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The Build Show is a must see on the trade calendar

As part of UK Construction Week, the largest construction trade event in the UK, the Build Show has been established as a must see on the trade calendar with an abundance of exhibitors signed up and a raft of prestigious... View Article

A giant leap forward

With the BBC due to demolish the corporation’s old Wales’ headquarters in Cardiff there will be few major examples of the architecture of renowned Welsh architect Sir Percy Thomas in the principality’s capital. One of those remnants is the Grade... View Article

Reed all about it

The University of East Anglia’s new Enterprise Centre makes large scale use of thatch as a carbon reduction measure, Mark Smulian reports. Ais one approaches the University of East Anglia’s new 3,400 square metres Enterprise Centre, its surface presents something... View Article

Choosing the right floor covering

With an increased focus on infection control and healthy living environments the Care Sector is faced with a number of opinions and options when it comes to choosing the right floor covering, as Danfloor reports. The use of carpets is... View Article

The human element

Many new build properties are being designed without integral chimneys, and what with the likes of the “Passive House” movement, one could easily argue the future of the fire/fireplace could well be limited. However that’s not the whole story, as... View Article

Securing access

Jonathan Burke, marketing manager of Abloy UK, discusses the options for architects looking to specify systems that offer easy access and egress while ensuring maximum security, and explains how electric locks can offer a compliant and energy efficient solution. When... View Article

Everybody’s going to UK Construction Week

Organised by Media 10, UK Construction Week will be held at the Birmingham NEC from 6 – 11 October (with the trade days from 6 – 8 October) UK Construction Week is the leading industry event for construction and building... View Article

3D printing shows its metal

Research into 3D printing using metal has produced the world’s first complex steel components and plans to print an entire steel bridge in mid air using automated robots. Stephen Cousins reports. The large scale application of 3D printing, or additive... View Article

Concrete brick popularity

Andy Cotton, managing director of Edenhall, Britain’s largest independent brick manufacturer, reports on why concrete facing brick is leading the way for new homes. Ever since the housebuilding recovery gathered momentum, there has been a growing market for concrete facing... View Article

Getting the fabric right through external wall insulation

Chris Hall, chief executive at The British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturer’s Association (BRUFMA), discusses the wealth of benefits of External Wall Insulation. Providing insulation for houses is one of the simplest and easiest ways to reduce our energy consumption, combat... View Article

Got the look?

How interiors can increase the value and desirability of your property. By Sarah Ritchie, creative director of The Gifted Few. There are a number of factors potential house buyers consider when looking around a property. Is it in the right area? Has it got... View Article

SIPs suitability

With an increasing drive to ensure homes are as efficient as possible – particularly where heating, cooling and ventilation is concerned – it is important to carefully consider the various housebuilding options available to ensure minimal thermal losses. Here, Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of the Structural Timber Association (STA) looks at... View Article

The steel alternative

Mike Rawlings from Saint Gobain PAM challenges housebuilders to look beyond alternative rainwater systems and consider specifying a steel system. Steel rainwater systems are quickly becoming a great alternative for all types of dwellings and offer significant benefits for social housing. The material is making... View Article

Staying informed and within the law with invasive plant legislation

David Layland, joint managing director of treatment specialist Japanese Knotweed Control (JKC) offers a timely warning to landowners and developers on the perils of ignoring the latest invasive plant legislation. A difficult and expensive burden, invasive, non-native plants have long been the scourge... View Article

Achieving the elusive zero carbon status

Michael Goddard, director of housebuilder Caplin Homes, assesses some of the challenges of the renewable technologies available to housebuilders and explores how a new application could change the future of eco building. Structural building design has improved dramatically in recent years and the... View Article

A futuristic family farmhouse

Paul and Maria Richardson constructed a home that combines the best of both worlds – integrating a traditional working farmhouse with the practicalities and technologies of modern living. Nestled in the heart of the rolling Cambridgeshire countryside lies a traditional... View Article

Lights and shadows, old and new

Chris Harrison, director of J.G Harrison & Sons Ltd. discusses some of the options available to self-builders when specifying lighting When embarking on a comprehensive lighting design for a cutting-edge new build, budding developers can experience a heady combination of... View Article

Staircases for self-build projects: best foot forward

Phil Chimento, general manager at JELD-WEN stairs gives his top tips on how to create an eye-catching centrepiece with any budget, and key things to consider when planning your staircase It’s likely that a staircase will be a major consideration... View Article
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