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Get smart, get control

Edward Lees of Feilo Sylvania shines the light on how sophisticated smart lighting control systems can offer efficiency benefits as well as design flexibility. The industry is now well versed in the benefits of LED technology and the energy savings... View Article

Fostering collaboration

Unifying technical data may be BIM’s most celebrated feature for some, but for Tim Checketts of Assa Abloy its major benefit is interdisciplinary collaboration. Digital technology has become instrumental to maximising productivity in the construction industry, but often the focus is... View Article

Practice Profile – Wilson Associates

James Parker reports on an established and growing international practice which is renowned for its luxury interior architectural design. Wilson Associates, founded in 1971, now has a truly global reach with eight offices across six continents, its success built on... View Article

Family fortunes

With multi-generational living on the increase in the UK, how can developers design bathrooms that meet the needs of all? Daniel Ward of  Twyford, looks at some of the options. The way we live is changing: the effects of rising... View Article

When the smoke has cleared

Teodora Lyubomirova looks at the likely impact of the Grenfell Tower investigation on the building industry, and what it means for the future of refurbishment. If the Ronan Point explosion dealt the blow that transformed building codes in the early... View Article

Industrial revolution

Interior designer Gina Everett of Create Perfect gives some style tips on achieving the key current trend of a modern industrial look in the kitchen Trends by their nature tend to come and go in interiors, but when considering designing... View Article

Everything you need under one roof

Looking for guidance on your self-build? The National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon is the place to go for help with any aspect of a project, as Roseanne Field reports The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC),... View Article

The best laid plans

For many self-builders, finding a plot to build on is the biggest hurdle, but for one retired couple using their own land proved just as problematic, for a host of reasons. Roseanne Field reports Set back from the main A22... View Article

Sustainable building – it’s all in the mind

Ben Warren, Managing Director at global building materials manufacturer, Baumit UK, offers a guide to sustainable construction for the self-builder. According to a Green Building Council report, more than one home every minute will require refurbishment in the UK if... View Article

Chapter two: preparing for demolition

When we heard from first-time self-builders Sarah and Andy Ball in the last issue, they were at a crossroads, unsure if their Derby build would go ahead. Things have changed however, and the demolition notices are in When we left... View Article

Shower power

Ashley Prescott of Power-Pipe discusses how waste water heat recovery can stop you throwing money down the drain every time you shower In terms of the practicalities, waste water heat recovery (WWHR) couldn’t be more straightforward. A WWHR system is... View Article

Tapping into the market

Chris Tranter of Bristan explains how focusing on homeowners’ needs when it comes to bathroom products can help towards a house purchase. A new home isn’t just a financial investment for consumers – it can be a huge emotional attachment... View Article

Developing strategies for better internal environments

David Mowatt of Lareine Engineering, discusses the dual roles of daylighting & ventilation in creating healthy and safe internal environments. Every building, whatever its purpose, must provide a controlled internal environment that is protected from the variable and uncontrollable external... View Article

Slate in demand

According to industry reports, demand for roof tiles is considerably higher than supply. This causes projects to be delayed, which also impacts overall costs. In this article, Nigel Tozer of Cupa Pizarras explains how careful specification can avoid these issues.... View Article

Rock-solid insulation credentials

With clients demanding versatility as well as robust credentials from insulation, Paul Barrett of Rockwool puts stone wool under the microscope. The ingredient of stone wool insulation is a hard, dark volcanic rock – basalt – that is formed when... View Article

Timber covers all the bases

Stephen Toone of canopy manufacturer Fordingbridge describes how timber’s versatility of application and lasting appeal is increasingly seeing it specified. There is no doubt that timber’s strong sustainability credentials are the material’s key advantage when compared to mainstream building materials... View Article

How to clean laminate floors

Laminate floors require regular maintenance to prevent scratching or damage, and a key part of this is cleaning the surface itself. Generally, you should aim to clean your laminate floor with a dry mop once every few days or so.... View Article

Breaking the thermal mould

Heat lost through conventionally-wrapped parapets is a common complaint among architects, so an efficient space-saving alternative is welcome, says Schöck’s Chris Willett. In a similar way to the thermal insulation issues manifested with balconies, in the case of parapet connections... View Article
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