Technical

How to Draw a Reflected Ceiling Plan

How to Draw a Reflected Ceiling Plan

This blog post follows our earlier post titled Introduction to residential lighting: an architect’s guide. That article is an introduction to the different types of artificial lighting within a domestic setting, types of light fixtures, LEDs, light temperature,...

Residential Lighting Design – An Architect’s Guide

Residential Lighting Design – An Architect’s Guide

Both natural and artificial lighting can help to elevate a residential space. Whilst the orientation of a building, size and location of windows controls the natural daylight and quality of a space, artificial light can add warmth on dark days and transform spaces at...

Types of Partial Fill Cavity Insulation

Types of Partial Fill Cavity Insulation

Partial fill cavities are some of the most commonly built in the UK. We have created a set of details to help in detailing this type of insulation. In areas exposed to very severe wind driven rain, partial fill cavities are the more robust solution for both rendered...

Pitched Roof Ventilation and Membranes: A Guide

Pitched Roof Ventilation and Membranes: A Guide

Understanding ventilation is crucial when designing a pitched roof. Not only does it ensure the longevity of the roof, but it also prevents a myriad of problems that could arise from trapped moisture, condensation and poor air circulation. Much of the guidance...

U-Value Requirements – Do you need 150mm cavities?

U-Value Requirements – Do you need 150mm cavities?

The updated Approved Document L: Conservation of fuel and power, Volume 1:Dwellings; 2021 edition incorporating 2023 amendments – for use in England which came into force on 15 June 2023, attempts to integrate u-value requirements for both new dwellings as well as...

Designing for UK Exposure Zones

Designing for UK Exposure Zones

Within this post we will look at what areas in the UK are more exposed to wind driven rain and what design features you should look at adopting for masonry walls and level threshold drainage based on each of these locations. Building Regulations Approved Document C,...

Types of Window Frame Material and Glazing

Types of Window Frame Material and Glazing

Choosing the right window materials can be the key to any project. They are the most eye-catching element of a building, giving personality and identity to a home. Additionally to letting light in, insulating the inside from cold, heat, rain, wind and adverse weather,...

Brick Slips Design Guide

Brick Slips Design Guide

The choice of cladding plays a crucial role in shaping the aesthetic appeal, functionality, and overall performance of a building. One increasingly popular cladding option is the use of brick slips. Brick slips, also known as brick veneers or brick tiles, are thin...

Radon and Gas Membranes

Radon and Gas Membranes

This technical post looks at the importance of radon gas exposure and the key considerations for the design and detailing of radon and gas membranes. Scroll to the end to view our range of radon gas membrane construction details! [To Download a FREE PDF of this guide...

Using the Detail Library: Live Project Case Study

Using the Detail Library: Live Project Case Study

The Detail Library contains a wealth of construction details that can be adjusted and amended to suit individual projects, saving huge amounts of time. In this technical post, we look at a live project which is using the Detail Library to assist in the development of...

Technical Study: Flat roof insulation and managing moisture

Technical Study: Flat roof insulation and managing moisture

When detailing flat roofs, a key consideration is where to position the insulation in order to provide the required thermal performance and manage moisture. Adding insulation to the construction of a flat roof is a requirement of the Building Regulations. It reduces...