Air Pressure Testing
Monday, March 21, 2016
Since 2006 it has been mandatory under Part L of the building regulations to carry out an air pressure test on new builds. The purpose of this legislation is to conserve fuel and power, by minimising air leakage and thus heat generated from...
BS5534:2014 – Roof slating/tiling
Monday, February 22, 2016
Due to ever worsening weather conditions which are predicted to keep declining, and the number of insurance claims, and claims against building warranties like NHBC, relating to roofs, BS5534 was revised in 2014, changing the requirements for roof...
Glulam Vs Steel
Monday, May 12, 2014
Few people now deny the science behind global warming and the importance of taking the threat seriously (a few renegades like Jeremy Clarkson maybe!). Shrinking land mass due to rising sea levels, the rendering of large areas of equatorial...
NPPF - Parliamentary Introduction (full transcription)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
27th March 2012 - 12.33 pm
The Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Greg Clark): With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement about planning policy. I am delighted today to be publishing the national...
National Planning Policy Framework - A glossary of expressions
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Following the launch of the National Planning Policy Framework in March 2012 the following provides a comprehensive glossary of planning terms and expressions that will have a bearing on how planning applications are now considered by Local Planning...
Government fails to properly define "Sustainable Development"
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The recently published National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) doesn't do a particulalry good job of defining sustainable development in an English Planning specific context.
What the NPPF does do however is refer directly to the 1987 Brundtland...
Selecting a builder for a domestic project
Thursday, February 16, 2012
It seems that every time you go to a party or switch channels on television, all you hear are horror stories about cowboy builders, runaway budgets and mind boggling overruns.
So what on earth can YOU do to avoid your project turning into a...
Will there be such a thing as 'an Architect' in 2025?
Sunday, January 29, 2012
RIBA's thoughts on the future for Architectural Professionals
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) isn't too sure. In 2011, its think tank, Building Futures, published a report – The Future for Architects? It made for some...
VIDEO - Mary Portas - Retail Master-class
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
After long fighting the independent retailers' corner, Mary Portas has lent her expertise to a series of master classes designed to benefit them directly.
Developed in conjunction with Skillsmart Retail and delivered exclusively through the...