Enlightened efficiency

Martyn Frear of CP Electronics explains how efficient, effective and beneficial lighting control can be in the education sector, and how it impacts on design of school buildings The design of school buildings is advancing fast, with quicker construction via... View Article

The hot topic

With awareness of smoke and fire protection needs at an all time high, Steve Bright of A Perry & Co explains how safety goes beyond alarms. The tragic events at Grenfell Tower in the summer of 2017 placed the spotlight... View Article

Be safety smart

As smart home security continues to accelerate towards becoming the ‘norm’, Will Butler of ERA Home Security encourages house builders to respond to consumer expectations by offering an ‘added value’ option to purchasers. It’s not that long ago that having any... View Article

A green partnership

Heat pumps are often paired with underfloor heating, but a system featuring low-H2O radiators could provide greater comfort, control and efficiency. Jaga UK’s Claire Owen discusses why implementing renewable heating needs a ‘whole system approach’ to work best. Many people... View Article

Safe as houses

With the number of thefts and burglaries rising, prioritising home security has arguably never been more important. Dr Steffan George of the Master Locksmiths association offers advice on securing homes during construction and over the long term. While cases of... View Article

Halls of elegance

Student accommodation and flooring have improved to a level which is almost unrecognisable compared with a few years ago, reports Nav Dhillon of Gerflor Forget the drab, dull and dreary student accommodation of yesteryear; things have changed – the students... View Article

Bathrooms for all

Mark Bowman of Marmox offers some advice on ensuring that design and installation of bathrooms both large and small is a success From the Supreme Court of America to the smaller council chambers across rural England, the issues regarding the... View Article

Dry-fix popularity through the roof

New standards in construction combined with increasingly adverse weather has seen dry-fix systems grow in popularity. Mark Parsons of Russell Roof Tiles takes a look at why more house builders are specifying such products. In the face of ever-changing weather... View Article

The direct route to a sustainable solution for schools

Carole Armstrong of Delabie UK considers the compelling advantages of direct flush over cistern flush WCs for projects in the education sector In the education sector, WCs account for over two thirds of total water consumption. Traditional cistern flush mechanisms... View Article

View Point – Nigel Ostime from Hawkins\Brown

Nigel Ostime, delivery director at architects Hawkins\Brown and chair of the RIBA Client Liaison Group, looks at how a ‘chain of custody’ approach is fundamental to a new toolkit created to ensure a focus on quality in projects Last December... View Article

Where have you BIM?

Gary Dean of OnLevel UK looks at the rise of Building Information Modelling and urges those not yet utilising it to get on board. BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a smart 3D model- based procedure that provides the architect, engineer,... View Article

Finding Funding

Go Develop’s Jason Tebb explains why joint venture funding could be the future of development financing. There is currently real momentum within the UK housebuilding industry, following significant governmental drives on planning, Help to Buy and wider policy changes after... View Article

Shedding some light

Martyn Haworth from Bison Frames answers your questions about the wide range of window and door options available to self-builders, while describing some of the benefits of different styles and materials, and what to watch out for. Windows and doors... View Article

Underlying benefits

Shane Oxberry of YPS Plumbing supplies recaps the many compelling benefits of underfloor heating. Neat, economical to run, reliable and green, it’s tempting to recommend underfloor heating (UFH) for every new build, renovation or extension. Unless you demand period cast... View Article

Don’t forget your thermals

Karen Everitt of Ravatherm UK explains the importance of correct insulation specification in achieving high thermal performance. Housebuilding is on the rise. Research suggests that by 2050 there could be a 23 per cent increase in UK households, and the... View Article

Improving indoor air quality for long-term gain

John Moss from EnviroVent discusses condensation and mould growth, and what social housing providers can do about it The English Housing Survey (EHS) has revealed recently that damp continues to be a problem for at least one million homes in... View Article

A brighter future for our kids

Imma Boada of Kingspan Light + Air looks at how the need for effective daylight within our schools extends far beyond issues of academic attainment In 1999, Heschong Mahone Group conducted a comprehensive study that analysed the academic performance of... View Article

More than just doors

Holly Graham at Premdor explains why doors can be the key design feature which will define a space, while reflecting an interior design vision Great interiors rely on balance and getting the essentials of the room right, and it’s a... View Article

Taking a circular route to emergency care efficiency

A new hospital in Cramlington, Northumberland, is the first in the NHS to be purpose-designed for emergency cases. Neil Harvey of Ramboll explains how the building simplifies the route from admission to specialists using a ‘panopticon’ ward design The Northumbria Specialist... View Article