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Protecting Welsh national heritage at St Fagans

Stuart Hicks from liquid waterproofing membranes specialist, Kemper System, discusses the roofing project at the ‘Gweithdy’, the latest addition to St Fagans National History Museum, Wales’s most popular heritage attraction.  Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, is made up of... View Article

SuDS: for better neighbourhoods

Embedding SuDS in urban design can bring substantial benefits if adopted from the outset, explains Interpave’s Chris Hodson. Taking a holistic approach, designers can now embrace sustainable urban drainage solutions as one of the central design considerations from the very... View Article

Good for wood

Bathroom experts Saniflo explain why shower cubicles are an ideal bathroom solution for timber frame buildings. The advancements in timber manufacturing and recent developments such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) have encouraged developers to adopt structural timber frame for a growing number... View Article

Cutting through the hype: key trends for bathroom design

From slim ceramics to the growing market of shower toilets, Emma Mottram of Laufen explores the latest innovations in bathroom design. In recent years, the bathroom has become much more than a functional space. The latest trends and technological innovations... View Article

Shattering conventions

Neil Puttock of Boavista Windows, explains why fibreglass window frames have stirred a revolution in the glazing industry. An American engineer and professor by the name of William Edwards Deming once said, “Innovation comes from the producer – not the... View Article

A good case for the blues

Phillip Wilcox-Moore of Axter offers advice on how ‘blue roofs’ can elevate a scheme’s sustainability credentials by retaining rain water. Our climate is rapidly changing. Climatologists are predicting wetter winters, significantly increased rainfall over short periods and a certainty of... View Article

A masterclass in hygiene

With a lack of cleanliness understanding among children, Chris Tranter of Bristan explains the importance of non-touch technology in school washrooms. The education environment is one of the most sensitive sectors when it comes to cleanliness – there is a... View Article

Shedding light on efficiency

Maria Holton of Luceco looks at why energy efficient lighting should be considered as part of the overall design process in educational establishments to meet the needs of flexible learning spaces. The importance of lighting in education environments should be... View Article

Providing a solid base for learning

Safe, stylish, durable flooring can have a major effect on an interior’s aesthetics and atmosphere. Simon Clark of Sika Flooring considers the benefits of resin flooring in education establishments. Higher education has become a fiercely competitive market as universities strive... View Article

Glazing that makes the grade

Andrew Cooper of Senior Architectural Systems sheds new light on the process of window specification for the student accommodation sector and explains why aluminium systems can work so well. The days of dark, damp and depress- ing student ‘digs’ have... View Article

Let the sun shine

Renson Fabrications discusses the options for outdoor sun protection systems that allow the light in while maintaining a comfortable indoor climate. The trend is clear. We want to allow as much natural light in as possible. That is why we... View Article

Quiet please!

Rob Crampton of Hush Acoustics looks at the crucial importance of getting acoustics right in educational buildings. While modern educational buildings have benefited from various architectural and technological enhancements, good acoustics remain a key factor in enhancing the learning environment.... View Article

It’s easy being green

Michael Nicholls of OrganoWood UK explains what sustainability means when it comes to external wood treatment, and how self- builders can benefit from ‘going green’ Offering a beautiful combination of aesthetic and practical qualities, wood has always been a popular... View Article

Putting smoke alarms on the spot

Kidde Safety discusses current regulations for smoke and heat alarms and whether they go far enough to maximise safety Smoke and heat alarms are essential in minimising domestic fire fatalities and injuries. Installation of smoke and heat alarms to satisfy... View Article

The power of colour

Crown Paints’ Kathryn Lloyd looks into the latest paint shades and design ideas, and explains how quality formulations and technology can help bring colour to life both indoors and out Colour can be one of the most important elements to... View Article

A special bond

Madeleine McDermott of Resin Bonded explores why resin-bound surfaces are becoming the latest trend to appear in driveways and gardens thanks to a range of performance benefits What is resin-bound surfacing? Firstly, it is fast becoming the popular choice for... View Article

Hi-tech kitchens for a healthier, greener future

Zip Water UK’s Russell Owens discusses why hi-tech kitchen appliances are such an important ingredient in today’s self-builds Modern technology has always played a huge part in improving convenience in the home, but nowadays high-tech appliances are becoming increasingly important... View Article

Heat storage made easy

The thermal store is a powerful technology that can be used in a variety of ways to ‘future proof’ properties, enabling self-builders to take full advantage of renewables, when used in the best combination. Richard Hanson-Graville of Thermal Integration explains... View Article

How not to find a builder

First-time self-builder Sarah Ball describes her troubles finding a builder for their highly contemporary project in Derby It’s the one phone call my husband Andy and I didn’t want. Three years and one month of living in a property we... View Article
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