Various brands of Integrated Home Systems (IHS) began appearing on the market about 15 years ago. They offered the possibility of executing actions inside the home but triggered from a distance using a standard telephone line (fixed or mobile).
New research, by education charity the Edge Foundation to mark (vocational qualification) VQ Day 2015, suggests that the British would rather have plumbers for neighbours. It's good to have someone you can turn to when things go wrong.
In Europe, many homes are equipped with centralized heating systems. They usually consist of one or more centrally located pumps that circulate hot water to radiators or underfloor heating. However a relatively new technology is on the rise.
A cleverly designed copper-clad boathouse on the shore of Austria’s Millstätter See lake is featured in Issue 38 of Copper Architecture Forum magazine. For images: Lakeside House designed by MHM architects of Vienna.
When you buy a home, it is always worth checking the condition of the electrical installation. In certain European countries, a home must be inspected by an independent organization before selling it.
Furniture designer Paul Kelley discusses his love for copper and how it came to play a major role in his BOB System pieces.
Two common dangers when using electricity are fire and electrocution. Both can have serious and even deadly consequences. The electrical appliances that we connect to our electrical installation are basically safe. In Europe, they must comply with certain safety standards and need to carry a CE marking. However, the way we use these appliances is our responsibility.
Has it ever happened to you? You leave the key to your house with a friend so that he or she can water the plants while you’re away. Upon returning, you find out that the key has been lost. Or the regular cleaning person gets a key so that they can enter the home while you’re at work. After a few months they move to a different town—along with your key. Should you go to the expense of installing new locks just to be safe?
Elderly single persons living independently in their house or flat sometimes wonder what would happen if they were to suddenly need help from the outside. Getting sick or falling down, a fire in the kitchen, or forgetting whether the green or the red pills need to be taken after breakfast: these things can happen to any of us.
New functionalities for your home electrical installation. When planning a renovation or the interior of a new home, there are many things to consider – the furnishings, the colour of the walls and potential storage space, to name a few – but many people often overlook a fundamental element: the electrical installation.
If you're planning to add an extension to your property there's a lot to think about. The main objective is to create more space, this could mean a new kitchen or dining area. Whilst you're getting excited planning the interior, choosing a colour palette, materials and layout you might care to consider whether to use a fabulous, colourful copper exterior. Copper has a long life of 100+ years and will certainly add a touch of colour and class to any property.