A property ‘MOT’

Mark Lowe of Pinacl explores how conducting a property ‘MOT’ can provide an overall view of the health of a property portfolio Everyone requires a home that is at least fit for purpose, but unfortunately that isn’t the case for... View Article

Ask the manufacturer: Adapting to change

Though the construction industry is now back on site, Covid-19 has not left it unscarred. AO.com managing director Anthony Sant speaks to HMM Features Editor Jack Wooler on how the virus has brought supply to the fore, and what the... View Article

A proactive approach to fire safety

The Regulator of Social Housing’s third temporary monthly survey found challenges around gaining physical access to properties across the UK due to the risks posed by the Coronavirus pandemic. Here, Nick Rutter of FireAngel explores what connected and cost-effective fire... View Article

The ‘new normal’ in access control

Intratone takes a look at how the latest access control technology can ensure tenant security and safety as we emerge from lockdown Tenant safety and security have always been a priority for housing and property managers – everyone has a... View Article

Presenting social value

Andrew Morrison of AM Bid explains how to present social value within your bids Social value is the benefit of a contract on the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the local community. Buyers want to see legacy from the... View Article

Legionella concerns post-lockdown

Legionnaires’ disease could be on the rise in post-lockdown properties, according to a recent report by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). HMM Features Editor Jack Wooler investigates why this is, and the actions required under law for landlords... View Article

Building productive IT Infrastructure post-Covid

In 2020, the Covid-19 lockdown significantly impacted businesses operating in the construction industry, with several non-essential building projects being placed on hold. Now, as the sector begins to adapt to a new normal, Matt Newman, Account Director at IT Managed Service... View Article

Firestopping and the design of penetration seals

A service penetration through a fire-separating element may well be viewed as a minor element of a compartment wall or floor, but their importance cannot be understated. We talk to Bob Westcombe, UK Fire Protection Manager at ROCKWOOL about mechanical... View Article

Extinguishing fire safety myths

Fire Safety has and always will be a well-documented subject, with various experts and regulatory bodies sharing key insights that save lives. Despite this, practical knowledge can sometimes be overshadowed by false information and myth. Karen Trigg of Allegion UK... View Article

Mind the gap: specifying window sealants

Andrew Swift, sales and operations manager, UK and Ireland – ISO-Chemie, offers advice for architects and designers specifying sealant tapes for windows and doors in residential homes and commercial buildings. Issues around airtightness and energy efficiency remain top of the... View Article

Conserving the nation’s history

Adrian Attwood, Executive Director at DBR Ltd, explains the nuances of conservation construction and the pitfalls to avoid From palaces to places of worship, the UK is filled with a plethora of centuries-old landmarks taught about in schools and visited... View Article

Revamp, don’t replace

Lindsay Appleton of William Smith Group looks at how vinyl wrapping can enhance interior designs using architectural finishes, as part of the trend to reuse and recover furniture on sustainability grounds, rather than rip out and replace The trend for... View Article

The best bricks for your build

Jason Hughes of Imperial Bricks has tips on choosing bricks for your self-build Many self-build projects may be on hold while we work through the COVID-19 crisis, with homebuilders and renovators using the time to research the right products for... View Article

Balustrading best practice

Dominic Meakins of Demon Designs explores the different factors to be aware of when specifying glass or appointing a glass contractor for your self-build, in particular when it comes to getting glass balustrades right Stunning, unique features can be achieved... View Article

Climate control

A new Canadian engineering faculty building will research and develop solutions for clean power innovation, as part of the Government’s response to climate change. ADF’s Sébastien Reed speaks to its architect Venelin Kokalov about a project that uses glazing to... View Article

Offsite manufacturing mitigates risk of working from height

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive reveal roofers account for 24% of work-related deaths in the construction industry. Working at height can be a perilous activity, particularly for the operators making lengthy modifications to products which could have been... View Article

Mind the gap

Comfort is the difference between building a home not a house, and thermal comfort plays a huge role in this. Here, Debbie Phillips, National Business Development Manager from Keylite Roof Windows looks at the best approach to ensure your selfbuilds... View Article