Everybody’s going to UK Construction Week

Organised by Media 10, UK Construction Week will be held at the Birmingham NEC from 6 – 11 October (with the trade days from 6 – 8 October) UK Construction Week is the leading industry event for construction and building... View Article

Make sure you don’t miss the Build Show

As part of UK Construction Week, the Build Show has been established as a must see on the trade calendar with an abundance of exhibitors signed up and a raft of prestigious event partners showing their support, taking place at... View Article

It’s time to thank tools

Mick Bowler, technical manager at Purdy, comments on achieving a quality finish at speed and how the right tools can significantly help homebuilders leave a lasting impression. Doing something quickly can often be equated with doing it to a lower... View Article

Four ways mobile technology can help builders

Benjamin Dyer of Powered Now says that builders can be their own worst enemies when it comes to technology. It’s not surprising that most builders hate paperwork and don’t get on that well with technology. After all, none of us... View Article

Curbing the silent killer

Rex Taylor – technical support manager for Kidde – argues the case for carbon monoxide alarms in all homes, not just to meet regulations but also to satisfy growing public demand and reassure developers. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning causes an... View Article

Concrete brick popularity

Andy Cotton, managing director of Edenhall, Britain’s largest independent brick manufacturer, reports on why concrete facing brick is leading the way for new homes. Ever since the housebuilding recovery gathered momentum, there has been a growing market for concrete facing... View Article

Getting the fabric right through external wall insulation

Chris Hall, chief executive at The British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturer’s Association (BRUFMA), discusses the wealth of benefits of External Wall Insulation. Providing insulation for houses is one of the simplest and easiest ways to reduce our energy consumption, combat... View Article

Got the look?

How interiors can increase the value and desirability of your property. By Sarah Ritchie, creative director of The Gifted Few. There are a number of factors potential house buyers consider when looking around a property. Is it in the right area? Has it got... View Article

SIPs suitability

With an increasing drive to ensure homes are as efficient as possible – particularly where heating, cooling and ventilation is concerned – it is important to carefully consider the various housebuilding options available to ensure minimal thermal losses. Here, Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of the Structural Timber Association (STA) looks at... View Article

The steel alternative

Mike Rawlings from Saint Gobain PAM challenges housebuilders to look beyond alternative rainwater systems and consider specifying a steel system. Steel rainwater systems are quickly becoming a great alternative for all types of dwellings and offer significant benefits for social housing. The material is making... View Article

Staying informed and within the law with invasive plant legislation

David Layland, joint managing director of treatment specialist Japanese Knotweed Control (JKC) offers a timely warning to landowners and developers on the perils of ignoring the latest invasive plant legislation. A difficult and expensive burden, invasive, non-native plants have long been the scourge... View Article

Achieving the elusive zero carbon status

Michael Goddard, director of housebuilder Caplin Homes, assesses some of the challenges of the renewable technologies available to housebuilders and explores how a new application could change the future of eco building. Structural building design has improved dramatically in recent years and the... View Article

Spiral Stairway to heaven

Spiral Staircases are going through a renaissance as architects and developers alike begin to realise their worth in new builds. Complete Stairs Systems discuss the uses of this often overlooked household feature. Despite having been in existence for hundreds of... View Article

How to achieve best practice with SuDS

Alex Stephenson, group market development director at Hydro International and chair of the British Water Sustainable Water Management Group explains how housebuilders should implement SuDS. As the dash for new homes gets underway, encouraged by a majority government, housebuilders and... View Article

Staircases – steps for a stand out project

A staircase is often the first thing that visitors see when they enter a property, so making it a central feature in a home can really make a positive impact on the value of a project. Phil Chimento, general manager... View Article