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Hardwood floor finishes by ‘Wood and Beyond’

Information written for Selfbuild Central by Jonathan Sapir of UK solid and engineered hardwoods vendor wood and beyond.

The vast majority of homeowners are unaware that in recent years the world of wood flooring has completely transformed. Two main trends have contributed to this transformation, which by all accounts is a positive one. The […]

Windows

Green Building Store ULTRA

The supply chain for windows

If the UK is to meet the 2021 EPBDEnergy Performance of Buildings Directive. This is the EU directive that all new buildings shall be “Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings’ from 2021. standards then the window manufacturing industry will need to go through a minor revolution. Most companies […]

Staircase design

A couple of things about stairs – 1. They usually take up more space than you would first imagine. 2. There are some quite complex Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent […]

Joinery / fixed furniture

Sourcing timber

Sourcing sustainably produced timber and manufactured timber building products requires checking the following –

Was the timber sustainably grown? How far has it travelled? Does it contain chemicals such as adhesives or timber treatment?

The FSCForest Stewardship Council (who accredit timber) see their database Woodmark or the PEFCProgramme for the Endorsement […]

Designing with timber

timber house in the Field of Dreams, Findhorn FoundationThe Findhorn Foundation is a large community near Inverness. There is a strong emphasis on sustainable building.

designing with timber

Are the British inherently nervous of timber buildings? Does this go back to the Great Fire of London? Is this still valid considering how many […]

Insulation properties

A cork oak. The bark (cork) is stripped about every 8 years and regrows

The qualities of insulation types

Assuming that the question of designing in enough insulation into your self build project has been dealt with the question is about what kind of insulation materials to use. Here the issues are –

the […]