External openings within cavity walls have lintels provide support, with some lintels also acting as a damp proof course. The majority of other lintels, whether metal, stone, concrete or timber, require a DPC. How, what, where and to what extent are details that are commonly assumed, in reality compromised or flawed?

Here, Allan Wilen, Economic Director at Glenigan, investigates.

Paul Barrett, Head of Product Management at ROCKWOOL UK, explores the importance of the acoustic performance of buildings in urban settings.

Textbooks overlook a commonly-occurring design consideration that arises where some horizontal and some sloping roofs abut a cavity wall. Consequently, despite construction observing guidelines and regulations, the building suffers wet ingress.

Phil Brown, European Regulatory Marketing Manager at Pilkington United Kingdom – part of the NSG Group – explains what architects need to know about the new Part O of Building Regulations, how they differ across the country and why they don’t need to spell the end of the highly-glazed dwellings favoured by homeowners.

The way homeowners and tenants use their homes – especially their kitchens – is constantly evolving, and no more so than in the last two years. The function of a house has transformed since the pandemic, now becoming a blended place and changing the way architects will design spaces in the future.

With local councils and housebuilders under pressure to reach targets of 340,000 homes every year until 2031, there is a danger that sustainability will take a back seat. But just how can developers and local councils step up and begin to make a difference?

Ian Rogers, Sales Director at Gilberts Blackpool, one of Britain’s leading independent air movement specialists, considers how to specify compliant ventilation in commercial environments.

It is not unusual for tile and stone protection experts Schlüter-Systems to be called upon when a bathroom or wetroom installation fails. If the preparation hasn’t been executed to the appropriate standard, it will likely lead to failure later down the line.

Magply magnesium oxysulfate (MOS) boards have recently undergone a stringent testing programme by the British Board of Agrément (BBA), which helps clients validate their processes and mitigate risk offering greater confidence for specifiers of the products tested.

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