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Slaying the site insurance myth

Simon Middleton, director for insurance and warranty specialist Self-Build Zone, provides us with the top 10 site insurance misconceptions. Compared to, say, choosing a building system, insurance is probably one of the dullest products out there and one that certainly... View Article

A thoroughly extraordinary weatherboard

Self-builders strive to create homes that are distinct and appealing, while not ending up with a structure that looks out of place in its surroundings. Marley Eternit looks at why fibre cement weatherboarding is able to retain a timeless appeal,... View Article

Cash in the attic

Jonathan Fellingham, managing director of Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE), looks at how engineered timber solutions can meet the growing demand for creating ‘room-in-the-roof’. As the price of land remains expensive, one of the most frequent enquiries received from people building... View Article

Steel yourself…

John Pyatt, managing director of Crittall Windows, highlights the benefits and considerations when installing steel windows as part of your self-build project. Correctly installing high quality steel win- dows adds value to the investment you’ve made in your self-build home... View Article

Trendy tiles

British Ceramic Tile’s Head of Design Claire O’Brien discusses the latest trends in flooring as well as what is set to be extremely popular for new builds in 2015. Whether your new build is more contemporary or traditional, there are... View Article

Building in timber

Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of the Structural Timber Association, explains how building in timber can create a high performance building envelope. Over the past year, both the British economy and the construction sector as a whole have turned a corner,... View Article

Ecological comparison of facade systems

The results of an ecological comparison of facade renovation systems are revealed by Ian Anderson, managing director at rainscreen cladding manufacturer Steni UK. The growing popularity in the UK of dry-trade construction methods has led to a plethora of rainscreen... View Article

ICF – the concrete choice for true building performance

Jean-Marc Bouvier, UK technical manager for Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) manufacturer NUDURA, talks about how this proven building envelope technology offers a fast-track, economical and sustainable solution that’s built to last. Building with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) is a proven... View Article

The changing world of roofing

Ray Horwood CBE, chief executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, discusses the impact of revisions to BS 5534 and the GRO code. Given the pivotal role that architects and specifiers play in the design and specification of the... View Article

Solar shading meets thermal performance

When specifying solar control, not just any curtain walling bracket will do if the thermal performance of the building facade is not to be compromised, says solar shading and screening solutions provider Levolux. While glass continues to be the predominant... View Article

Specifying external wall insulation

The use of external wall insulation (EWI) is now commonplace for new buildings and for the refurbishment of existing buildings, both residential and non-residential. By providing the insulation layer to the outside face of the primary structure the building designer... View Article

The changing face of stainless steel

Kevin Jones, business manager of Aperam Stainless Steel Service UK Ltd, explains why stainless steel is a cost-effective building envelope material and how new surface finishes and coloured grades are widening its aesthetic appeal. The increasing emphasis of design life... View Article

Passive position

‘Passivhaus’ is a standard for insulating buildings to such high levels that energy bills fall to a fraction of their normal cost. A development in North London is among trailblazers for this technique in the social sector. Mark Smulian reports.... View Article

Friars Walk, Newport

Leslie Jones Architecture is on-site delivering Friars Walk, which will form a major part of the ongoing transformation of Newport City Centre and the surrounding area, representing a £250 million investment into Newport. Brian Tracey, director of the firm, outlines... View Article

Flood protection

Mary Dhonau, chairman of the Property Care Association’s Flood Protection Group, explains the two main types of mitigation measure available for properties at risk of floodwater ingress. Five million people live with the threat of being flooded from rivers and... View Article

The growing trend of folding-sliding doors

Andrew Royle, UK commercial director at P C Henderson looks at the growing trend of folding-sliding doors (FSDs) and what factors to consider when specifying these. When considering exterior doors and extensions, the use of sliding hardware for timber framed... View Article

Woods Hardwick, Knowlhill development, Milton Keynes

Karl Myhill, consultant at Woods Hardwick and the build constructor Parkway Construction MK explain what factors were implemented in the construction of the final two office buildings they designed as part of the Knowlhill development in Milton Keynes. According to... View Article
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