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Timber to composite – the evolution of building materials

Although timber is a fundamental material in residential and commercial building projects, common issues such as rot, splintering and discolouration can be a concern for housebuilders and developers. With many now looking for innovative alternatives that have the longevity to... View Article

Refurb or renew?

When flat roofs fail, the task of stripping, disposing of and replacing it is a costly and time-consuming process. This is particularly true for hospitals. Here, Rod Friel of Wolfin discusses a solution that can save on time, money and... View Article

Walking on sunshine

With various options available, walk-on rooflights can offer an abundance of light to dark spaces while still allowing for movement above. Chris Chaney of Sunsquare explains how Rooflights have been maximising daylight in architecture for years but now the need... View Article

Seal the voids, stop the fires

Chris Hall of Siderise highlights the critical importance of fire stops in tall buildings and the considerations that specifiers need to bear in mind. As tall buildings are set to continue to play a significant role in meeting our housing... View Article

Underpinning the evolution of the modern workplace

With the evolution of modern offices arguably having come full circle, Jeremy Broadhead of Heckmondwike considers how flooring has addressed workspace trends. The impact of the physical workspace on employee productivity, morale and motivation has been the subject of much... View Article

Rural charm without the harm

Solid fuel stoves are gaining in popularity in urban areas, but do they contribute to pollution? Phil Lowe of Schiedel Chimney Systems tackles some misconceptions. Despite the wide variety of heating systems available today, nothing quite compares to the distinct... View Article

Behind the secret fix

Panel Systems unravels how recent technological advancements became the catalyst for uninterrupted exteriors, and where this trend is heading. Newness has always attracted the eye, which is why buildings are often designed with a contemporary aesthetic. There is an assumption that contemporary... View Article

More than just a garage

Andrew Guppy of The Classic Barn Company discusses the options and considerations when specifying a detached garage Garages may not immediately seem like the most interesting part of a self-build, but with a little imagination and creativity, adding a detached... View Article

A grand adventure

Building your own home should be the perfect opportunity to fulfil your wishlist – however wild and wacky. This is how the Aylmer family approached creating their holiday home on the north Cornish Coast, as Ewen MacDonald reports From the... View Article

Waterproofing for the ages

For decades, mastic asphalt has proved its credentials as an underground waterproofing membrane that can last a lifetime, as the Mastic Asphalt Council explains. The fluctuations of the water table – and the devastating effects high water tables can have... View Article

Stealth social housing – Long Lane, Southwark, London

Teodora Lyubomirova looks at how architects Levitt Bernstein applied care and precision to create a tenure-blind affordable social housing scheme on a space-constrained site in the heart of London. From a leather trade mecca in the 19th century to a... View Article

Working it from home

The hottest interior trends are making their way into the home office and what’s more, they could actually be aiding your productivity. Abby Chinery looks at the most desirable decor trends that you should be adopting. When it comes to... View Article

100% Design: the innovation showcase

UK’s largest design trade show returns to Olympia London on 20-23 September to dazzle with a global line-up of exhibitors and speakers united under the theme of ‘Elements’. Now in its 23rd year, 100% Design is the commercial cornerstone of the London... View Article

Pump it up

Max Halliwell of Mitsubishi Electric answers your questions on air source heat pumps and explains their particular benefits for self-builders What is so good about air source heat pumps versus traditional heating options for self-builders? The future of heating is... View Article

The sky’s the limit for zinc

Jonathan Lowy of VMZinc explains how Zinc can now be specified far more easily for a wide range of projects, whether it’s for a transformation of a tower block or creating a vibrant interior. Cast your mind back 15 years and... View Article

Sustained support for aluminium glazing systems

Mark Robinson of Sapa Group puts the case for aluminium as one of the most versatile as well as sustainable materials available to specifiers, explaining why the metal is increasingly featuring on the UK’s cutting-edge architectural projects. ‘Chain of custody’... View Article

The art of facades

Simon Gregory of Proteus Facades looks at how advances in facade materials and finishes are allowing architects to ‘sell the dream’ to clients of integrating art and design in our cityscapes, as demonstrated on a new research unit in London.... View Article

Rolling out the benefits

Darren Tutt of the Lead Sheet Association looks at the dos and don’ts of working with rolled lead sheet that will enable architects to get the best out of it. Rolled lead sheet is a beautiful material to work with,... View Article
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