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Stone solultions

Brian G Newell from cladding specialist, Shackerley, compares the use of natural stone with contemporary alternatives that are now being used in ventilated façade systems

A cleaner, greener future?

As homeowners and businesses seek to identify new ways of reducing their carbon foot-prints, Kevin Knapp, CEO of Ecolution Group, looks at renewable energy and the advances set to emerge within the next 20-30 years.

Time to launch a two-pronged waterproofing attack

Les Trayer, business manager at GCP Applied Technologies, shares best practice advice to provide combined protection for below ground concrete structures that are particularly vulnerable to water and corrosion.

Wildlife-friendly housing

A visionary approach to where and how new houses are built is vital if government is to meet its dual ambition of delivering thousands of homes and being the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than we found it, according to Rachel Hackett, Living Landscape development manager, The Wildlife Trusts.

EPS: A versatile alternative

Adrian Walker, sales manager at Sundolitt, discusses the benefits of expanded polystyrene as a fill material

A splash of colour

Brian Bell, head of technical services for Marley Alutec discusses the importance of colour when considering a rainwater system and how the vibrancy and uniformity can be maintained throughout the building’s life

Fire engineered solutions

While the fire strategy for every building must comply with the regulations, there may be opportunities to optimise the design of the building while still achieving full compliance. Here Steve Morgan, associate director at FDS Consult, discusses how experienced fire engineers can tailor the approach to meet the needs of each project.

Timber in the frame

With speed and efficiency in the build process crucial factors in tackling the UK housing crisis, there’s never been a better time to unlock the potential of off-site timber frame construction, according to Steve Griffiths, senior technical manager, Taylor Lane Timber Frame.

Future trends in kitchens

Following recent research from Caesarstone, the designer and manufacturer of premium quartz, into the key trends influencing the global interior-design market, Jon Stanley, VP marketing for Caesarstone, explores the four definitive concepts for commercial and residential kitchen interiors.

Tackling the skills shortage

Lisa Tomlin, CEO of flooring and floor coverings distributor, CFS, considers what the flooring and wider construction industry must do to tackle the skill shortage