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Composite contenders

Charles Taylor of wood plastic specialists Composite Prime discusses the rise of the composite decking trend and how it is helping to drive the timber industry forward Timber has long been considered one of the most environmentally friendly building materials... View Article

Timber windows – see the light

Jonathan Hey of Westbury Windows and Joinery offers some tips on getting your windows right and explains the benefits of choosing timber When building your own home, even with a big budget, every pound counts. Deciding where to spend your... View Article

Ideas for creating the perfect wet room

Lee Reed, product manager at bathroom and tile retailer Easy Bathrooms, offers some advice on designing a the perfect wet room, from initial considerations, to how the process works, and some design ideas. A wet room could be considered the... View Article

Ventilation apps help create smart homes

Peter Haynes, Technical Product Manager at EnviroVent, looks at advances through the use of the latest technology to reduce installation times and simplify commissioning for ventilation systems. Homebuyers are increasingly looking for gadgets that transform their properties into ‘smart homes’.... View Article

Future-proofing external doors

When looking to buy new external doors, getting value for money is arguably the most important consideration, but increasing financial restrictions on both property owners and landlords means there is extra pressure to minimise costs. Rob Hartill of Permadoor explains... View Article

The rise of smart buildings

Keith Carey of Salto Systems takes a look at the trends having a significant impact on access control, and how they are putting smart systems at the heart of how buildings will be operated in the future. There is a... View Article

A bathroom that works for everyone

Yvonne Orgill of the Bathroom Manufacturer’s Association offers some advice on designing a bathroom to meet the needs of all ages and abilities, without compromising on style Bathing is an integral part of life. Ensuring cleanliness and good health is... View Article

Intellectual energy – Energy Academy Europe, Groningen, Netherlands

A new building in the Netherlands which brings two universities together to help the country move towards a renewables-led future, appropriately embodies sustainable design. James Parker reports on how the architects focused on passive approaches for a carbon-neutral result. While the Netherlands may... View Article

A timeless statement

Tile and bathroom retailer Easy Bathrooms teams up with interior designer Gina Everett of Create Perfect to explain how to achieve a timelessly retro finish in the bathroom While the bathroom is often a place for speedily getting ready for... View Article

Timber’s time has come

David Connacher of Norbord explores the recent developments in the housebuilding industry that are providing sustained momentum in the timber frame construction market. Housebuilding has proved to be the most buoyant sector of the UK construction industry in the last... View Article

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
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