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Why a wood first policy stacks up

Greg Cooper of B & K Structures discusses the positive impact which cross laminated timber has made within the built environment. As construction makes up a total of 45 per cent of carbon emissions in the UK, sustainability is an important... View Article

Building-in cost benefits

As construction heads towards decarbonisation, choice of building materials is increasingly crucial. Andrew Carpenter of the Structural Timber Association (STA) outlines why timber provides built-in cost benefits. Cost is one of the main considerations for architects and specifiers when choosing a... View Article

Changing the urban landscape for the mobile generation

People have become glued to their mobile devices, but is the urban landscape well-suited to swathes of distracted walkers? Jonathan Goss of Townscape Products explores how the streetscape is being adapted to make it safer. Picture the scene: an endless... View Article

Understanding underlays is the key to performance

Innovation in roofing underlays has helped tackle issues in cold-pitched roofs, but specifiers should know what they see on the outside is not always what they get in terms of performance. ADF reports. The quest to achieve a truly ventilation-free cold... View Article

The power of vaults

Jeremy Cassady of Securikey looks at how modular vault systems can provide an effective, easy-to-install bespoke system for high security applications. When clients are storing expensive equipment and valuables, sensitive documents and drugs or chemicals, the risks are extremely high, both in... View Article

SIP replacements – the cure for self-build?

The performance and speed benefits offered by structural insulated panels (SIPs) are compelling for self-builders in the current climate of skills shortages and tighter Regs, says Chris Duckworth It isn’t that long ago that the recession obliterated good and bad... View Article

Blending the old with the new

Giving your property a touch of old charm can stretch your budget, but the secret’s in the guttering, says Hayley Lowry of Brett Martin Plumbing and Drainage The sheer range of products on the market can make buying materials for... View Article

Experts on hand with advice and assistance for selfbuilders

Find invaluable resources and tools for your self-build as the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns to ExCel, from 23-25 September According to latest research from mortgage lender Halifax, Greater London’s property prices have risen by 432 per cent per... View Article

Greener spaces

Aidan Bell of EnviroBuild explains how composite decking made from wood and recycled plastic can offer a sustainable as well as safe alternative, as seen on a recent case study When Steve Kelly and his wife, Nicola, bought their first house in... View Article

Time for a Grand Design

Grand Designs Live Birmingham is back again at the NEC for 2016, this time for five days Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is set to return to Birmingham from 19-23 October. The event promises to break... View Article

Let there be light

Emyr Davies of Arboreta and sister company Welsh Oak Frame believes the trend for light spaces is set to continue, but needs careful thought if all that extra glass is not to lead to extra problems When homebuyers are asked... View Article

Opening up the possibilities

Garage doors have improved hugely in recent years as the value placed on them by homeowners has increased. David O’Mara of Hörmann looks at the different options available and how to decide which is best for you Garage doors have... View Article

Embracing nature

Garden designer Elaine James and her antique dealer husband Ian used their combined skills to design a tranquil home around the ever-changing view of the north Yorkshire countryside. It can be blowing a gale across the field at the back... View Article

Smart answers on smart homes

Ben Johnson, director of Powertrac Electrical Services, a Berkshire-based smart home and electrical contractor, answers some of the frequently asked questions on smart homes. What is a smart home? In short, a smart home intelligently automates and allows you to... View Article

Science fiction and climate facts – the Met Office

A new sci-fi-inspired Met Office base in Devon is set to become an architectural landmark as well as a top destination for environmental scientists exploring how our climate works. Stephen Cousins reports from the scene. Devon’s reputation for cider and... View Article

Steeling the limelight – Four St Pancras Square

Part of the swathes of land being revived by the the King’s Cross regeneration, Four Pancras Square is a steel giant which conjures up memories of London’s industrial heartland. Steve Menary reports. Replicating rusty metal might not seem an obvious... View Article

Travelling light – Travel Centre, Lahti, Finland

Bus and rail shelters are rarely seen as works of art but the copper-clad shelter for a new road-rail intersection in Lahti, Finland, is something of a metal masterpiece. Michael Willoughby reports from the Land of the Midnight Sun. What... View Article

Why the UK should think zinc

Zinc has been widely used in Europe for centuries but remains largely overlooked in the UK. Alex Murphy of VM Zinc looks at its key benefits and describes how to make zinc installations a success. Robust, easy to maintain and... View Article
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