Product Reviews

The latest product reviews from the UK housebuilding product manufacturers and suppliers

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Laying the foundations

Nov. 6, 2017 Product Reviews

With the pressure to ramp up housing starts, housebuilders are increasingly turning to land with remediation and drainage hurdles to overcome. Steve Menary looks at the systems to trust and the issues both housebuilders and manufacturers face in this field

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Supporting cast

Nov. 6, 2017 Product Reviews

Tim Palmer looks at the unsung heroes of construction – lintels, membranes, cavity trays and damp proof coursing – discovering the solutions that help create quality, sustainable homes

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Block aid

Oct. 6, 2017 Product Reviews

Chris Windle explores the various methods of building available to housebuilders, taking in traditional brick and block, timber frame construction and modern methods of construction. All have their part to play in increasing the country’s housing supply

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Home smarts

Oct. 6, 2017 Product Reviews

No longer the sole preserve of niche developers, the “smart home” includes the ability to control aspects of the home remotely as well as other features. Steve Menary reports

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Critical Spaces

Sept. 6, 2017 Product Reviews

Chris Windle looks at the increasingly important role that kitchens and bathrooms play in a new build home, taking in trends, technology and sustainability

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Through the Roof

Sept. 6, 2017 Product Reviews

Tim Palmer reports on the different roofing materials available to housebuilders, their aesthetic qualities as well as their technical and sustainable benefits

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BIM and Beyond

July 6, 2017 Product Reviews

Steve Menary looks at the take up of Building Information Modelling in the housebuilding industry and where it could be heading. He talks to companies who are helping the digital future of construction

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Open Houses

July 6, 2017 Product Reviews

Tim Palmer reports on the flooring and walling systems that are cost effective, time saving and help contribute to an energy efficient building envelope, not forgetting the importance of good acoustics

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Inside Out

June 7, 2017 Product Reviews

Chris Windle steps outside into gardens, balconies and other spaces to discover how these areas can set the tone of a property and be practical as well as beautiful

Innovative insulation

May 3, 2017 Product Reviews

Insulation plays an important role in boosting the energy efficiency of a home. Tim Palmer speaks to the companies aiding the "fabric first" approach