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The retail revolution

A tectonic shift has overtaken the retail construction sector over the past five years as retailers have responded to the challenges of persistently weak consumer spending and changes to how and where people shop. Stephen Cousins asks “where is it... View Article

Natural slate – when reputation and integrity counts

As SIGA Slate marks its 10th anniversary, Amanda Green, marketing manager, takes a look at why reputation and integrity count for everything when it comes to specifying natural slate. Natural slate is a popular choice when building new homes. As well as aesthetics... View Article

Funding SME builders is key in solving the housing shortage

With housebuilding a key feature in the general election, Hampshire Trust Bank’s Robert Grigg, managing director (Property Finance), looks at how increased finance options for small developers will help increase their growth and ability to build new properties. As we are all aware, the UK... View Article

Innovations in efficiency

Phil Brown of Pilkington UK Ltd explores how contemporary innovations in the glazing industry are helping housebuilders create high performing, cost effective homes. The government’s 2016 nearly zerocarbon target for new homes has pushed energy efficiency to the top of the agenda for housebuilders. Rising energy costs have also... View Article

Copper kerb appeal

Copper producer Aurubis discusses the wide variety of copper surfaces available for cladding today and how they can be used in conjunction with other materials to add architectural quality to housing. Copper was one of the first metals used by man and is... View Article

Smart thinking

Tennant, Marketing Director of smart homes specialists Cyberhomes, discusses the latest automation technology and features that house-buyers are increasingly looking for. Customers today are interested in a flexible, user-friendly approach to remotely control and programme devices in their homes, provided by the latest intuitive... View Article

Humid ‘hot spots’ pose health risks

Moisture is produced continuously within the home with the average family generating a staggering 20 litres of water per day. Whilst this may sound harmless, excess moisture within the home can leave occupants vulnerable to a host of health risks.... View Article

Truly sustainable timber

Sustainability has been a dominant theme in construction for many years. We all want the houses we build to be energy efficient and have a minimum environmental impact, and that sentiment extends to the specific materials we use in construction.... View Article

Now is the time to create a stunning home

The fourth Northern Home Show is on at Manchester Central from 3 – 5 July and right now is a great time to enhance, renovate, extend or even build your own home. With the property market and the economy continuing... View Article

Expert speakers and the latest ideas

11-12 June 2015, American Express Stadium, Brighton @EcoTechShow A lower carbon future is only going to happen if builders actually use eco technology… and experience shows that self-builders are most willing to embrace new ideas and show others the way... View Article

Renewing your faith in fuel

Calor Gas explores the latest green options available for rural living and explains how LPG can be the ideal partner fuel for modern renewable systems What springs to mind when you conjure up an image of your dream home? Is it the... View Article

Small scale sewage treatment

Just as ‘Transport’ is evolving into ‘Logistics’ so ‘Sewage’ is rapidly evolving into ‘Waste Water’. Mark Newbery, consultant at Burnham Environmental Services Ltd explains further If your self-build does not have access to mains drainage by gravity or pumping then... View Article

Six steps to smoke alarm specification

By Martyn Walley, national technical manager at Aico Ltd When building your home you are governed by a myriad of rules and regulations, including those pertaining to fire safety. Under Building Regulations, smoke alarms are a legal requirement in new... View Article

A friendly facade

We asked four leading facade, cladding and envelope specialists what they would tell architects and specifiers if they had the chance. This is what they told us. Michael Willoughby reports. Chris Macey, group MD, Wintech Group When windows and facades... View Article

Brave new world

The sculptural ribbed aluminium form of the EBI South Building in Cambridgeshire is a dynamic reflection of the pioneering bioinformatics research going on inside. Stephen Cousins reports. Hunched down low in a protected rural landscape and clad in a ribbed... View Article

Everybody needs good neighbours

When Use Architects’ Jo Hagan came to develop his own site, he used an innovative material to make sure the block was a welcome addition to his Hackney home. Michael Willoughby reports. How to handle a large residential-commercial building in... View Article

The changing face of window design and specification

Jon Palethorpe, commercial director at architectural aluminium systems specialist, Technal, looks at current trends in fenestration design and specification, and some of the latest technical advancements engineered for high performance windows. In the UK, building regulations are imposing ever more... View Article

The demand for individual expression is on the rise

Paul Hughes, from FunderMax, comments on the rising trend and demand for individual design within the cladding industry, and subsequent challenges. There are numerous challenges that confront facade producers in today’s competitive construction market. All of which have to be... View Article

Delivering thermally efficient buildings

Lee Davies, technical director at building envelope specialist, CA Group Limited, explains the role of robust detailing in delivering thermally efficient buildings. The issue of improved airtightness has become a key focus for architects both in striving to deliver increasingly... View Article
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