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New report calls for permeable paving

Permcalc gives Brett Landscaping the edge

The convenience and performance of PermCalc, Brett Landscaping’s design tool for permeable paving, has been instrumental in the specification of Brett Omega Flow as part of a sustainable drainage solution (SuDS) for a new build project in East Sussex.Carrington Place in Hailsham comprises nine two-bed residential properties, developed by The Park Lane Group with the support of consulting engineers JMLA Ltd.  The site offered limited soakage; as a result, an effective method of sustainable drainage was essential to match greenfield run-off rates.  JMLA used PermCalc to devise a system to resolve this issue.  The solution combines permeable paving with a system of concrete pipes for attenuation and discharge into an on-site stormwater sewer.  “We were given a...

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Housbuilding hike proves problematic

With recent studies indicating a significant shortage of bricks and indeed skilled workers, greater focus needs to be made on alternative methods of construction to ensure the current boom in demand is met, says Bruce Macdonald, MD of Durisol UK: With housebuilding projects growing at the fastest rate since 2003, brick manufacturers are struggling to cope with demand. Coupled with a notable shortage of skills, the construction industry needs to act fast to ensure projects do not fall behind a closer look at alternative construction methods is surely the answer. "According to the Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI report, activity across civil engineering, housebuilding and commercial construction continued to expand quickly in July. Whilst this news is a welcome break from what weve seen over the past few years, there is simply not enough being done to ensure that materials are readily available at an affordable price. "In that vein, skilled workers are also in short supply unfortunately, this means those who do have the skills are able to command increasingly high rates, which will undoubtedly lead to greater financ...

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From the Editor

As an architect, I think three of the key words which apply to homes are space, quality and design. It’s patently clear now that house builders are unlikely to improve quality unless they forced to and that means regulations because in their minds quality (even good design) costs more money.

Extraordinary as it may seem, the trigger for change may not come from Government but from the public itself because buyers have suddenly become choosy and will not accept just anything, using their concerns about energy costs and comfort as the big sticks with which to beat the builder. Clearly, it’s all going to be change at the sharp end.

Speaking of change, we've got some exciting plans in the pipeline for Housing Specification itself. Our housing blog is a brand new online hub dedicated to housing news, discussion and debate. Focusing on industry issues, the blog will explore the socio-political factors that impact Britain's housing market today. We're also venturing into the Twittersphere. Follow us @HousingSpec for regular news and feature updates.

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New report calls for permeable paving

A new report from the Committee on Climate Change highlights the need for wider use of permeable paving and sustainable drainage to help fight flooding and pollution. The Committee on Climate Change (the CCC) is an... Click here to read more

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High Density News

Profile 22 launches first BIM object

21st Aug, 2014

Window, door and curtain walling specialist Profile 22 has developed its first BIM Object, providing 2D and 3D product representations, information and data associated wi...
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Low Density News

JELD-WEN launches new real wood veneer range

21st Aug, 2014

JELD-WEN, the UK’s leading manufacturer of timber windows and doors, has launched its latest range of premium real wood veneer doors offering trade profes...
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Water treatment protocols play a vital role in energy and cost containment

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Refurb & Restoration

Saint-Gobain shortlisted for sustainable housing award

21st Aug, 2014

Saint-Gobain’s research on the Salford Energy House has been shortlisted in the Sustainable Housing Awards 2014. The in-depth whole-house retrofit project is in the category...
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Training & Education

Further BRE DHF fire door training courses announced

21st Aug, 2014

The next Fire Door Education Programme training courses for professionals involved in the inspection, installation and repair of fire doors have been announced.They are being run b...
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