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Attractive options for energy-efficient house design

Vanessa Howard of Roof Maker explores how taking a rigorously ecological approach to design can improve energy efficiency without compromising on aesthetics and individuality, focusing on rooflights. In 2017 the average UK household spent £102 per month on electricity and... View Article

Strawberry Fields forever home

When a couple decided to build their Beatles-inspired ‘forever’ home in a north London suburb, the speed at which their kit home took shape left them suitably impressed. Roseanne Field reports. From the street, Mr and Mrs Young’s house, while... View Article

View Point – Richard Harral of CABE

Richard Harral of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) says the lessons we need to learn from Dame Judith Hackitt’s post-Grenfell review must include a wider look at our society’s relationship with its buildings, and regulatory reform Attention has been... View Article

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS at Healthcare Estates

Healthcare Estates is only a month away, and this year the event celebrates the 70th birthday of the NHS – and the 75th birthday of the service’s professional estates body The theme of the conference is “Our Heritage, Your Future”.... View Article

GraftersLIVE showcases Northern Powerhouse

GraftersLIVE opens the doors to a what’s being called a ‘new concept in trade shows’ in Manchester Autumn brings with it a feeling of anticipation. People return refreshed from holidays, the new term starts, and Manchester opens its doors to... View Article

The big design event shakes things up

London’s design-focused event 100% Design announces a “shake-up to its core programming” with new exhibitions 100% Futures and 100% Forward, all located within the newly formed West Kensington Design District 100% Design, thought to be the UK’s longest running annual... View Article

Setting the standards for structural timber

Structural Timber Association board member and managing director for Kingspan Timber Solutions and Potton, Mark Stevenson answers self-builders’ queries on how to use structural timber, and why solutions are increasingly likely to be factory-built. The Structural Timber Association (STA) has... View Article

Whole earth approach

A new district has been created near Montpellier that brings together 400 homes of different tenures, in a holistic design that helps buildings blend into a former quarry site. Jack Wooler reports The new Mas de Rochet district in Castelnau-le-Lez,... View Article

Playing partner

When it was commissioned to double the size of an established golf resort with ambitions to host the Ryder Cup, architects ReardonSmith paid sympathetic tribute to the original historic manor house The daunting brief from the owner of Adare Manor,... View Article

The enduring warmth of wood

Katherine Mathews of Kährs UK explains why engineered wood comes out on top for a great looking, hard wearing floor covering that can offer the ‘human touch’ to interiors Despite its having been used for centuries, many architects and designers... View Article

Behind the headlines

Mark Blewitt of ESSE explains why environmental issues attributed to wood burning stoves are not as straightforward as they seem, and the impact of a new eco standard It is true that recent headlines relating to wood burning stoves have... View Article

Pushing the envelope with future facades

Aliva UK’s James Ormerod reports on how, while trends in facades are ever changing, environmental standards and end user demands call for new materials, fixing systems and different approaches, but signature facades can be created that will stand the test... View Article

Roofing elements of designing to Passivhaus

As designing to the Passivhaus standard continues to grow in popularity, not only for residential builds but also increasingly for commercial constructions, architect Nicolas Tye shares insights on the specific considerations a Passivhaus-accredited roof requires Over the last few years,... View Article

Ask the Architects

Leading female UK architects share their experiences of being a woman in the profession, and the challenges that still exist for achieving gender diversity. Participants: Sadie Morgan, co-founder, dRMM Architects; Jane Duncan, director at Jane Duncan Architects & RIBA past president; Fionn... View Article

Exhibitors and experts set to inspire

Grand Designs Live will be back at Birmingham’s NEC from 10 -14 October as part of UK Construction Week, providing everything self-builders need for their project, all under one roof. Grand Designs Live, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, will return... View Article

Supporting future delivery: the build show

The Government is injecting significant investment into construction technology, and housebuilders tasked with delivering on this agenda will want to take full advantage of this year’s Build Show, as part of UK Construction week. Build Show, sponsored by Easy-Trim, is... View Article

Safe and Sound with Part Q

Kevin Bonnar of Velfac explains why housebuilders should make a virtue of Part Q of the Building regulations, to underline the security benefits of their developments. Safety and security are a top priority for most homeowners, especially when it comes... View Article

Get smart on connected homes

We are now fully immersed in a world with a growing interest in all sorts of connected technologies. In terms of domestic heating, many prospective house buyers want to control a heating system from their smartphone or set it up... View Article

The high performance alternative

Paddy Leighton of Icynene takes a look at heat loss in buildings, and how new, high performance insulation systems can improve comfort levels in both retrofit and new-build applications. When Britain began its post war building boom, coal was king... View Article

Turning floods into an asset

Management of and protection from localised flooding is a rising concern for housebuilders, but suds and flood control doesn’t have to be only about moving water to safety. Sean Robinson of Polypipe argues that new housing estates provide the perfect... View Article
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