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  • Effective natural landscaping

    Erosion of the landscape can be a serious problem whether it is caused by wind, water (nature) or human activity. For many years the solution  has been to pile quantities of stone, concrete or plastic membranes, nets or matts into the ground to try and control the degradation of soil
  • Should tradespeople know about airtightness?

    Achieving a reasonable level of airtightness is important for the energy efficiency of dwellings and the comfort of occupants. The benefits of improved insulation levels and more energy efficient heating systems are lost if warm air can leak out of a building and cold air can leak in energy, leaking energy is leaking money.
  • U values for Dummies

    In the course of our day to day business we encounter plenty of customers, builders and trades who find U values a little confusing especially when it comes to understanding what the U value actually means and how it will affect or benefit the performance of a building, so we have compiled a brief 'U-Value for dummies' style explanation to help.
  • Paint: Human health and the environment

    This is guidance we give to specifiers and architects on how to choose environmentally sound performance paint. Read on to find out why:
  • Insulation materials compared

    Insulation materials compared, the pros and cons, performance and benefits
  • Housebuilder’s reputations crumble

    Are the quality issues besetting UK volume house builders an opportunity for self-build?
  • "Light at the end of the tunnel" for UK housing?

    60 per cent of new homes in the UK are built by just 10 companies
  • The health and wellbeing benefits of natural insulation products and systems

    your health and well being can be affected by your building
  • Are self builders driving up quality standards?

    the self-build sector delivers well-built, well-performing, high quality and spacious homes
  • Breathable building & airtightness explained

    There are a number of terms concerned with construction that are often misunderstood or misused, would you be comfortable explaining ‘breathability’ to someone else? before reading on try to create a definition in your mind you would be happy to go public with. There is no intention to deceive it’s just that building terms are often widely used without anyone asking for a full explanation, maybe people don’t ask due to shyness or maybe because the word itself appears self explanatory, or so you might think.

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