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Sunsquare rooflight helps make Grand Designs featured Passive House

26 Oct 2017

The property in East London, which featured on Grand Designs this week, was the realisation of Joe and Lina’s dream to create a home for themselves to the highest standards, and they asked Sunsquare to jointly design, manufacture and install an entirely bespoke rooflight to make this possible.

FMB and RIBA speak out regarding UK’s homebuilding output

20 Oct 2017

Local councils should be given the ability to borrow funds to build new developments across the UK, according to Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Berry’s comments were in response to Liberal Democrats leader, Vince Cable, who called on the UK government to be bolder in order to solve the growing housing crisis.

GGF recognises increase in manufacture of low-sightline insulated glass units

19 Oct 2017

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has acknowledged a significant rise in the number of manufacturers producing narrow cavity insulating glass units with an edge-seal sightline of 5-6mm, designed to meet the need of improved energy performance for windows, particularly in the heritage sector.

Sunsquare announces membership with NARM

17 Jul 2017

Sunsquare is delighted to announce it has become a member of the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM).

Laminated glass can reduce interior fading

10 Apr 2017

Laminated glass can reduce interior fading

Sunsquare set to exhibit to architects at Ecobuild 2017

02 Mar 2017

Sunsquare is set to impress visitors of Ecobuild 2017 with an exhibition of a range of its award-winning flat roof skylights at ExCeL London on 7th-9th March.

Ecobuild 2017

ExCeL London

Sunsquare is pleased to announce its appearance at the upcoming Ecobuild 2017, interacting with the nation’s leading specifiers across the built environment. The company will be exhibiting its full product range of BSI Kitemarked flat roof skylights at ExCeL London on 7th-9th March on Stand NHC118 in the NFRC pavilion.

FMB welcomes appointment of new Construction Minister

25 Jan 2017

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has spoken out regarding the appointment of a new Construction Minister, who arrives at a very important moment in the industry’s history, according to Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB.

Check out 2016's RIBA House of the Year

20 Jan 2017

If you’re a homeowner looking for home improvement inspiration for 2017, you’ll no doubt be interested in the winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) 2016 House of the Year.

NFRC responds to Bonfield Review

10 Jan 2017

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has commented on the latest publication of the long-awaited ‘Bonfield Review’, an independent review into the standards governing consumer energy efficiency measures.

Sunsquare celebrates 2016: A bumper year of achievements

23 Dec 2016

As the first company in the world to have all their rooflights Kitemarked by the British Standards Institution (BSI), Sunsquare has enjoyed a monumental 2016, along with a host of other awards that have cemented the company's position as pioneers of the UK skylight industry.

FMB: It's 'business as usual' for two-thirds of SME house builders

11 Oct 2016

New research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has found that two-thirds of SME house builders are without any significant, negative changes to their workload since the outcome of the referendum to leave the European Union (EU).

RIBA confirms new chief executive

07 Oct 2016

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has confirmed the appointment of its new chief executive, Alan Vallance, following an extensive recruitment process.

Sunsquare continue at the cutting edge of environmental solutions

22 Sep 2016

We’re proud to announce that Sunsquare continue to remain the company for environmentally-friendly skylight manufacturing.

Laminated inner panes - strong, safer glass that's now a standard feature at Sunsquare

14 Sep 2016

Sunsquare is delighted to announce they are now offering laminated inner pane glass as part of all our standard specifications.

Sunsquare shortlisted for prestigious London Construction Awards

17 Aug 2016

Sunsquare is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted for the London Construction Awards, an award which acknowledges UK firms that have made an outstanding contribution to the nation’s construction industry.

Meet the winners of our Grand Designs Live London 2016 competition

05 Aug 2016

An Essex-based couple were the lucky winners of our exclusive competition at Grand Designs Live London 2016, securing the prize of a free rooflight: designed, manufactured and installed by our award-winning team.

Sunsquare celebrates ISO 14001 accreditation

02 Aug 2016

Sunsquare’s long-standing commitment to minimising its impact on the wider environment has been acknowledged by the British Standards Institution (BSI), who have recently accredited the UK’s leading flat roof skylight manufacturers with ISO 14001 Environmental Management (EMS).

Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2016

ExCeL London

Sunsquare will be attending London’s Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2016 at ExCeL London, in the capital’s Docklands, on 23-25th September.

