Efficiently-shaped homes could significantly reduce energy consumption


Energy demand in new homes could be halved if more focus is put on the shape and form of housing being built, the latest report from the NHBC Foundation has found.

The current Building Regulations methodology used to demonstrate energy/carbon compliance does not give credit for the energy efficiency inherent in simple forms of homes, and there has been little incentive for designers to use this as part of their low-energy strategies. This study shows that for the same floor …



As the demand for ‘British-made’ furniture and furnishings remains strong, the best in ‘home-grown’ talent can be found at the UK’s number one furniture and furnishings event, The January Furniture Show.

Celebrating a booming British furniture manufacturing trade – which according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is worth £6.5 billion – The January Furniture Show offers designer, architects and specifiers the first opportunity to see up-and-coming trends in British-made designs.…

Smith’s Space Saver SS80 goes Dutch and Swedish

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Smith’s Fan Convectors market-leading Space Saver plinth heater has been given a profile boost in the Dutch and Swedish markets.

A new slim-line version of the Smith’s Space Saver was launched last year – the Smith’s Space Saver SS80 – making it the only plinth heater in Europe that fits IKEA-style 80mm plinth heights. The Space Saver SS80 fits much narrower plinths found in kitchen designs popular in Scandinavia and Germany. Like its taller counterparts, installing the Space Saver SS80 …

ALPRO launch their new range of concealed and rim mounted exit devices


Innovation and quality at competitive prices

 The Alpro Hardware Division of IEC Limited has announced the release of the new Alpro range of CE tested exit devices in both concealed vertical rod and rim mounted models.

Panic hardware is a vital and important product in the design and installation of exit doors.

Designed to allow the safe and speedy exit of personnel down an escape route in the event of

a major emergency.

It has been designed to enable the …

Homebuyers in Kent are saving on average £4,100 off the asking price.


Over the past six months, savvy homebuyers in Kent have saved, on average, £4,100 off the original asking price – that’s according to the latest data from EstateAgent4Me.co.uk

EstateAgent4Me.co.uk looked at the top six performing agents in Kent and compared their asking prices with the final sale price – and found that on average they achieved 98.5% of the asking price. Against the backdrop of average house prices of £270,000 in Kent this means that homebuyers, on average, saved £4,100 …



ANDY Swift, national sales manager of ISO-CHEMIE, is optimistic that the UK foam sealants market in 2017 will see growth despite cost pressures and uncertainty in the wake of Brexit.

While trading conditions are always challenging, the outlook for the next 12 months is ‘very promising’, says Andy Swift, whose company supplies foam sealants for public and private sector projects alongside window and door installers.

The market place will continue to recover from the turbulence of the last few years, …

NHBC welcomes two new Non-Executive Directors to its Board


NHBC today announced that Crest Nicholson’s Chief Executive Stephen Stone and Notting Hill Housing’s Chief Executive, Kate Davies have joined its Board as Non-Executive Directors.

Stephen has over 30 years’ experience in the house building and construction industries and was appointed CEO at Crest Nicholson in 2005. He is also a Director at the Home Builders Federation and a Chartered Architect.

Kate joined Notting Hill Housing as CEO in 2004 and was previously Chief Executive of Servite Houses and Director …

MSCP Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Multi storey car park, London

Architects: Haptic Architects

Recladding of a multi storey car park

Over 1,000 high quality perforated aluminium sheets from RMIG were used for Haptic Architect’s competition winning scheme for the recladding of a multi storey car park. The triangular perforated sheets have been powder coated with four different shades of silver to intensify the three-dimensionality of the facade, giving it a contemporary feel. The positioning of the panels creates an ever-changing pattern of light and shadow.…

Polyseam will be launching three new innovative products at the Build Show 2016


Polyseam, the company behind the GRAFT brand of premium sealants, adhesives and fillers and Protecta passive fire protection products will be introducing three dynamic new products to the UK market at The Build Show 2016 (stand number B4/100). Each of these products have gone through months of development and testing and is now accredited and ready for release.

The products being launched at the show are;

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Protecta Wood Paint FR-1, this is a premium acrylic paint for walls and ceilings …

The programmable EasyZAPP – making Energy Saving Easy


DANLERS are pleased to announce the launch of their EasyZAPP range of PIR occupancy switches. Designed for the automatic control of lighting or other connected loads, these controls are set up or adjusted remotely using a free app on an Android phone or tablet.

EasyZAPP products work as presence detector switches and can be adjusted for settings such as photocell override, time lag and maintained lux levels (dimmable versions only).


The phone or tablet can also be used as a …

New home registrations 20% up for August, reports NHBC


Almost 12,500 new homes were registered to be built in the UK in August according to NHBC’s latest registration statistics, an increase of 20% compared to the same month last year.

A total of 12,486 new homes (9,225 private sector; 3,261 public sector) were registered in August, compared to 10,391 (8,385 private sector; 2,006 public sector) 12 months ago.

Overall, there were 36,869 new home registrations in the rolling quarter (June 2016 – August 2016), compared to 40,123 in

The future trends in housing identified by Reynaers at Home architect survey


Industry professionals have shared their predictions for the future of residential architecture in a national survey from Reynaers at Home.

The majority of respondents said that sustainability was high on the agenda for the houses of tomorrow.

Looking at the current industry, architects agreed that energy efficiency is still a critical consideration when designing a project, with 48% of respondents citing it as the most popular trend.

When asked “What does the future hold for housing design?” almost half …



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The Flagship Group & Kensa Heat Pumps upgrade new build heating The most ground source heat networks in one site complete in just 9 weeks


Kensa Heat Pumps has completed a nine week heating upgrade programme featuring 11 of the Flagship Group’s properties on an estate in Fressingfield built in 2010. The project showcases the most combinations of communal ground source heat networks installed on one site to date, securing Flagship access to 20 years of income through the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), upfront grants through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), and generating fuel savings of £350 a year for the tenants.

The …

Hitachi showcases new heat pump product line-up at UK Construction Week


Hitachi’s expanded Yutaki air source heat pump product range is one of the widest on the market and is being showcased at HVAC 2016 (part of UK Construction Week) at the NEC from 18th-20th October on stand H4/601.

“As a relatively new player in the UK air source heat pumps market, we’re excited to be involved in the HVAC 2016 show which brings together thousands of industry professionals in one central venue. We’ll be showcasing our full …