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Joist Choice

As the pressure on land continues, many property developers are looking to squeeze as much accomodation into the smallest are possible.

Published:  12 April, 2007

This European oak floor used in the Korean Gallery of the British Museum shows how modern wood flooring can be used successfully in a manner both sympathetic and complementary to the architectural style of the building

Floor plan

TRADA’s flooring specialist Peter Kaczmar discusses the fine balance between past and present in restoration and remedial work in historic buildings

Published:  20 July, 2006

The importance of proper site installation and the fitting and sealing of the joinery unit should not be overlooked

Window on joinery

TRADA Technology’s technical consultants are often called upon to inspect purpose-made joinery which is not performing to expectations. Paul Sharphouse highlights common problems noted on site inspections

Published:  20 July, 2006

The airtightness test process will include installing a template in the building’s envelope to hold the fans

The Big Issue

Mike Handley of Chiltern Dynamics explains that it is by no means difficult to pass the airtightness testing demanded by new Part L requirements – but good design is paramount

Published:  20 July, 2006

The Scottish Parliament reception desk uses Scottish sycamore and English oak

Keeping up appearances

Peter Wilson, director of business development at the Centre for Timber Engineering at Napier University, summarises a new publication designed to provide architects, specifiers and engineers with more user-friendly information on the appearance   grading of UK-grown hardwood

Published:  20 July, 2006

Bruynzeel marine plywoods are being used in buildings featuring fully-exposed timber panelling

Making the best choice

In the latest in a series of articles looking at alternatives to the most common and popular species of timber, Mike Packer of Timbmet Silverman takes a look at some of the options from the world of panel products and a very different range of ‘healthy’ mouldings

Published:  20 July, 2006

The EcoHomes standard awards credits for responsible sourcing, such as this FSC-certified timber


BREEAM and the new Ecohomes standard is becoming an integral part of construction. Rupert Oliver reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

Ruth Slavid, editor of AJ Specification and AJ Online, talks to Richard Harris of Buro Happold (centre) and Gordon Cowley of Timber Engineering Connections

Conference call

Almost 100 architects gathered to hear timber experts speak on the merits of building in timber. Michael Buckley reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

Brian Mackay-Lyons’ designs are quintessentially modern, yet have their roots in the cultural landscape

Using the vernacular

Peter Wilson, architect and director of business development at the Centre for Timber Engineering at Napier University, explores the architecture of Brian Mackay-Lyons

Published:  20 July, 2006

Weald & Downland’s five-day Timber Framing from Scratch course introduces students to traditional oak framing, tools and techniques

Going back to the future

Students on the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum Timber Framing from Scratch course travel back in time to learn techniques that still hold true today. Rosemary Urquhart reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

Architects Team 51.1O took Goldfinger’s principles about appearance, natural light and ventilation and applied them to modern requirements

The school with the Midas touch

Using the design principles of modernist architect Erno Goldfinger, Brandlehow school’s new classroom is a shining example of the flexibility and aesthetic qualities of timber. David Castle reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

The two town houses at Carmarthen Place, featuring untreated larch cladding

Slovenia SE1

Solid timber panels are one of the latest forms of timber construction to hit the UK. Stephen Powney reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

Stewart Milne has built a lot of apartment blocks in recent years; the aim now is to gain market share in the low-rise housing market

Changing the landscape

Scottish timber frame manufacturer, the Stewart Milne Group, has ambitious plans to get the edge over brick and block construction in England. Will Anderson reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

The BRE demonstration house features a range of cladding and roof finishes

Housing holistics

Innovare Systems is pushing the boundaries with its structural insulated panel-based Jabhouse. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

The ABA Hide House: like the other Land Mark homes, these will be built when a sale is secured. Prospective buyers have shown interest in both

Chic and cool in the Cotswolds

A nature reserve with homes attached is one description for a novel vacation development under way in the watery Cotswold countryside. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  20 July, 2006

The institute's theatre

Sea spectacular

The interior of Ireland’s new Marine Institute headquarters is anything but a clinical laboratory. Keren Fallwell and Michael Buckley report

Published:  20 July, 2006

The Holborough Valley development features a range of one- and two-bedroom apartments and one- to five-bedroom houses

Berkeley squares up to the future

In the heart of Kent a blue-chip British housing developer is fusing Canadian building technology with New England style. Sally Spencer reports on the largest Super E development in the world

Published:  20 July, 2006