Choosing Building Materials

How to Choose Building Materials for House Extensions & Home Improvements ...

... including composites and components, illustrating how their selection informs and affects the specification, design, cost, energy efficiency, maintenance and recycling of building an extension.

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Building Material Specialists

Deciding what type of building materials for house extension to use in your project is one thing; choosing what technical building standards and structural performance criteria you wish to achieve with them is another. 

But when it gets to linking these into the projects building budget and then selecting which home improvements building material manufacturers, building merchants, or other building material suppliers to use to supply each different and particular building product from, most people begin to understand why it is often appropriate to appoint a building material specialist to undertake, or at least assist with, the task.

Specifying Building Materials

In most cases your building designer will, hopefully in conjunction with you, decide on your building specifications.

To a degree this is likely to be dictated by planning considerations.  However, increasingly both Building Control and Planning Authorities are charged with not only protecting, but also securing national (and global) environmental sustainability, making this task ever more specialist.

What materials to Specify

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