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Green Home Grant Scheme

What is the Green Homes Grant Scheme? Under the Green Homes Grant Scheme, the government will fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements of over 600,000 homes in England. Homeowners, including owner occupiers and social/private landlords, will be able to claim the new vouchers, which are worth up to £5,000. Households on […]

Permitted Development: All You Need to Know

Not all changes or improvements to your home need permission from the planning department. There are many that you can carry out with implied consent, known as Permitted Development. It is well worth being aware of these rights, and recent changes to the rules, if you want to make any significant home improvements. It could […]

What is a U-value? Heat loss, thermal mass and online calculators explained

Although the main focus of environmental performance of buildings is now on carbon usage, there is still a need to consider thermal performance of the building fabric as a contributing factor. Thermal performance is measured in terms of heat loss, and is commonly expressed in the construction industry as a U-value or R-value. U-value calculations […]

Guide to Building Regulations

Guide to Building Regulations The Building Regulations are a set of minimum standards to which your project must adhere. Find out what’s involved in meeting the requirements However beautifully designed your home, and however easily it got planning permission, you still have to ensure it’s built to the correct standards, laid out in the Building […]

Bluebeam Revu

Chances are if you work in construction, you have probably heard of Bluebeam® Revu®. Although it is now a construction industry standard, there are plenty of people who just don’t know what it is or what it does. Bluebeam Revu is a software application that allows users to markup, takeoff, organize, and collaborate with PDF files […]

Construction Estimating: Everything You Need To Know

What is Construction Estimating? Construction estimating is the process of anticipating the expense of building a physical structure. This step is essential, and one of the most crucial in the construction process. Estimators need to be as accurate as possible because profit margins (the livelihood of contractors) are impacted if any estimated direct and indirect […]

13 Hidden Costs Often Missing From Builders’ Quotes

Keep an eye out for these costs when getting a quote, to eliminate oversights, budget surprises and some of the stresses of building   Building and renovating is a new process for most of us, and it can be very daunting if you’re not well prepared. In particular, choosing a builder is one area that can overwhelm […]