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

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