New age bathrooms

Martin Walker of Methven UK considers the role played by technology and design in the creation of usable bathrooms for the country’s ageing population. Thanks to better healthcare and advancements in technology, the UK’s population is living longer. While this... View Article

Plastic: not just a pipe dream

Richard Eddy of Polypipe offers advice on the best way to specify and use plastic-based systems on brownfield development sites. This year, the housing crisis has been high on the news agenda, following the release of the Government’s highly anticipated... View Article

Tapping into the market

Chris Tranter of Bristan explains how focusing on homeowners’ needs when it comes to bathroom products can help towards a house purchase. A new home isn’t just a financial investment for consumers – it can be a huge emotional attachment... View Article

Fast recovery

Martin Passingham of Daikin UK explores how a 960 mm parapet wall nearly ruined air conditioning plans for a listed five-storey house in Hyde Park, London. Balancing comfort requirements against the practical and logistical realities of installing an air conditioning... View Article

Set in stone, on a budget

Chilstone Architectural Stonework dispels the myth that incorporating stonework into a development is a costly and time-consuming process. Replacing damaged or crumbling stonework can be tricky, and adding stonework details to a property can prove costly. Not only do you... View Article

Smarten up

As smart home systems enter the mainstream, Dean Reddy of ABB advises housebuilders what to look for when considering smart building technology. Home automation is growing rapidly in popularity. A recent study by management consultancy McKinsey found that the global... View Article

The true cost of poor quality

Graham Copson of Klober explains the reasons behind the introduction of a new British Standard for the increasingly popular method of dry fixing. Following widespread problems associated with use of mortar on roofs, publication of a new NHBC Technical Standard... View Article

De-Mystifying condensation

Will Goodenough of Whitesales discusses the various causes of glass condensation and misting in properties, to help developers avoid the issues. Both misted glass and condensation are far from uncommon problems. They have plagued homes,buildings and glazings of all sorts... View Article

Lending a hand

With UK builders failing to keep up with demand, Mark Holden of Go Develop offers his view on how financiers can help SMEs reach Government targets. Regardless of snap elections and Brexit, there’s a bigger underlying issue at the heart... View Article

Safe as houses

With security remaining high on a homeowner’s list of priorities, and with the threat of burglary ever-present, Martin Smith of takes a look at the different options available. Modern home security measures are an increasingly indispensable feature for all... View Article

Tackling the impact of thermal bridging

With the drive towards improved energy efficiency, thermal bridging has become a ‘hot topic’ for housebuilders. insulation manufacturer marmox explains why, and describes some solutions to the problem. It has been calculated by The Energy Saving Trust that in a... View Article

Let the light shine in

Steve Bromberg of Express Bi-folding Doors explains the options available when looking at specifying “expansive” glazed doors to open up homes. Open-plan living has risen drastically in popularity over recent years, with homeowners choosing light and bright designs that maximise... View Article

Making fires work

Despite being increasingly popular among homeowners, fireplaces are still seen as a challenge by many housebuilders in new builds. Tim Pockett of stovax examines the practical options. With the popularity of woodburning and solid fuel heating growing in recent years,... View Article

Sustainable drainage savings

Trade body Interpave explains how concrete block permeable paving is helping developers meet the latest regulatory requirements for sustainable drainage (SuDS), while cutting costs and minimising land-take. It’s been almost two years since the Government chose to abandon dedicated requirements... View Article

Embedding accessibility

As the population ages and the number of people living with disabilities increases, it is crucial that developers incorporate accessibility into properties now to prepare for the future. The kitchen, says Stuart Reynolds of AKW, is the ideal place to... View Article

Hot knowledge

Toby Howard-Willis of JG Speedfit explores some of the key considerations surrounding smart heating controls and how they vary between retrofit and new build projects. As Government and the wider housebuilding industry work towards greater energy efficiency in housing, there... View Article

A glass act

Baltimore Wharf, a landmark development in London’s Docklands, required balustrades that were stylish as well as affordable. Housebuilder & Developer reports on the successful results. Glass balconies, once the prerogative of high-end hotels, have become a popular choice for developers. Around... View Article

Pre-prepared to address the housing crisis

Robert Clark of Fusion Building Systems explains the benefits of offsite manufacturing, explaining how time-saving but high-performance SIPs could help ease the UK’s housing shortage The UK is suffering from a lack of housing, with even the Government citing a... View Article

It’s what’s inside that counts

Most doors purchased in the UK are for the interior of a property. JB Kind’s Simon Johnson reveals how specifiers can now match doors precisely to properties and capture that all-important interior appeal. When fitting out homes, there are of... View Article