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HCA publishes latest set of Housing Statistics

Bamboo is the perfect material for pioneering eco retrofit

A 1960s end of terrace house in central Oxford is being transformed into an ultra-low energy home.  Since August 2013 its owners, Tim Nicholson and Joanne Bowlt, have been installing a number of measures to save and generate energy, whilst remodelling the interior to create a stylish and comfortable family home.  Installing green technologies within new build properties is now common practice, however retrofitting these technologies within existing homes presents some tremendous challenges.  Tim Nicholson says: "There are 25 million houses in the UK and 80% of these will still be around by 2050 by which time they need to be zero carbon.   We are trying to do our bit, exploring what can be done in an ambitious way.  However, whilst energy efficiency is an impor...

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Getting the building blocks in place

Jim Matthews, third generation owner of family run brick works H.G. Matthews, offers insight in to how choosing bricks which have been wood-fired, a process which dates back to the 18th century, can offer massive sustainability benefits. Focus on sustainability and the environment has never been more important, no matter what industry you are in. But, with research stating that the construction and demolition sector is the largest contributor to waste in the UK, according to the Green Building Council, its time for this industry to take charge. Starting from the beginning of many building projects the bricks can play an important part in ensuring sustainability in buildings. Brick making is estimated to be between 6,000 and 10,000 years old but a booming global population and associated development has led to brick production on an unprecedented scale and the inevitable consumption of massive amounts of energy. Indeed the Brick Development Association calculates the embodied carbon for brick to be 0.244 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of bricks (quarry to site). The brick making industry, like other construction industries,...

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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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HCA publishes latest set of Housing Statistics

A total of 14,176 new homes were completed through programmes run by the Homes and Communities Agency in the first 6 months of the financial year (April 1 to September 30). A further 13,040 new homes were started on site,... Click here to read more

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High Density News

Metropolitan named social landlord for landmark development

21st Nov, 2014

Metropolitan will own and manage 150 affordable homes at Aldgate Place – a major new development minutes from the City of London.A joint venture between Barratt Lon...
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Low Density News

New build project expands its horizons with AluK systems

21st Nov, 2014

Whether building an extension, renovating an existing home or embarking on a new build, the installation of windows and doors plays a crucial role not only from...
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Video of the Week

Solofix Tile Race - SoloFix is a one-piece tile clip from Marley Eternit that installs 30% faster than traditional two-piece clips. Made from ZiAl, the clip has outstanding durability and performance, meaning it is capable of withstanding all UK exposures. Watch

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Article of the Month

Water treatment protocols play a vital role in energy and cost containment

Water treatment protocols play a vital role in ene...
It’s vital to take steps to ensure that heating systems run to their optimal efficiency and preventative maintenance measures are put in place to  co... read more

Refurb & Restoration

Greenwood Airvac offer free ventilation review

21st Nov, 2014

Homes with high humidity levels, condensation and mould are inextricably linked to poor or unsuitable ventilation being installed, which isn’t performing as it should. To hel...
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Training & Education

Investment is vital as contractors respond to RHI

21st Nov, 2014

With over 13,000 accredited installations now registered for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), Sustainable Building Solution (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is calling f...
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