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The energy revolution underway in glass extensions

Christian Wiegel at Solurlux discusses glass as a construction material in the context of a research project on the development of ‘energy self-sufficient’ glass extensions. Constructions made of glass have their own special charm. As a trained architect and engineer,... View Article

Materials 2017 promises a convincing debut

Materials 2017 will debut this month in London, as an event with a comprehensive approach to materials for architecture, construction and design. Materials 2017 arrives in London on 25 and 26 April, transforming the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court into... View Article

The natural alternative: healthy results

With greater focus placed on healthier environments in addition to performance and sustainability, there has been increasing interest in lesser-known technologies. Mark Lynn describes the compelling benefits of natural insulation. We have long been familiar with the use of natural... View Article

Vinyl is back in fashion

From music to flooring, vinyl has made a comeback, and it is more versatile than ever. Flooring specialists Gerflor examine the trends . Bold design statements can either pay off stunningly well or, much like the derided 1970s pebble-dash, backfire... View Article

Showcasing key brick trends

The annual Brick Awards celebrate every aspect of brick design and construction and showcase some of the key trends. These trends were evident in the Brick Development Association’s 2016 awards held in November, particularly these highly commended and award winning... View Article

Checking out at the library

The new library at the University of Birmingham is wrapped in cladding that offers an interesting new variation on granite in four different finishes. Brian Newell of Shackerley looks at the aesthetics and function. The University of Birmingham’s landmark Edgbaston... View Article

Stairways to design efficiency

Phil Waind of Waind Gohil + Potter Architects describes how the firm has developed a ‘design for manufacture’ approach to optimise the creation of staircases as a key element of buildings for users. Waind Gohil + Potter Architects believes it’s... View Article

Natural routes to restoration

Two case studies in Wales and central London have recently seen the use of natural slate roofing to provide the right result for their respective renovation needs. Two prestigious heritage projects have recently benefitted from major refurbishments employing natural slate... View Article

Tackling staircase challenges

Nick Bligh of JELD-WEN discusses how involving manufacturers at the early planning stages of a project can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth delivery of a structurally sound staircase. Stairs can be viewed as a complicated element of... View Article

The rise and rise of CLT buildings

Dr Keerthi Ranasinghe discusses how cross-laminated timber is helping architects go to new lengths Architects’ desire to create sustainable structures has pushed technological innovations beyond the imaginable. Cross-laminated timber, or CLT for short, has been drawing a lot of attention... View Article

A material world

Brendon Robins of Spatial Design Architects explores some of the recent trends when it comes to specifying key building materials for house designs There is a phrase ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ and it is true that major... View Article

Green credentials with green oak

Darren Hook of English Heritage Buildings looks at why green oak is not only an attractive material with strong heritage, it is also a great option if you’re looking to up your eco credentials When considering building an eco home... View Article

Flawless flooring

If you are planning a contemporary luxury interior floors are the crucial element to get right, with seamless finishes and natural looks being key current trends. Tom Kitchener of Aliva UK looks at recent examples When architects EligoStudio designed the... View Article

Open the door to aluminium

Manying Siu of bi-folding door and lantern roof supplier Made For Trade discusses how the shift towards high quality aluminium home improvements will benefit renovators and homeowners ‘Don’t move, improve’ is a mantra that .couldn’t be more relevant today. Recent... View Article

The lowdown on tile trends

Jayne Adamson of British Ceramic Tile looks at some of the upcoming trends in tiles for new builds in 2017 Which material? Choosing what material to use on walls and floors is as important as planning room layouts or selecting... View Article

Winners in wood design: 45th Annual Wood Awards

The winners of the 45th annual Wood Awards will be revealed in November. Ahead of the ceremony, Sarah Johnson exclusively previews the shortlisted projects in the Buildings Competition section. The Wood Awards have been celebrating excellence in British wood-based architecture... View Article

Oriented towards design

Stuart Devoil of Smartply explains how the humble sheet of OSB has become a design solution as engineered timber panels are being used across the building sector, from the construction of energy efficient and low carbon homes to site hoardings... View Article
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