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The importance of planned maintenance

Designing and installing effective fire safety systems for a new build or refurbishment is vital to the safety of occupants, however this is only the first step. John Harris, national sales manager at Fire Design Solutions discusses why it is paramount that once installation and commissioning is complete, experts carry out maintenance regularly

Leading the way with BIM

Building Products’ Sophie Stevens talks to Alex Small, BIM and digital platforms manager at Tata Steel, following the launch of the company’s ‘pioneering’ new DNA Profiler.

A window to the future

Over the last 12 months, the UK windows market has increased by 1.2% totalling 6.82 million frames, with the value of installed products growing up to £2.38 billion. Here, Building Products editor, Sophie Stevens, talks to Lorraine Balch, certification manager for fenestration at the British Standards Institute (BSI), about the factors shaping the fenestration product sector.

Taking noise off the menu

Rockfon project support manager, Rob Noble, explains how noise affects the dining out experience.

Housebuilding with Baufritz

Building Products’ Holly Miles travelled to southern Germany to the headquarters of Baufritz, a specialist in prefabricated timber framed homes, to view its new Heimat 4.0 eco-friendly house and see how the company is helping change the standard of prefabricated homes 


From grey to green: The importance of GI in today’s built...

With environmental issues such as climate change and urbanisation presenting more and more challenges, Sean Robinson, business development director – specification, Polypipe, discusses the importance of green infrastructure in today’s built environment

The natural choice for new-build

When burnt correctly, wood can contribute to increased energy efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint in new-build properties. With the stove industry forging ahead of its EcoDesign schedule, Ian Sams of Specflue discusses the logistics and benefits of high-efficiency eco-stoves in new-build properties.

A brave new (planning) world?

The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the Government’s policies for planning and directs local authorities on matters around granting permission for developments. Sam Dewar, a planning expert and director of DPA Planning, gives his assessment of a new-look blueprint for housing and development.

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

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.