Meet the Eco Technology experts

The third Eco Technology Show returns to the Brighton Centre on 26-27 June with over 140 exhibitors and a powerful speaker line up that offers practical information on how to install and use energy saving technology; ideal for those involved... View Article

UFH in conversion projects – the essentials

The most common question asked about the suitability of underfloor heating (UFH) in a building conversion is ‘how can we minimise the floor build up?’ This is an important area to master within a project such as an office to... View Article

Unravelling the options for cast stone specifications

There are three cast stone options available for architectural projects. Simon Scott of Haddonstone explains Cast stone is one of the most versatile building mat-erials available and, in a number of important ways, is markedly superior to quarried stone. One... View Article

The Shadow House: A story of inner city self-build

Having designed large luxurious properties for private clients and worked on complex urban social housing developments, David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill were keen to use their combined experience to create a small, attractive, cost effective and compact home for themselves.... View Article

Rigid approach to damp-proofing

Grant Terry, head of brand development for Marmox (UK) Ltd, advocates a structured approach to dealing with damp and insulation issues Despite theories that global warming could turn our latitudes into some sort of sub-Saharan desert, the past few months have reminded... View Article

How green is your rooftop?

Here we review green roofs as an option for your self-build: why you should consider them, what ranges and varieties are available and the practical issues to be aware of One of the great joys of building your own home has to... View Article

Why are trickle ventilators needed?

Dean Bradley, sales and marketing manager for Glazpart Ltd, explores the requirement for trickle vents and how they can affect a building’s living environment The necessity for trickle ventilators has long been a controversial and somewhat puzzling issue in the window market... View Article

Beauty, quality, character & style

With such an abundant choice of colours, textures and styles, choosing the correct wooden floor for any build can be confusing. Peter Keane, director of wood flooring manufacturers, The Natural Wood Floor Company, looks at the benefits of wooden flooring, how... View Article

Wood burning stoves are a hot topic

Matt Hardy, showroom manager at The Heat Store Ltd, gets into the hot seat to answer questions about specifying a wood burning stove. One of the most important things to consider when having a wood burning stove installed in your... View Article

EcoHaus design challenge launched for 2014

Challenging convention and inspiring innovation The British Homes Awards have been pivotal in providing a catalyst for change in the way we design and construct our homes and in the process recognise and showcase exemplars of best practice In his... View Article

Designing for the future

A cleaner, greener and more sustainable built environment at Ecobuild 2014 Each year Ecobuild hosts the most comprehensive showcase of sustainable construction products in the world. As architects, structural engineers, contractors and developers continue to play a vital role in... View Article

Versatile style

Nicola Seymour of Marbrex explores the potential of decorative yet highly practical internal cladding systems over more traditional wall coverings – from reducing labour costs and timescales to ease of installation; long-term cleaning and maintenance When it comes to creating... View Article

Pooling resources

When two generations of the Wilson family found neither could afford a self build, they did what families do – they pulled together to create a stunning home. By Mark Williams Marion Wilson has abiding memories of looking after her... View Article

Making self build make sense

You may be about to embark on your self build journey but as the experts and self builders at The National Self Build & Renovation Show know, this is just the beginning! Perfectly timed to coincide with the majority of... View Article

Self builders warm to the idea of underfloor heating

Any self build project will benefit from flexible electric underfloor heating. Jenny Smith, marketing services manager at Vent-Axia explains how advances in technology means electric underfloor heating is a choice that is set to grow in popularity Underfloor heating is... View Article

The evolution of the smart home

Rob Sutherland, managing director of Inspired Dwellings, specialists in the design and installation of home technology, shows how smart homes are evolving The smart home has been around as a concept since the 1970s. Early smart homes were primarily limited... View Article

A bright idea

By Lee Green, technical director at Kloeber UK Ltd In the last few years roof lights and sky lights have featured heavily in building design and with good reason. Natural daylight is an essential element of any interior space but... View Article