Advanced+ Glazing now offered as an optional extra at Sunsquare

19 Jul 2016

Customisable glazing options are just one of the many benefits Sunsquare customers enjoy when purchasing a bespoke flat roof window through the UK’s only BSI Kitemarked rooflight manufacturer.

Sunsquare takes EADT Business of the Year 2016 crown

08 Jul 2016

It was a night to remember for the UK’s flat roof skylight pioneers on Thursday as Sunsquare secured two prestigious awards at the East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards 2016.

UK's domestic architects predict positive end to 2016

23 May 2016

The UK’s domestic architects remain upbeat over opportunities for growth in 2016 despite the uncertainty surrounding the EU In/Out referendum, according to a recent survey from Houzz.

Too many school buildings failing children, says RIBA

20 May 2016

A new report from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) into the state of school buildings claims too many are failing children and their teachers.

Sunsquare enjoys successful Grand Designs Live London 2016 show

16 May 2016

Sunsquare’s complete range of BSI Kitemarked flat roof skylights received an exceptionally warm welcome at Grand Designs Live London 2016, as thousands flocked to London’s ExCeL Centre for the unique opportunity to witness all the latest trends for the home.

Zero-carbon home requirements to be reintroduced

11 May 2016

The House of Lords has gone against the government’s decision to scrap the requirement for zero-carbon properties, which was announced in July last year.

RIBA welcomes review of housing space standards

09 May 2016

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has applauded the Government for announcing a review of the national space standard for housing.

UK door and window fabrication market enjoying steady growth

03 May 2016

The UK’s door and window fabrication market has enjoyed a revival since 2013, with real prospects of further growth in the next five years, according to a new report from AMA Research.

Sunsquare among finalists of the Business Green Leaders awards

29 Apr 2016

At Sunsquare we’ve gone to great lengths to promote ‘green’ best practice operational standards in recent years and we’re delighted to announce that this has been acknowledged by the Business Green Leaders awards.

Grand Designs Live London 2016 unveils its new Self Build Centre

21 Apr 2016

With less than a fortnight until the Grand Designs bandwagon rolls into London’s Docklands, Grand Designs Live London 2016 has announced its latest feature – the Self Build Centre.

GGF's revised Consumer Code of Practice approved by Trading Standards

15 Apr 2016

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has confirmed that its revised Consumer Code of Practice, issued last year, has received full approval from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) within its Consumer Codes Approval Scheme.

Zero Carbon Hub ceases operations

13 Apr 2016

The Zero Carbon Hub has announced that it has ceased operations as of 31st March 2016. The public/private body, which was launched in 2008 to support the government’s target for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016 into practicable regulation and remove the barriers of its implementation.

Sunsquare Skylights And Green County Developments partnerships

High-quality sustainable homes a key influencer of property values, says report

07 Apr 2016

Location is no longer the only key driver of property values with the sustainability of homes now a key driver of a property’s investment potential too, according to research from housebuilders, Redrow.

Home improvement planning applications on the rise

06 Apr 2016

Property owners across England and Wales are making increasingly looking to make significant home improvements, with a sharp increase in planning applications made in the last 12 months, according to new figures from Barbour ABI’s ‘Home improvers of Great Britain 2016’ report.

RIBA prepares to exhibit the potential homes of tomorrow

01 Apr 2016

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is due to launch its next exhibition in May, re-examining how we live and including thought-provoking ideas for future housing design.

Win weekday tickets to Grand Design Live London 2016

24 Mar 2016

Are you a property owner that’s always looking to improve their home? If so, the chances are you’ll love a trip to Grand Designs Live 2016.

Vast energy retrofit required to meet London's carbon reduction targets

23 Mar 2016

A new energy plan released by the London Assembly says all non-domestic buildings in London will need to undergo serious retrofits by 2050 if the capital is to meet its carbon emissions reduction targets.

Sunsquare achieve CHAS accreditation

18 Mar 2016

The UK’s flat rooflight pioneers, Sunsquare have secured another important accolade that’s widely recognised and in-demand within the construction industry: the CHAS accreditation.

Skylight Installation for 4c Developments

Disposable income recovering among UK homeowners

17 Mar 2016

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate that homeowners across the UK have more disposable income compared with previous years, allowing consumers to loosen their belts when it comes to spending and making home improvements.

