nature of wood, and how to choose the perfect species of timber for your project’s exterior. Wood is natures most versatile and unique material. The fact that it has been... View Article

Hot water storage systems – the devil is in the detail

Trevor Cross, specification sales director at Kingspan Environmental says, as a result of the latest efficiency legislation, the devil is in the detail when it comes to comparing the quality and performance of unvented hot water cylinders. Hot water storage... View Article

Greenbuild Expo returns to Manchester Central

Greenbuild Expo returns to Manchester Central in November – running alongside a new event – Buildings & Energy Efficiency (BEE), which has been launched to offer built environment professionals access to all the latest products and solutions to create buildings... View Article

Don’t miss Homes 2015

Taking place at London Olympia, 18 – 19 November, Homes is the UK’s only dedicated national trade event for asset management, repairs and maintenance, retrofit and sustainability. The Homes Event will take place at London’s Olympia on 18-19 November 2015.... View Article

Warming to gas fire installations

With stylish design and a host of flexible installation opportunities, gas fires are an increasingly popular choice for even the highest of specifications. Matt Kisler, from luxury gas fire specialists Faber, considers the advantages provided by bespoke installations when installing... View Article