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A solid future for rainscreen

Andy Noble of CD (UK), the distributor of Corian in the UK and Ireland, investigates a relatively new solution for ventilated facades which offers fascinating possibilities. Meeting a set of challenging demands for the building envelope, from aesthetics to thermal... View Article

Tackling local issues for airtightness compliance

As Building Regulations have imposed ever-tougher energy performance criteria on the building envelope, the significance of localised areas of reduced insulation or thermal bridging leading to air leakage has become even more crucial. A. Proctor Group reports. The energy consumed... View Article

Be smart, save energy

Karen Chugg of Intelligent Abodes discusses how using smart home technology in your self-build can save energy It was not that long ago that a smart home was considered aspirational but now, with all the latest products on the market,... View Article

Ahead in the cloud: access control evolves

John Whitby at dormakaba looks at the development of cloud-based access control systems, and the important benefits they can have for customers. The rapid pace of technological innovation in recent years has resulted in an increase in the capabil- ity... View Article

Finding the right radiator

Choosing radiators might sound like an easy job, but with a ever-increasing number of options available it’s not as simple as it seems. Simon Morris of The Radiator Company offers his advice When it comes to choosing radiators, it’s no... View Article

Practice Profile – Cove Burgess

James Parker spoke to Tim Burgess, one of the founders of a young practice which has quickly evolved from a two-man set up to a firm making its name in London and beyond. CoveBurgess Architects has been in existence for... View Article

5 planet-friendly design tips for a greener bathroom in 2018

It seems that ‘going green’ has never been more popular, particularly when it comes to home design. Tipped as one of the hottest upcoming interior design and architecture trends, ‘eco-friendly’ building practices are not only fashionable and incredibly functional, but... View Article

Getting under your feet

The considerable benefits of underfloor heating are now widely understood but should you install a wet or electric system? Gaia Climate Solutions’ Steven Rooney weighs up the options While many people now appreciate the benefits an underfloor heating (UFH) system... View Article

Breathe easy

Phil Harrison of EnviroVent offers advice on the best ways to achieve optimum ventilation and energy efficiency when upgrading the home or undertaking a self-build Agrowing number of homeowners and self-builders are realising that ventilation is an essential part of... View Article

It’s all about wellbeing

Oliver Ronald of Boss Design discusses how employee wellbeing is heavily influencing workplace design and office furniture specification. Many of us spend a large proportion of our lives in the office – up to 40 hours per week or more... View Article

Efficiency expectations

Maria Holton of Luceco explains how the importance of lighting comfort in the workplace has grown in importance, alongside the focus on efficiency. The minimum requirement of an office space should be to enable professionals to be able to work... View Article

First impressions

Franz Lorenschitz of Allgood explores the power of ironmongery to offer the right first impression to users across a range of settings. Door handles are often the visitor’s first physical contact with a building, and consequently provide an instant first... View Article

Smooth operators

Martin Cummins of Bostik looks at why smoothing compounds are advisable for workplace floors, and the key specification considerations to achieve the right result. The stage preceding the application of a floorcovering is an often overlooked but critical part of the... View Article

Successful soundproofing

Designing the ideal workplace acoustics is a complex challenge, but getting the right balance of aesthetics and effective soundproofing is crucial for business success, as Hush Acoustics’ Robert Crampton explains. Soundproofing is often overlooked when it comes to designing the... View Article

What the papers say

I Want Wallpaper’s head of design Alex Whitecroft takes a look at the key 2018 trends for wallpaper and explains the benefits of being bold and brave with your choices Wallpaper has been the product of choice for interior designers... View Article

A juggling act

Despite working as long-haul flight attendants and running their own business, Nick Housley and his partner took on the challenge of turning their Sussex bungalow into a ‘des res’. Roseanne Field reports Self-build is in Nick Housley’s blood, his parents... View Article

The case for precast staircases

Jeremy Milbank of Milbank Concrete Products looks at reasons for specifying concrete staircases and what factors to bear in mind when doing so. Precast concrete staircases have the twin compelling benefits of being highly durable and fireproof, as well as... View Article

Safety first in the bathroom

Yvonne Orgill of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association explains why know how on CE marking of bathroom products can be safety-critical You are probably used to looking for a CE mark on toys and electrical appliances. But did you know that... View Article

Rendered beautiful

Rachel Wilson of K Rend discusses the rise in render’s popularity for new buildings, and its use in creating desirable as well as long-lasting finishes. Once a favoured product for existing buildings, rendering has now become a mainstream finish for... View Article

Investing in the right people

When City types Rachel and Lee Oliver decided to build their rural home, putting faith in their architect and builder to make the right decisions proved to be the making of their project. Roseanne Field reports Pulling into the driveway... View Article
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