GGF confirms new President

09 Mar 2016

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has confirmed its new President, Andrew Glover at the President’s Reception in Southwark late last month.

Architect optimism largely strong across the UK

07 Mar 2016

Confidence within architectural practices across much of the UK is largely positive, according to the latest Future Trends Index from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Fast-track planning applications could be made available to developers

26 Feb 2016

Developers could soon be able to pay a fee to have their planning applications fast-tracked as part of new government proposals in a bid to accelerate housing delivery.

Government called upon to appoint a built environment advisor

24 Feb 2016

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has been joined by a number of its peers in calling for the UK Government to appoint a full-time built environment advisor to ‘champion’ higher standards throughout government.

GGF expresses disappointment over energy efficient glazing VAT snub

22 Feb 2016

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has expressed real concern regarding the absence of energy efficient glazing in the list of energy-saving materials highlighted by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for a reduced rate of five per cent VAT.

Win a self-build consultation with Kevin McCloud or Charlie Luxton

17 Feb 2016

Property owners planning their own self-build project this year or those seeking some expert advice and inspiration can secure a unique opportunity by winning a one-to-one consultation with Kevin McCloud or Charlie Luxton.

Skylight Installations with Green Country Developments

Home maintenance and improvement trends still moving at pace

15 Feb 2016

The number of homeowners stepping up their drive for maintaining and improving their properties is showing no signs of slowing down, with TrustMark reporting another bumper year of assisting those looking to develop their properties in 2015.

Grand Designs Live London 2016

ExCeL Centre, London, E16 1XL

Sunsquare will once again be demonstrating its comprehensive range of BSI Kitemarked flat roof skylights at the upcoming Grand Design Live London 2016 in the Grand Build at the ExCeL Centre.

Sunsquare Skylight Installation Example

UK storms lead to discussion on the implications on single ply roofing

04 Feb 2016

The recent stormy weather that’s battered much of the UK has led to discussions on the implications for the roofing design and construction industry given that weather fronts appear to be increasing in their intensity.

Sunsquare achieves Suffolk Carbon Charter status

02 Feb 2016

In acknowledgment of our commitment to monitoring and reducing our carbon emissions, we are delighted to announce that we have secured accreditation from the Suffolk Carbon Charter.

Sunsquare Skylights at BRE Innovation park

BRE set to host free Winter Reception

28 Jan 2016

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) is hosting its annual winter reception next Monday, designed to bring together some of the brightest talent in the built environment.

Industry leaders Sunsquare gain more recognition for design excellence

25 Jan 2016

As world-leading flat rooflight designers and manufacturers, at Sunsquare we have always prided ourselves on careful investment in our company and our staff.

Skylight Installations with Green Country Developments

Commercial Glazing Market Report forecasts strong growth for aluminium products

19 Jan 2016

The 2015-2019 Commercial Glazing Market Report indicates the prospects for growth in the commercial aluminium market over the next four-to-five years are very positive.

UK-GBC unveils plans to close green building 'performance gap'

15 Jan 2016

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has unveiled its latest research initiative, designed to explore how building performance can be improved and refined through better design and construction methods.

Rooflight Install in Regis Crepy's Kitchen

RIBA discusses 2016 housing design trends

08 Jan 2016

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published new research regarding the likely trends in housing design across the UK for 2016.

Architects' workload experiences end-of-year rise

06 Jan 2016

Architect workloads across the country experienced a surprisingly significant increase in November, rising to +27 from +18 in October within the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index.

2015: A year in review by Sunsquare

24 Dec 2015

It’s at this time of the year that Sunsquare reflects on its achievements during the last 12 months and looks ahead with excitement to what’s next in 2016.

Sunsquare brings festive light to children's charity

21 Dec 2015

Sunsquare has sought to offer some seasonal cheer to its local children’s hospice, with a substantial donation to the East Anglia Children’s Hospice (EACH) just in time for Christmas.

Private Rooflight Installation for Client in SW2

Sunsquare's stock size rooflights reduced in price until the New Year

17 Dec 2015

It’s that time of the year when it becomes significantly more essential to fill a hole in your property’s roof. So if there has been a mistake, a roof leak or your property renovations are going quicker than anticipated, Sunsquare can help.

Sunsquare's 'industry first' BSI Kitemark recognised in regional press

16 Dec 2015

Sunsquare’s prestigious award of the BSI Kitemark for its entire range of flat roof skylights has achieved recognition in the regional press- including the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Star and Bury Free Press.

