Water and gas protection

Kevin Dodds of Delta Membrane Systems explores the complexities and challenges around structural waterproofing for developments which also require ground gas protection. Waterproofing structures offers protection to structural components, buildings, and installations from the penetration of water. They reduce risk,... View Article

Improving accessible homes with platform lifts

Sean O’Sullivan of The Platform Lift Company highlights the main considerations when specifying a platform lift and what can be achieved in terms of design, installation and ongoing maintenance When you read about the shortage of accessible homes and the... View Article

Protect your investment

HRV Group explains to landlords how vital it is that ventilation systems are serviced regularly The summer was good, glorious in fact. So glorious that we should accept the winter that is coming right? Whatever the autumn and winter season... View Article

HOMES 2018: ensuring a high quality standard of housing

HOMES 2018 is the premier event dedicated to the residential development, strategic asset management and procurement solutions. Housing sector professionals from housing associations, local authorities and the commercial sector will meet and discuss how to build more homes and ensure... View Article

Acoustic vinyl flooring solutions for housing

Kenny Miller of Gerflor argues that vinyl flooring is the right acoustic solution for the housing sector Unwanted sound can have a detrimental effect on people’s health and well-being especially when living where constant nuisance noise can be acute. In... View Article

Streamlining the timber trade

Ian Church of Snows Timber discusses how timber companies are innovating in an increasingly competitive market, and the benefits they are bringing to construction customers, besides pricing. With timber currently at a premium, timber importers and distributors must now compete... View Article

Designing a smoke control system

Steve Knight of Whitesales explains the challenges of smoke control in multi-occupancy buildings. With 53 per cent of fire-related fatalities resulting from individuals being overcome by smoke or toxic fumes, smoke heat exhaust vent systems (SHEVs) make a critical difference... View Article

Ensuring high quality in housing

HOMES 2018 is the premier event dedicated to residential development, strategic asset management and procurement solutions. Housing sector professionals from housing associations, local authorities and the commercial sector will meet to discuss how to build more homes and ensure a... View Article

BS 8612 – A better future for all?

Keith Plummer of ubbink explores the impact recent standards have on dry fix roofing, discussing the benefits that they have brought to projects. British Standards launched BS 8612: Dry-Fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems in order to raise and control... View Article

Not just hot air

ADF reports on how the roofing industry is joining forces to tackle the fire risks posed by gas torch roofing installation methods, with hot air being one alternative Gas torches are a popular tool among roofing professionals for installing bitumen... View Article

Ask the Architect: FaulknerBrowns Architects

Lee McLaughlin, partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects, answers ADF’s questions on what makes him tick, design approaches, and current and future issues What has been the most satisfying project you worked on? Our Hebburn Central project was particularly pleasing in many... View Article

Integrating cladding into the offsite process

Steve Thompson of EOS Facades offers his perspective on the offsite opportunities available to housebuilders in a changing political landscape. Following the Hackitt Report further changes in Building Regulations have been anticipated, and the ban on all combustible materials on... View Article

Performance vs looks: a view

Different buildings have differing needs with respect to aesthetics, performance and function, but few building materials can have as great an impact on all three as glass. Guardian Glass reports on getting the balance right The aesthetics, performance – and... View Article

Shedding light on the case for rooflights

Rooflights are now an essential element to consider in modern designs, says John Godley of Hambleside Danelaw Building Products, explaining the reasons why Rooflights play a vital role in the modern building, but are often overlooked. They are the common... View Article

Sustainable drainage enters the mainstream

Mark Manning of SDS looks at how sustainable drainage is finally being seen as a mainstream option in order to shoulder the impact of climate change The effects of climate change were recently spelled out in no uncertain terms in... View Article

Sound advice for office acoustics

Mike Carrick of Siderise Group discusses how designers and specifiers can create quieter workspaces, improving privacy and delivering exceptional floor-to-floor, room-to-room sound reductions A well-designed office is an important investment that will attract talent and ensure workers are engaged and... View Article

Evolving modular design

Architect James Walsh gives his views on the merits of a component-based approach concept for modular buildings, which could shift them away from their former stigma As the move to modular construction gathers pace, what are the key design drivers... View Article

A sustainable future for water

Glenn Payne from Grohe discusses sustainable solutions for bathrooms as well as the innovations making their way into UK homes Water – our most natural resource, spans 70 per cent of the planet’s surface. Thanks to nature’s wonderful recycling system,... View Article

London Build returns

London’s dedicated construction and design show, London Build, will return to London Olympia from 23rd-24th October, with over 240 speakers and more than 200 hours of CPD content for visitors to benefit from. Since its launch four years ago, London... View Article