Residential Build Focus

As the number of new homes being built increases, how we manage water needs careful consideration. The new houses that are being built today must be designed to be water-efficient, flood-resilient and save energy. Paul Winnett, General Manager for Building Services and Industry at Xylem Water Solutions, shares some key challenges and strategies house-builders should consider.

Freebooter is a small building located in the centre of the island of Zeeburgereiland in Amsterdam, facing the IJ river, consisting of two duplexes of 120m2 each.

Many listed buildings across the UK require interventions to bring them up to 21st-century standards; one quick win, with three beneficial outcomes, is to install secondary glazing. By retrofitting an internal window, you will almost eliminate draughts and heat loss, provide noise insulation and give an added layer of security at the windows, writes Zoe Williams, Head of Marketing at Selectaglaze.

Deciding on the windows is an important part of a building project. The decision not only affects the look of the property but also affects the thermal efficiency, says Richard Dollar, Managing Director at The Sash Window Workshop.

The second stage of the Grenfell inquiry opened with what the inquiry’s chief lawyer called a “merry-go-round of buck-passing”, as the contractor, architect and cladding installer gave their statements. Two weeks before the inquiry reconvened, Dame Judith Hackitt, Author of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, shared her frustration around the pace of change following the devastating fire. Her view is the construction industry has not moved fast enough to change its practices and culture, writes Ian King, Chief Operating Officer at Zeroignition.

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