RIBA fears new-build properties are too small

09 Dec 2015

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) believes more than half of all new homes built across the UK today are not big enough to cope with the needs of those who buy them.

Skylight and Floorlight Product Selector

GGF announces its own inspections body

07 Dec 2015

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has announced the formation of its own inspections subsidiary body, which will undertake inspections and auditing work across the replacement glazing sector.

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Sunsquare offers free upstands for festive orders throughout December

02 Dec 2015

Save money on your property’s new flat roof skylight this Christmas with Sunsquare’s free upstands for all festive orders this month.

UK commercial glazing market set to grow by 5% in 2016

27 Nov 2015

The UK’s commercial glazing market is forecast to expand by five per cent next year, according to new figures from AMA Research.

BSI Kitemark testing facilities set for £3 million makeover

24 Nov 2015

The testing facilities for the British Standards Industry (BSI) Kitemark has received £3 million worth of investment in state-of-the-art technology and facility upgrades, taking the globally-recognised Kitemark firmly into the 21st Century and beyond.

Sunsquare Skylights at BRE Innovation park

Sustainable St Albans Week approaches at BRE Innovation Park

20 Nov 2015

BRE Innovation Park is opening its doors to the general public as part of next week’s Sustainable St Albans Week.

Sunsquare Skylights SMAS Worksafe Certification

Consumers anxious about hiring tradespeople to carry out home improvements

18 Nov 2015

UK consumers are anxious of potentially hiring incompetent tradespeople and builders to carry out home improvements, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The new Consumer Rights Act 2015 explained

11 Nov 2015

From 1st October, the new Consumer Rights Act 2015 became law in a bid to simplify and strengthen the nation’s consumer legislation by bringing it into the 21 st century.

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Getting Value For Money When Buying a Skylight

15 Oct 2015

It is confusing enough buying a product like a skylight. Even a company like Sunsquare, who try to keep it simple, offer quite a few options. When you take into account some of the gimmicks and gadgets out there to try to persuade, it can be an absolute minefield.

Sunsquare Skylight Installation Example

Stock Item Savings and Quick Turnaround

08 Oct 2015

This is the time of year when it becomes slightly more critical to fill a hole in the roof if there has been a mistake or a build is going quicker than expected. It is also the time of year when leaks occur. To try and assist, Sunsquare keep some stock glass for set sizes of certain products...

Sunsquare Skylights at BRE Innovation park

Bre Innovation Park - Sunsquare

16 Sep 2015

Sunsquare are extremely proud to announce that it is launching its new permanent display of skylights at the BRE innovation park in Watford. The display is situated outside the visitors centre in the park and contains a vast majority of the range that are available from Sunsquare – pioneers in roof skylight design.

Skyview Skylight

SkyView Skylight Installation

07 Sep 2015

The Sunsquare SkyView range is as simple to install as its design is elegant.

Sunsquare Awarded Prestigious BSI Kitemark

03 Aug 2015

Sunsquare are incredibly proud to announce it has been awarded a BSI Kitemark accreditation for quality. The flat roof skylight company has been a pioneer of design and manufacturing within the UK for over a decade and is now officially recognised for its craftsmanship becoming the first in their industry to achieve this.

Skylight Upstand Installation Manual

16 Jul 2015

Sunsquare have always been an advocate of having a separate Upstand to sit a skylight on. This has since been accredited by the BSI and adopted by building control into building regulations. Sunsquare are a proud member of SPRA Single ply roofing Association who also recommend a separate Upstand.

Skylight Technology Where it Counts

15 Jul 2015

Sunsquare have spent many years at the top of the flat roof skylight industry. As the only BSI accredited company, it is vital that every product is tried and tested before bringing it to market. We have been working, for some time on a world beating touch screen control panel for our opening skylights. The product is ready to launch and below are some of the remarklable functions we have included.

Grand Designs Live London 2015

ExCeL, London

Following the success of last year’s appearances at Grand Designs Live London 2014 and Grand Designs Live Birmingham 2014, Sunsquare has confirmed it will be present at London’s ExCeL Centre once again for the London exhibition on 2-10 May 2015.

