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April 2024 – New Details

April 2024 – New Details

This month we are looking to the outside and focusing on external works details, specifically retaining wall details, cappings and copings for freestanding walls. This set consists of: Solid brickwork garden wall with coping, capping and creasing tile details Robust...

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...

March 2024 – New Details

March 2024 – New Details

This month we are excited to share another set of details that have been requested regularly by our members. This set consists of external wall insulation details. This particular set shows a solid blockwork masonry wall with non-combustible mineral wool insulation...

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...

February 2024 – New Details

February 2024 – New Details

This month we are excited to share another set of details that have been requested regularly by our members. This set consists of partial fill cavity wall details. In areas exposed to very severe wind driven rain, partial fill cavities are the more robust solution for...

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...

January 2024 – New Details

January 2024 – New Details

These new details are the second half of a two part set exploring slate roof details. The set explores traditional slate roof construction, looking at how different junctions are detailed using traditional lead specifically in an extension setting, to complement...

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...

December 2023 – New Details

December 2023 – New Details

We are bringing you something a little different this month. Something we have been working on for a little while - a full set of electrical symbols, signage symbols and hazards. This set will be super useful for marking up your M&E plans, health and safety and...

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,...

November 2023 – New Details

November 2023 – New Details

These new details are the first half of a two part set exploring slate roof details. The set explores traditional slate roof construction, looking at how different junctions are detailed using traditional lead, to complement these, we then demonstrate alternative...

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,...