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All change for SuDS

In an about turn, the government has announced an alternative approach to implementing SuDS using the planning system amidst a growing realisation that it can deliver far more than just drainage as a fundamental part of development design – as... View Article

Steps towards accessible and adaptable housing

With an increasing older population, it is crucial that housebuilders and developers make housing adaptable to meet older residents’ needs in the initial stages of a build. These needs may arise as a result of reduced mobility, debilitating illnesses and... View Article

Making the right choice

In influencing the choice of heating and ventilation systems architects can ensure these systems support their designs while delivering optimum building performance. Phil Brompton of Powrmatic explains: As regulations require improved thermal performance of buildings – through better thermal insulation... View Article

Single ply roofing systems – a sustainable alternative to metal

Hard-wearing and aesthetically pleasing, metal roof surfaces have long been a popular choice for refurbishments and new builds alike. However, these systems also include a number of potential drawbacks. Paul Martin, architectural sales manager at Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd, looks... View Article

SFS systems: improving insulation while saving space

The demand for increasing levels of thermal performance is driven by both the market and regulatory pressures and can be answered by innovations in Structural Framing Systems (SFS) technology, writes Knauf The advantages of SFS methods of construction in terms... View Article

Putting train manufacturing back on track

This summer a new factory opens in the North East of England – the first large-scale railway train building facility to be built in Britain for more than a century. Ray Philpott finds out what makes it special. Aswathe of... View Article

The art of stairs

Architectural engineering elegance and intelligent design integrates into its surrounding environment transforming architecture into art. CANAL Architectural explores the art of stairs. Every piece of architecture should be as unique as the person who initially designed it. The ability to... View Article

A high note on modern design

Ray Bull spotted his ideal plot of land back in 2012, but had to wait three years before finally securing it as his own. Now, he has developed a large and stunning home for his family, designed with modern living... View Article

The market place for green building innovation

Self-builders keen to procure new services and solutions should head to Ecobuild 2015 (3 to 5 March 2015, ExCeL London) where the latest innovations will be on display from over 400 leading companies across the sustainable built environment From future... View Article

Sixth sense

Creating a smart environment in your property demands far more than technical expertise, argues Hugh Roche of Atlantis AV solutions, specialists in home technology To begin by stating the obvious, the most attractive feature of a self-build is the capacity... View Article

Keeping a healthy level of airflow in new homes

As new homes are required to be ever more energy efficient, Paul Croughan, national key account manager for EnviroVent, looks at how innovation is helping housebuilders to achieve the right balance between air tightness and adequate ventilation It is almost... View Article

Groundworks and the environment

A good understanding of the risks and liabilities associated with the subsurface is critical, and can often have a dramatic affect on the profit margins for a project. It is therefore paramount that developers sufficiently understand the implications of the... View Article

A new approach for the National Insulation Association

The National Insulation Association explains how it’s adapting its approach to suit changes in the construction industry The National Insulation Association (NIA) is a leading trade body in the insulation industry representing manufacturers, system providers and installers of cavity wall... View Article
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