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Materials 2017 promises a convincing debut

Materials 2017 will debut this month in London, as an event with a comprehensive approach to materials for architecture, construction and design. Materials 2017 arrives in London on 25 and 26 April, transforming the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court into... View Article

Composed of sustainability

Alex Collins from Ecodek says that wood polymer composites present a new world of sustainable, durable construction materials. Wood Polymer Composites (WPCs) were first developed in the US in the early 1990s as an alternative to timber used in applications... View Article

Under the skin

As well as aesthetic and performance requirements, the need for more sustainable envelopes is influencing architects’ choice of materials when it comes to facades, says Simon Wild of Formica Group. Architecture has been described as “a visual art where buildings... View Article

Designing-in the benefits of UFH

Toby Howard-Willis of JG Speedfit looks at some of the key design considerations for modern house design when it comes to underfloor heating. Housebuilders are fast realising the benefits of underfloor heating solu- tions (UFH), prompting architects to give more... View Article

Practice Profile – Märraum Architects

James Parker spoke to an emerging young practice to find out how they got off the ground in Cornwall, including putting a focus on using virtual reality to give clients exactly what they want. Märraum Architects is an exciting new... View Article

Design in Mental Health returns in May

Now in its fifth year, the event awaits its biggest audience to date of architects, contractors and their clients on the 16-17 May at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull. Design in Mental Health focuses on creating therapeutic environments in... View Article

Taking the heat out of a tricky issue

Radiators are commonly installed in hospitals, care homes and other medical services buildings. However, as Stelrad’s Chris Harvey reveals, only certain designs are really suitable for buildings used by elderly and vulnerable people. Low surface temperature (LST) radia- tors have... View Article

Carpet is a sound choice for care environments

Catherine Helliker of Danfloor UK explains why carpets are an excellent flooring material for keeping noise and dust down and providing thermal insulation. Acarefully considered interior design scheme is essential for any care environment, especially where there are residents living... View Article

Healthy intervention

Hospitals and care homes in the UK are under tremendous strain, but architects and specifiers can help improve public health by incorporating high-quality drinking water delivery systems in designs, says Kevin Winchester of BRITA Vivreau. The task of hydrating hospital... View Article

Providing hot water safely: getting the balance right

Specifying hot water systems in healthcare environments needs to navigate the tricky balance of providing enough heat to destroy Legionella bacteria, while mitigating the risk of scalding, says Carol Armstrong of Delabie UK. Until recently, thermostatic mixing valves were installed as a... View Article

Elevating the importance of hoists

Whether mobile, overhead or wall-mounted, hoists can be installed and used in any almost any space. Bob Oliver of Innova Care Concepts explains why hoisting systems should be integrated into healthcare building designs from the outset. Hoisting systems are one... View Article

Standing the test of time

Richard Bishop of Wienerberger looks at how roof tile innovation is emulating classic design using modern materials to enable self-builders to find the ideal option for their project. It’s no secret that slate and clay have dominated roofing trends through the... View Article

What lies beneath

Extra space is something that many home owners desire but often that means adding a conservatory or a loft conversion. David Symes of Delta Membrane Systems looks at the basement alternative. While it may not be the most obvious option... View Article

The soft/hard debate

Choosing your flooring is undoubtedly one of the most important elements of a self-build – but should you go for for carpet or hard flooring? Selfbuilder & Homemaker’s Roseanne Field weighs up the pros and cons Choosing the flooring for... View Article

Invest in the future

Arada Stoves’ Jon Butterworth explains why stoves are becoming greener than ever and what it means for you and your build The European Union’s Ecodesign Directive Standards aren’t coming in to force until 2022, but the UK stove industry is... View Article

New beginnings

James Parker visits a self-builder who overcame a bereavement to complete a beautiful timber-framed home in Cambridgeshire Self-build projects are normally demanding and stressful, especially if it’s your first time. Nikki Scrivens had to cope with a bereavement in addition... View Article

Sustainable luxury

With the demand for sustainable products on the increase and the desire for luxury still prevailing, Marc Howlett of William Holland asks if the two can co-exist in bathrooms In today’s environmentally aware culture, the concept of luxury has undoubtedly... View Article
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