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A new dimension: Adapting design for educational environments

By Robert Mustoe, managing director of the Senator Group Understanding the importance of individuality is paramount, whether it’s in an educational environment or a Silicon Valley boardroom. By personalising the ways in which we approach tasks, we increase the potential... View Article

Timber construction is on the cusp of a boom

By Dave Hopkins, director at Wood for Good, the timber industry’s sustainability campaign The merits of timber construction have been rapidly gaining appreciation in the housing sector over the last decade with the market share of timber frame rising from... View Article

Specifying accessible bathing solutions

Gainsborough Specialist Bathing, a market leader in the long term care sector, identifies five key factors architects should consider when specifying assisted baths for healthcare developments. If you are an architect or specifier involved with the development or refurbishment of... View Article

Thermal performance – it’s still a hot topic!

Colin Torley, sales and marketing director of the VEKA UK Group discusses which ‘deciding factors’ play the most important roles in product design, and how specifiers need to choose their suppliers carefully in such an ever- changing industry. When it... View Article

Energy efficient radiators – the sensible option…

Chris Harvey, product manager at Stelrad Radiators, discusses the extensive range of radiators available today Specifiers for new homes spend a serious amount of time investigating the options available to them, determined to recommend the best and most energy efficient... View Article

The rise of prices and intergenerational living

With rising house prices and many struggling to get on the property ladder, the National House Building Council (NHBC) has seen an increase in family generations combining their assets to buy a family home together. Fergus Pickard, product development director... View Article

New build ­– the bathroom perspective

Milena Cox, marketing manager at Farmiloes, explains what housebuilders should consider when planning the bathroom Whatever the house price point, the bathroom continues to be a key selling point. In the affordable/first time buyer housing sector, housebuilders face the inevitable... View Article

The art of stairs

Architectural engineering elegance and intelligent design integrates into its surrounding environment transforming architecture into art. Every piece of architecture should be as unique as the person who initially designed it. The ability to take an initial concept and nurture this... View Article

Building the cast iron case for plastic rainwater systems

When it comes to the specification of building products, striking the right balance between cost effectiveness and aesthetic appeal has never been easy. In plumbing and drainage systems, cast-iron has been an integral element of the architectural landscape for over... View Article

Learn and live

Neil Perdell, national technical manager at Aico Ltd., looks at why specifying a quality smoke alarm isn’t enough to meet your Duty of Care. When it comes to domestic fire safety, alarm installation training is essential If you work in... View Article

Building the ultimate man cave

Former Taekwondo world champion Charlie Walker wanted to include a few ‘extras’ in his self-built house near Keighley, West Yorkshire – not least a fully kitted out home gym. The martial arts expert spends hours pumping iron to competitive levels... View Article

The ideal show to help create your dream home

Head to the Southern Home Show from 30 January to 1 February to find the ideal products and services to create your dream home – all under one roof. The Southern Home Show returns for its second year at Alexandra... View Article

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
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