Educating Architects by Neil Spiller and Nic Clear

This is the first volume to consider comprehensively the role of architectural education in the 21st Century. In recent years, architectural education has been presented with numerous creative opportunities to reconsider itself. These include the increased use of technology within... View Article

Lighting for a digital age

As LED lighting increasingly becomes the solution of choice, it’s important to understand how it works and what makes the difference between good LED lighting systems and disappointing ones. Duncan Chamberlain, director of Philips Lighting explains. Switching on a light... View Article

Green lime mortars show their true colours

Roger Shroff, sales and technical executive of Lime Technology Limited, explains the benefits to using increasingly popular lime mortar, both internally and externally. One of the joys of embarking on the journey of becoming a self-builder has to be the... View Article

Build tight, ventilate right

Graham Copson, technical manager at Klober, explains why it’s worth spending time getting the balance between ventilation and airtightness right. The phrase ‘build tight, ventilate right’ has become synonymous with the construction of low energy buildings, yet awareness of how... View Article

The A-Z of stairs

To help self-builders understand the dos and don’ts when planning and designing the perfect staircase, the BWF Stair Scheme has produced a helpful A to Z guide of everything you need to know about stairs. A is for… Accidents. Stairs... View Article

Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide

Architectural Styles by Owen Hopkins and published by Laurence King in September 2014 makes extensive use of photographs to identify and explain the characteristic features of nearly 300 buildings. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Gothic and... View Article

A brighter future for the construction industry

The construction industry is feeling good about the future, with more than 80% of respondents in a survey conducted by Construction Enquirer and the Build Show reporting a positive outlook for their business over the next 18 months. In an... View Article

Cast your mind forward

Ornate Interiors MD Ronnie Clifford wants you to break the mould… This is a call to arms!  We want you to break the mould and unlock the unlimited potential of your interior spaces. We have a very real chance to... View Article

Manage your build… and most importantly your budget

By James Bryden, Clearplan Project Manager. In a recent survey* of house builders and homeowners, it was found that 75% of respondents overspent. While spending your contingency can be a “joke” at dinner parties, in reality it’s no laughing matter,... View Article

Cut through the jargon of renewable energy

There has never been a better time to incorporate renewable technology into self-builds and refurbishments, thanks to the government’s latest ‘go-green’ initiative. That’s the message from Yorkshire Heat Pumps owner, Michael Wright, who says the new domestic Renewable Heat Incentive... View Article

Willmott Dixon retains carbon neutrality status

Willmott Dixon has remained, what it believes to be, the only construction firm to be carbon neutral after again off-setting its emissions. Since 2012, the company has reduced its carbon intensity – the amount of carbon emissions relative to turnover... View Article