How other countries and cultures build their family homes has never really been a subject to take up much of my time – it’s not that I’m not interested, but I have always had to buy houses that form part of a long established terrace or well developed estate. No opportunity to influence the build criteria, safety or quality, I do know that my current house has a strong, immacuately executed brick outer shell. Inside that comes the dark grey breeze block middle and the inner is either another brick construction if it’s a supporting wall, or just fibreboard of one type or another. The fibreboards today are of all kinds – some for heat retention; others are very well constructed fireproof for putting in kitchens and anywhere with heat producing operations within. There are also noise reducing boards too. My son in law is completing a massive extension that incorporates some of each type – as discussed with the architect and planners, to ensure maximum sustainability and safety is assured.