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Everything you need under one roof

Looking for guidance on your self-build? The National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon is the place to go for help with any aspect of a project, as Roseanne Field reports The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC),... View Article

The best laid plans

For many self-builders, finding a plot to build on is the biggest hurdle, but for one retired couple using their own land proved just as problematic, for a host of reasons. Roseanne Field reports Set back from the main A22... View Article

Sustainable building – it’s all in the mind

Ben Warren, Managing Director at global building materials manufacturer, Baumit UK, offers a guide to sustainable construction for the self-builder. According to a Green Building Council report, more than one home every minute will require refurbishment in the UK if... View Article

Chapter two: preparing for demolition

When we heard from first-time self-builders Sarah and Andy Ball in the last issue, they were at a crossroads, unsure if their Derby build would go ahead. Things have changed however, and the demolition notices are in When we left... View Article

Shower power

Ashley Prescott of Power-Pipe discusses how waste water heat recovery can stop you throwing money down the drain every time you shower In terms of the practicalities, waste water heat recovery (WWHR) couldn’t be more straightforward. A WWHR system is... View Article

Tapping into the market

Chris Tranter of Bristan explains how focusing on homeowners’ needs when it comes to bathroom products can help towards a house purchase. A new home isn’t just a financial investment for consumers – it can be a huge emotional attachment... View Article

Developing strategies for better internal environments

David Mowatt of Lareine Engineering, discusses the dual roles of daylighting & ventilation in creating healthy and safe internal environments. Every building, whatever its purpose, must provide a controlled internal environment that is protected from the variable and uncontrollable external... View Article

Slate in demand

According to industry reports, demand for roof tiles is considerably higher than supply. This causes projects to be delayed, which also impacts overall costs. In this article, Nigel Tozer of Cupa Pizarras explains how careful specification can avoid these issues.... View Article

Rock-solid insulation credentials

With clients demanding versatility as well as robust credentials from insulation, Paul Barrett of Rockwool puts stone wool under the microscope. ingredient of stone wool insulation is a hard, dark volcanic rock – basalt – that is formed when lava... View Article

Timber covers all the bases

Stephen Toone of canopy manufacturer Fordingbridge describes how timber’s versatility of application and lasting appeal is increasingly seeing it specified. There is no doubt that timber’s strong sustainability credentials are the material’s key advantage when compared to mainstream building materials... View Article

How to clean laminate floors

Laminate floors require regular maintenance to prevent scratching or damage, and a key part of this is cleaning the surface itself. Generally, you should aim to clean your laminate floor with a dry mop once every few days or so.... View Article

Breaking the thermal mould

Heat lost through conventionally-wrapped parapets is a common complaint among architects, so an efficient space-saving alternative is welcome, says Schöck’s Chris Willett. In a similar way to the thermal insulation issues manifested with balconies, in the case of parapet connections... View Article

Protecting Welsh national heritage at St Fagans

Stuart Hicks from liquid waterproofing membranes specialist, Kemper System, discusses the roofing project at the ‘Gweithdy’, the latest addition to St Fagans National History Museum, Wales’s most popular heritage attraction.  Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, is made up of... View Article

SuDS: for better neighbourhoods

Embedding SuDS in urban design can bring substantial benefits if adopted from the outset, explains Interpave’s Chris Hodson. Taking a holistic approach, designers can now embrace sustainable urban drainage solutions as one of the central design considerations from the very... View Article

Good for wood

Bathroom experts Saniflo explain why shower cubicles are an ideal bathroom solution for timber frame buildings. The advancements in timber manufacturing and recent developments such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) have encouraged developers to adopt structural timber frame for a growing number... View Article

Cutting through the hype: key trends for bathroom design

From slim ceramics to the growing market of shower toilets, Emma Mottram of Laufen explores the latest innovations in bathroom design. In recent years, the bathroom has become much more than a functional space. The latest trends and technological innovations... View Article

Shattering conventions

Neil Puttock of Boavista Windows, explains why fibreglass window frames have stirred a revolution in the glazing industry. An American engineer and professor by the name of William Edwards Deming once said, “Innovation comes from the producer – not the... View Article

A good case for the blues

Phillip Wilcox-Moore of Axter offers advice on how ‘blue roofs’ can elevate a scheme’s sustainability credentials by retaining rain water. Our climate is rapidly changing. Climatologists are predicting wetter winters, significantly increased rainfall over short periods and a certainty of... View Article
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