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

Groundworks for domestic buildings

Dr. Bill Price, National Commercial Technical Manager, Tarmac discusses how best to handle cement in groundworks When applied to domestic construction, the term ‘groundworks’ encompasses all manner of products and structures – from ground-bearing floor slabs to trench fill, foundations and... View Article

Home appeal on tap

Boiling water taps are fast becoming ‘must have’ items which help to complete a home.  Stephen Johnson, managing director of Quooker UK, believes that choosing the right boiling tap has real advantages for the house developer In any kitchen, home... View Article

Indoor air quality – the next big issue in housing

Andy Mudie, marketing director at Nuaire, one of the leaders in the ventilation sector addresses ventilation for new build and new social housing along with repairs and maintenance After years of improvements in social housing driven by ‘affordable warmth’ and... View Article

Bespoke fireplace designs: What’s next?

Andrew Munro, MD of CVO Fire, offers his predictions and advice for 2016 fires and fireplace trends Trends The two main predicted trends in interior design for 2016 are high efficiency and bespoke fireplace designs for special developments, where a... View Article

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