Materials for Sustainable Homes

At The Art of Building we are currently working on several new build properties.  After going through the planning process some of these are ready to get the ball rolling on the build process.

We’ve seen many buildings built using traditional methods such as; timber frame, steel frame, brick construction etc, but we haven’t yet experienced the use of affordable, sustainable product like the one proposed on one of our current projects. This project proposes to demolish the existing house and build a new house using a new innovative material.

Existing Property


The proposed material is Insulated Concrete Formworks, which is essentially a large building block. The hollow EPS Foam block is built up, much like using Lego blocks, and the hollow core is filled with concrete to create a solid durable structure. A render is applied to the external face and the internal finish is completed by screw onto the wall, before applying the desired wall finish. This product promises to provide high energy efficiency and be cost effective.

Is this the future for building?

After much research and discussion with local builders/contractors, we have discovered that you can achieve the same energy efficiency using traditional methods. We’ve also seen contractors shy away from taking on this new method as they have little or no experience with it.

Finally, with the shortage of experienced contractors in this field, we feel it would be easier to construct a building using traditional methods. Needless to say the client has changed their mind on using this new product and opted for the cheaper, easier, quicker option instead! Maybe next time…

Keep posted to see images of the project in progress!


Website and New Branding

Welcome to our new website, complete with revamped branding. We’ve given it a lot of thought, so it’s been a while in the making.

Who knew there were so many options we had to consider? How will the website be fluid? What colour font and size do we use? There were almost too many questions to answer.

With substantial help from Richard at Rich Communications, we carried out a thorough process of rebranding, in order to build ourselves a fresh, new identity (something we felt necessary after 13 years!). Soon to follow was Dan at Mamu Computing, having a large input in our website and management database. A big thank you to both of these talented individuals for their input!

A recent article in BD magazine regarding building a website highlighted key factors we needed to consider. It included issues such as keeping it simple, how to test the site before launching etc. After reading this we felt content, as we had already given due consideration to the majority of the points raised.

To go with the above we also invested in a brand new camera, with 3 professional lenses, necessary to capture the images we wanted to show. The Art of Building’s Facebook page and Twitter accounts are fully functioning, though we can’t get Beccy off them!  We have new signage boards already on site, as well as business cards in our pockets. The Art of Building car has also had some cosmetic changes too. Keep an eye out for it.


All told it was a fun process, but we’re glad to be on the other side now. Your comments are most welcome.