A 50.1% reduction of gas units used in a day just from improving energy efficiency!

Renovating, extending and improving the energy efficiency of hard to treat, period properties in conservation areas Renovating, extending and improving the energy efficiency of hard to treat, period properties in conservation areas can’t be easy. Wouldn’t it be nice if clients appreciated the effort that goes into delivering a good job?  Wouldn’t it also be…

Lifting the performance of a whole building on a renovation project

Building projects I like – Insulated Render in renovating hard to treat properties A lot of our projects involve period or aging properties and very often these properties have solid brick or masonry walls. Generally clients wish to gain increased space through extending and in most cases they also wish to increase the performance of…

Using Accoya Doors and Windows from Westgate Joinery for an Impressive Refurbishment in Surrey!

We have just completed another impressive refurbishment and extension project in the Ham and Petersham area of Surrey that includes Accoya doors or windows from Westgate Joinery. This is just the latest Charlie Laing managed project that included orders to both Westgate and Charlie Laing and the clients are again very impressed and pleased with the…

8 Sustainable Building Products Used in the United Kingdom

Any builder, architect or project manager is very aware that sustainable building materials represent the future of home building and improvement. Reports on the building industry say that commercial and residential buildings account for 39% of green house gas emissions.  With this in mind it makes sense that by using more sustainable materials in the…

How to get the specification right when designing for sustainability

Designing for sustainability – How to get the specification right A number of projects I am working on start at the ‘We want to fit such-and-such devices and have this-and-that technology on the roof and want to use a so-and-so system’. I think overall that you’ll get a better result to specify sustainability into your…