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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

Timber to composite – the evolution of building materials

Although timber is a fundamental material in residential and commercial building projects, common issues such as rot, splintering and discolouration can be a concern for housebuilders and developers. With many now looking for innovative alternatives that have the longevity to... View Article

Refurb or renew?

When flat roofs fail, the task of stripping, disposing of and replacing it is a costly and time-consuming process. This is particularly true for hospitals. Here, Rod Friel of Wolfin discusses a solution that can save on time, money and... View Article

Walking on sunshine

With various options available, walk-on rooflights can offer an abundance of light to dark spaces while still allowing for movement above. Chris Chaney of Sunsquare explains how Rooflights have been maximising daylight in architecture for years but now the need... View Article

Seal the voids, stop the fires

Chris Hall of Siderise highlights the critical importance of fire stops in tall buildings and the considerations that specifiers need to bear in mind. As tall buildings are set to continue to play a significant role in meeting our housing... View Article

Underpinning the evolution of the modern workplace

With the evolution of modern offices arguably having come full circle, Jeremy Broadhead of Heckmondwike considers how flooring has addressed workspace trends. The impact of the physical workspace on employee productivity, morale and motivation has been the subject of much... View Article

Rural charm without the harm

Solid fuel stoves are gaining in popularity in urban areas, but do they contribute to pollution? Phil Lowe of Schiedel Chimney Systems tackles some misconceptions. Despite the wide variety of heating systems available today, nothing quite compares to the distinct... View Article

Behind the secret fix

Panel Systems unravels how recent technological advancements became the catalyst for uninterrupted exteriors, and where this trend is heading. Newness has always attracted the eye, which is why buildings are often designed with a contemporary aesthetic. There is an assumption that contemporary... View Article

More than just a garage

Andrew Guppy of The Classic Barn Company discusses the options and considerations when specifying a detached garage Garages may not immediately seem like the most interesting part of a self-build, but with a little imagination and creativity, adding a detached... View Article

A grand adventure

Building your own home should be the perfect opportunity to fulfil your wishlist – however wild and wacky. This is how the Aylmer family approached creating their holiday home on the north Cornish Coast, as Ewen MacDonald reports From the... View Article
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