Structural choices

ICF house with steel supports
Energy efficiency and speedy build times are the headline benefits of using insulating concrete formwork – but many architects also favour this system because of its design flexibility, says Emily Brooks
a tricky plot
From troublesome trees to stubborn soils, a whole host of problems can make the early stages of your project difficult to navigate – but they can be solved
contemporary brick clad home
Rebecca Foster takes an in-depth look at the pros and cons of brick and block construction to assess whether it’s suitable for your scheme
roofer laying slates
Andy Butchers shares his insider knowledge to help you troubleshoot this key element of your building project
prefab timber home
These outstanding dwellings demonstrate the sheer versatility of timber frame, oak and structural insulated panels in making your dream home ambitions a reality
stunning modern home by Kingspan Timber Solutions
Kingspan Timber Solutions’ Ian Loughnane reveals how a high-performance timber self-build could help you maximise value and floor area
stable block conversion
Conservation expert Alan Tierney explores how to take a sensitive, informed and realistic approach to making a traditional home more energy efficient
self build stone Passivhaus
Architect Julian Owen looks at a range of eco considerations to include in your house plans if you want to create a truly sustainable home
contemporary log home
Ideal for rural settings, these charming homes are growing in popularity on UK shores. Jane Crittenden finds out why
Thermafleece CosyWool natural insulation
One of the best ways to lock heat inside your home is to pack in plenty of insulation. From sheep’s wool to hemp, Rebecca Foster explores the array of natural options available for sustainable home building projects


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