Skylight Upstand Warranty Image

Sunsquare Offer a 35 Year Warranty on Upstands

16 Apr 2015

Sunsquare have been pioneers of upstands for skylights for many years. Since roofing membranes have become so much more reliable for flat roofs and carry longer warranties and life expectancy, it has become more and more important to separate the skylight from the up-stand.

Sunsquare Skylights Unveil Testing Techniques

Sunsquare Unveil Secret Testing Technique

16 Apr 2015

Sunsquare have always been a forward thinking company that prides itself on extreme testing everything before it reaches the general public. Sunsquare are the only BSI accredited company in the industry who risked having all of their products tested by the for air permeability, weather and thermal performance. Sunsquare are also the first company to offer a 3-year warranty on electrical parts, having had them independently tested too.

Skylight Installations with Green Country Developments

Sunsquare Plans for 2015

09 Apr 2015

Already turning out to be a record year at Sunsquare, there is so much more to come this year. It really is going to be a defining year.

What Really Matters When Buying a Skylight?

19 Mar 2015

Sunsquare have had a reputation for many years for being thorough and obsessive about its standards of design and manufacture. It is what sets them apart. In any market place there is a great deal to choose from and sometimes the jargon used can be extremely confusing and even irrelevant to the client.

The importance of choosing the right skylight manufacturer

12 Mar 2015

Sunsquare have spent many years removing old skylights manufactured and installed by others that have started to fail and replaced them with new Sunsquare product. Most are old wooden or steel skylights that are single glazed and have just come to the end of their useful life.

British Glass Hosts Annual Conference

11 Mar 2015

The annual Glass Focus Conference, hosted by the British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation, will be held on 12th June at the Marriot Renaissance Hotel, Manchester.

Parliament Forms Inaugural Built Environment Select Committee

10 Mar 2015

The House of Lords is to host a first-of-its-kind built environment watchdog panel with a remit to scrutinise and explore placemaking and built environment policy.

BSI Tasked with Setting Data Standards for 'Smart Cities'

09 Mar 2015

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has been tasked with developing a programme to set data standards for ‘smart cities’ in the UK.

Volume House Builders 'Building Poor Housing', Says Hemingway

06 Mar 2015

House builders constructing homes on mass are being allowed to get away with putting up sub-standard housing because no-one is holding them to account, according to Wayne Hemingway, former chair of Cabe’s Building for Life panel.

Current Work-in-Progress 25% Down on Pre-Recession Levels, Say RIBA

05 Mar 2015

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has confirmed that the current values of work-in-progress across the architectural industry are still 25 per cent down on pre-recession 2007 levels.

UK Renewable Energy Sector Secures Contracts Worth £5.2bn

04 Mar 2015

The UK’s renewable energy sector continues to go from strength to strength after it was revealed some £5.2 billion of construction contracts – amounting to 1,095 renewable projects – were awarded in 2014.

How to Plan the Layout of your New Home

03 Mar 2015

If you’re a self-builder wanting to oversee the build of your new dream home you’ve come to the right place. At Sunsquare, we are proud to work with a number of innovative self-builders to play a part in their exciting development projects. The first big step to planning your new home is to draft a floor plan of the internal spaces.

Architects' Confidence Persists in January 2015

02 Mar 2015

Confidence and workload forecasts within the UK’s architectural industry remain strongly positive across all regions of the UK according to January’s 2015 Future Trends Survey from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

A Day in the Life of Mark Lambert at Sunsquare

27 Feb 2015

In our latest “day in the life” Sunsquare feature, we shine the spotlight on sales director, Mark Lambert, who leads the sales team to ensure that clients have all the information necessary to make the process of ordering a skylight from Sunsquare as smooth as possible.

UK-GBC Calls for Green Infrastructure to Play Key Role in Built Environment

26 Feb 2015

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has led the calls for including green infrastructure as a key element in the UK built environment.

GGF Calls for More Government Focus on Energy Efficiency

25 Feb 2015

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has called on UK politicians and policy makers to place greater emphasis on energy efficiency with regard to UK infrastructure construction projects.

Machine Automation Makes Fabricator a Model Company

25 Feb 2015

Sunsquare seem to be in the press a great deal at present. This was an article published in the trade press.

Mayor Announces London's First New Housing Zones

24 Feb 2015

London mayor, Boris Johnson has revealed the first nine of 20 new housing zones across the capital in a bid to unlock redevelopment on brownfield land that’s integral to the city’s Housing Strategy.

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