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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.