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Cause for alarm

Adrian Keats of Honeywell provides advice on the options available when choosing fire alarms, and where best to site them – in the context of what he believes is a dangerous level of misunderstanding currently in the market. Despite ever-evolving... View Article

Clearly sustainable

After having their design for a dream home rejected on two sites, a retired couple succeeded in creating a modern, sustainable and visually ‘transparent’ self-build on a rural site in north Devon. James Parker reports Mark and Melanie Goldman’s self-build... View Article

Are you covered?

Janine Brady of SIG Roofing explains the importance of finding the right roofing product, with the right guarantees. The choice of roof covering for a new home is critical. It not only affects the appearance of the property, it also... View Article

PVC: The right fit for cladding

Innovations in PVC cladding make the material a strong contender against more traditional building products, some of which remain in short supply. Freefoam Building Products explains the material’s performance, maintenance and aesthetic benefits. After the economic downturn in 2008, the... View Article

Turning around system efficiency

Francine Wickham of Fernox explores how to improve central heating system longevity and efficiency through the use of chemical cleaners, inhibitors and filter technology The Cold Homes Crisis and the rise of fuel poverty within the UK is a widespread... View Article

From the floor up…

Richard Sutton of Horbury Property Services considers the options available when refurbishing floors in housing Choosing flooring for an apartment block or housing project is a decision that should not be taken lightly. If the properties and performance of the... View Article

Access to the future

With multigenerational living on the rise, UK homes must be designed to support the varying needs of residents with a range of ages and abilities. Daniel Ward of Twyford explains how. Modern homes need to deliver on a number of... View Article

Offsite solutions: driving bathroom installation efficiency

Richard Tonkinson of Offsite Solutions offers some practical advice for specifying factory-built bathrooms. Bathroom pods have driven innovation in traditional construction methods and are now widely used for student accommodation, hospitals, hotels and housing – from luxury apartments to social housing.... View Article

Planting the seeds of a successful green roof specification

Stuart Hicks from liquid roofing membrane specialist Kemper System discusses what you need to consider when specifying green roof systems. The drive towards more sustainable buildings has led to an evolution of green roofs from specialist ‘eco- feature’, to much... View Article

Balancing views, solar control & daylighting

John Godwin of Vena looks at the need to achieve a tricky balance when considering architectural glazing. When it comes to specifying the glazing for a project, all too often the need to achieve good views out can override the... View Article

Prevention is still better than cure

Last winter was dry compared with previous winters, but that’s no reason to be complacent about flooding; Safeguard Europe’s Hudson Lambert says that when designing new homes it’s essential to prioritise prevention. It could be thought that, flood-wise, the winter... View Article

Getting the light just right

Selfbuilder & Homemaker takes a look at how a London couple extended their home to create a bright and modern family-friendly space Beri and Julie Cheetham set out to modernise their Victorian home situated in sought-after London borough Wandsworth. By... View Article

The grass is greener

David Hedges-Gower of Lawn Solutions explains how to care for a lawn and offers his tips on keeping it in top condition during the colder months When taking on a self-build project the house itself is of course a focus,... View Article

Pick up the pace with SIPs

Timber Innovations’ Ian McCarthy explains why the interest in SIPs as a modern method of construction continues to grow fast The UK is seeing a rapidly increasing enthusiasm among self-builders and others in the construction sector to opt for structural... View Article

Making savings from a rainy day

Stormsaver’s Lisa Farnsworth explains how rainwater harvesting systems can help self-builders save water and reduce household running costs For those choosing to self-build, rainwater harvesting systems are becoming a popular solution to be kinder to the planet and reduce household... View Article

Protect and survive, in style

Increasingly prevalent perimeter security systems need careful integration into the urban realm to ensure they’re not overly obtrusive, says Jonathan Goss of Townscape Products. The spate of terrorist vehicle attacks across Europe in recent years has highlighted the vital importance... View Article

Seamless autopilot living

With smart home technologies offering seamless control and improved efficiencies, architects need to look at integrating them into buildings, argues Loxone’s Omid Nikroo. With every passing year, the number – and complexity of – systems available which are designed to... View Article

Eradicating defects

In an age of construction management and rising compensation claims, it’s advisable to engage solid expertise across the supply chain, says Redland’s David Patrick. A2015 survey by the House Builders Federation and the National House Building Council (NHBC) revealed 93... View Article
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