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The convenience of co-ordination

Architects are increasingly looking to tie washroom design into the overall look of a building’s interior – and high-spec products are becoming more commonplace. Trevor Bowers of Washroom Washroom explores the diverse range of solutions on offer. By continually pushing... View Article

Bridging the performance gap

The movement to build ‘eco’ has led to greater focus on the importance of insulation, but the industry needs to ensure projects are built ‘as designed’ says Recticel’s Peter Wilcox. The final Evidence Review Report produced by the Zero Carbon... View Article

Structural glazing: Reshaping the modern skyline

As technology evolves, glass continues to be seen at the core of many exciting and iconic buildings, enabling achitects to achieve their goals. Phil Savage of Pilkington discusses the growing importance of glass in modern building design. A look across... View Article

Designing for better flood control

Climate change is posing a constant challenge to designers to create efficient flood management systems. Stuart Pearce of GeoSmart Information reviews current practice and says the industry needs to take a broader view. Traditional flood risk management approaches have been... View Article

Winners in wood design: 45th Annual Wood Awards

The winners of the 45th annual Wood Awards will be revealed in November. Ahead of the ceremony, Sarah Johnson exclusively previews the shortlisted projects in the Buildings Competition section. The Wood Awards have been celebrating excellence in British wood-based architecture... View Article

Oriented towards design

Stuart Devoil of Smartply explains how the humble sheet of OSB has become a design solution as engineered timber panels are being used across the building sector, from the construction of energy efficient and low carbon homes to site hoardings... View Article

Calling for a shift in focus

Frank Werling of Finnish wood specialists Metsä Wood says the green agenda in construction must shift towards sustainable production of building materials – and timber leads the way as an alternative to steel and concrete. A brief history of timber... View Article

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
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