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

Understanding upholstery

From frames to flammability, Phil Reynolds from the Furniture Industry Research Association answers your upholstery queries Firstly, what type of frame should I go for? The frame is the ‘skeleton’ of a suite, to which all the different suspension and... View Article

Island Life – JW Marriott Venice resort and spa

James Parker interviews the architect behind an award-winning hotel masterplanning project on a Venetian island which sensitively re-used a variety of old buildings in an elegant new context. An artificial island in Venice’s lagoon is the location of a new... View Article

Pumping station selection

Pump specialist T-T Pumps look at what specifiers need to know when it comes to sewage pumping stations. Selecting a pumping system can be a complex and time-consuming task which can involve several hundred calculations to ensure optimum efficiency, reliability... View Article

The natural alternative: healthy results

With greater focus placed on healthier environments in addition to performance and sustainability, there has been increasing interest in lesser-known technologies. Mark Lynn describes the compelling benefits of natural insulation. We have long been familiar with the use of natural... View Article

Seeing the light on solar control

Adrian Adams of Saint Gobain Building Glass UK explains how the latest solar control glass can help create bright interiors without the heat or glare. Maximising daylight is now considered fundamental to good design as it enhances the comfort of the... View Article

Vinyl is back in fashion

From music to flooring, vinyl has made a comeback, and it is more versatile than ever. Flooring specialists Gerflor examine the trends . Bold design statements can either pay off stunningly well or, much like the derided 1970s pebble-dash, backfire... View Article

Future Watch – Teodora Lyumbomirova on acoustics

With the housing crisis forcing developers to build homes at higher density, Teodora Lyubomirova examines how architects and clients need to look beyond the limitations of current regulations to achieve good acoustics Since the last substantial change to Approved Document... View Article