Spreading roots

John Bosworth, partner and head of planning at Ashfords LLP, examines some of the current issues surrounding planning requirements for basement extensions.

Shaping behaviour

Richard Brown, category marketing manager for wall products at Wienerberger, dispels perceptions surrounding special-shaped bricks, and argues that incorporating them into a build is not as complicated and costly as one might think.

Nottingham Trent University building awarded carbon-negative rating

Nottingham Trent University has reduced its estate’s carbon footprint with the construction of a new Pavilion building that generates more energy than it consumes. The...

Waste not, want not

To drive further uptake of energy efficient bathroom products, consumers must be better educated about the true costs of water consumption and wastage, argues Barbara Osborne, product manager at Methven UK.

BSRIA backs Australian performance gap solution study

BSRIA is backing a four-month feasibility study to develop a prototype UK scheme which it says has the potential to deliver the energy performance...

Positive living

Joe Dart speaks to window fabricator Vellacine about its involvement on Solcer House, a purpose-built ‘energy positive’ house in Wales, built to demonstrate that low carbon homes can be constructed under tight budgetary constraints.

Government to ‘level playing field’ for UK steel firms

Contractors will be required to reveal where they source steelwork from when bidding on major public sector contracts under new guidelines on steel procurement published by the...

Spiralling heights

Building Products reports on the logistical challenges involved with the delivery of glass balcony balustrades to apartments at Baltimore Tower – a 45-storey curved structure which is set to become one of London’s newest landmarks for luxury living.

Osborne commits to £100bn infrastructure spending

Chancellor George Osborne will today commit to £100bn of spending for new roads, rail, flood defences and other vital projects by 2020. Launching the new...

Seeing clearly

Stacey Temprell, residential sector director at Saint-Gobain, explains how visual comfort in buildings can affect user health and wellbeing, and the importance of a holistic approach to building and design.