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Your Build - Winter 2017

British Gypsum Question Time Winter 2017 11 Making your walls work for your dream home Q. Can you give us a bit of background about British Gypsum and the types of products you offer? SW: For more than 100 years, British Gypsum has been helping self-builders raise the standard of their dream homes. Innovation and new products are very important to us as we endeavour to support not only the construction of your home, but also how you live and use your home in every day life. Some of our l atest innovative solutions can really enhance the qualit y of your self-build project. For exam ple, Gy proc Habito p las ter board is fi ve tim es st ronger tha n sta ndard plasterb oard – it prov ides enhanced robustness and s trong walls as sta ndard in your ho me. Or Thistle Magnet ic Plaster – which turns any wall into an interactiv e Ma gnetic Wal l that attracts magnets. Our Sound Solutions range provides enhanced internal wall and floor acoustic solutions that exceed the minimum Building R egul ation requiremen ts. Q. When should a self-builder start thinking about the internal finishes in their home? SW: We always emphasise the importance of selfbuilders taking a fabric first approach. By getting involved in the specification process at the early stages, self-builders have the opportunity to design-in materials that exceed the every day basics and meet the requirements of modern homes, both now and in the future. The more informed the self-builder is about the materials and products that are available, the better equipped they will be to have conversations about specification with their designer and builder. Q. Is there a danger of the plasterboard / plaster used on projects being an after thought? If so, what sort of things should a self-builder consider when thinking of their internal walls and choosing plaster finishes? SW: This is particularly important when it comes to specifying the plasterboard and internal lining Matthew Downs talks to Sarah White, residential sector manager at British Gypsum, about how taking a fabric first approach can help self-builders achieve a high quality interior space for their home


Your Build - Winter 2017
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