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Steel enamel is the perfect choice for modern bathrooms

Angela Ortmann-Torbett, sales director (West Europe) for Kaldewei discusses how the quality of materials has become a key consideration when installing and specifying modern bathroom products. Whether a small ensuite or exclusive family bathroom that includes a freestanding bath and... View Article

Close the loop – gypsum to gypsum

Steve Hemmings, head of EHS & Sustainability at Siniat explains why housebuilders and suppliers need to work together and do more for sustainability. In the last decade the global economy has taken note of the dwindling supply of resources left... View Article

Engineered for comfort style and durability

Darren Beech, director of Ultra-Interior Ltd explains why housebuilders should consider Engineered Hardwood Flooring as the ideal choice of flooring material for modern developments. Housebuilders are constantly seeking products and materials that will give their development an edge adding to... View Article

Choosing an integrated wetroom approach

An integrated approach, where products are designed to work together, should be high on a specifier’s list when deciding which products to use in a wetroom or shower installation. By Ian Knifton, head of technical and training at Schlüter Compatibility is an... View Article

Brick is back

Brick is one of the most ancient and familiar building materials known to man, its strength, character and flexibility of use continue to attract architects working on innovative contemporary buildings. Brick Development Association reports The use of bricks, especially within... View Article

What the doctors ordered

Mark Smulian takes a look at the University of Leicester’s new Centre for Medicine, which will be the UK’s largest non-residential Passivhaus project to date Fitting the people and equipment from three departments into a single structure on a constrained... View Article

Specifying external sliding doors

Latest developments in window technology have radically improved the design, performance, and security of fully-glazed external sliding doors for residential use. However, as sliding doors become increasingly sophisticated, specification also becomes more complex. Andy Trewick, VELFAC direct sales manager, comments Site suitability To... View Article

Just add water

New Government planning requirements for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) incorporating techniques such as concrete block permeable paving came into force this April, amidst a growing realisation that they can deliver far more than just drainage as a key part of... View Article

The retail revolution

A tectonic shift has overtaken the retail construction sector over the past five years as retailers have responded to the challenges of persistently weak consumer spending and changes to how and where people shop. Stephen Cousins asks “where is it... View Article

Natural slate – when reputation and integrity counts

As SIGA Slate marks its 10th anniversary, Amanda Green, marketing manager, takes a look at why reputation and integrity count for everything when it comes to specifying natural slate. Natural slate is a popular choice when building new homes. As well as aesthetics... View Article

Funding SME builders is key in solving the housing shortage

With housebuilding a key feature in the general election, Hampshire Trust Bank’s Robert Grigg, managing director (Property Finance), looks at how increased finance options for small developers will help increase their growth and ability to build new properties. As we are all aware, the UK... View Article

Innovations in efficiency

Phil Brown of Pilkington UK Ltd explores how contemporary innovations in the glazing industry are helping housebuilders create high performing, cost effective homes. The government’s 2016 nearly zerocarbon target for new homes has pushed energy efficiency to the top of the agenda for housebuilders. Rising energy costs have also... View Article

Copper kerb appeal

Copper producer Aurubis discusses the wide variety of copper surfaces available for cladding today and how they can be used in conjunction with other materials to add architectural quality to housing. Copper was one of the first metals used by man and is... View Article

Smart thinking

Tennant, Marketing Director of smart homes specialists Cyberhomes, discusses the latest automation technology and features that house-buyers are increasingly looking for. Customers today are interested in a flexible, user-friendly approach to remotely control and programme devices in their homes, provided by the latest intuitive... View Article

Humid ‘hot spots’ pose health risks

Moisture is produced continuously within the home with the average family generating a staggering 20 litres of water per day. Whilst this may sound harmless, excess moisture within the home can leave occupants vulnerable to a host of health risks.... View Article

Truly sustainable timber

Sustainability has been a dominant theme in construction for many years. We all want the houses we build to be energy efficient and have a minimum environmental impact, and that sentiment extends to the specific materials we use in construction.... View Article

Now is the time to create a stunning home

The fourth Northern Home Show is on at Manchester Central from 3 – 5 July and right now is a great time to enhance, renovate, extend or even build your own home. With the property market and the economy continuing... View Article

Expert speakers and the latest ideas

11-12 June 2015, American Express Stadium, Brighton @EcoTechShow A lower carbon future is only going to happen if builders actually use eco technology… and experience shows that self-builders are most willing to embrace new ideas and show others the way... View Article
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