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

Steel enamel is the perfect choice for modern bathrooms

Angela Ortmann-Torbett, sales director (West Europe) for Kaldewei discusses how the quality of materials has become a key consideration when installing and specifying modern bathroom products. Whether a small ensuite or exclusive family bathroom that includes a freestanding bath and... View Article

Close the loop – gypsum to gypsum

Steve Hemmings, head of EHS & Sustainability at Siniat explains why housebuilders and suppliers need to work together and do more for sustainability. In the last decade the global economy has taken note of the dwindling supply of resources left... View Article

Engineered for comfort style and durability

Darren Beech, director of Ultra-Interior Ltd explains why housebuilders should consider Engineered Hardwood Flooring as the ideal choice of flooring material for modern developments. Housebuilders are constantly seeking products and materials that will give their development an edge adding to... View Article

Natural slate – when reputation and integrity counts

As SIGA Slate marks its 10th anniversary, Amanda Green, marketing manager, takes a look at why reputation and integrity count for everything when it comes to specifying natural slate. Natural slate is a popular choice when building new homes. As well as aesthetics... View Article

Funding SME builders is key in solving the housing shortage

With housebuilding a key feature in the general election, Hampshire Trust Bank’s Robert Grigg, managing director (Property Finance), looks at how increased finance options for small developers will help increase their growth and ability to build new properties. As we are all aware, the UK... View Article

Innovations in efficiency

Phil Brown of Pilkington UK Ltd explores how contemporary innovations in the glazing industry are helping housebuilders create high performing, cost effective homes. The government’s 2016 nearly zerocarbon target for new homes has pushed energy efficiency to the top of the agenda for housebuilders. Rising energy costs have also... View Article

Copper kerb appeal

Copper producer Aurubis discusses the wide variety of copper surfaces available for cladding today and how they can be used in conjunction with other materials to add architectural quality to housing. Copper was one of the first metals used by man and is... View Article

Smart thinking

Tennant, Marketing Director of smart homes specialists Cyberhomes, discusses the latest automation technology and features that house-buyers are increasingly looking for. Customers today are interested in a flexible, user-friendly approach to remotely control and programme devices in their homes, provided by the latest intuitive... View Article

Humid ‘hot spots’ pose health risks

Moisture is produced continuously within the home with the average family generating a staggering 20 litres of water per day. Whilst this may sound harmless, excess moisture within the home can leave occupants vulnerable to a host of health risks.... View Article

London Build 2015: the leading new construction exhibition

London Build is the leading new construction exhibition to focus on the construction boom in London and the South of England. The event will take place at London’s O2, accommodating over 200 international exhibitors and thousands of quality attendees showcasing... View Article

On the road to Zero Carbon

According to Chris Hall, chief executive at The British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturer’s Association (BRUFMA), the road to zero carbon has many hurdles, but the journey is a worthwhile one, even if it seems at times like there are a... View Article

A warm front

With mixed reports on the state of the housebuilding market and a slightly uncertain political climate surrounding the election, one area of certainty remains. The need for energy efficiency within new buildings. David Leng, CEO of Synseal explains how this... View Article