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.

Low sightline IGUs: Why some specifiers are on thin ice

Alex Gray, managing director of Saveheat Group, says that the installation of non-compliant specialist glass units in heritage buildings may lead to injury and prosecution

How to choose the right stairlift

Advice from Sesame Access about what to think about when choosing a stairlift

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

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 


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.

Intelligent washroom control

The use of intelligent water management systems in commercial washrooms is growing year on year. Here, David Meacock, technical director at Cistermiser Keraflo, outlines the options available to help specifiers make a more informed choice and also looks to the future.

Kitchen and bathroom surfaces with style and substance

Natural materials such as marble and wood are really coming to the fore in interior design but they are rarely the most practical choice for the kitchen or bathroom environment. Here, Simon Boocock, managing director of CRL Stone, looks at some of the alternatives available.