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 Social housing sector continues in a strong financial position

Solarlux introduces new, stylish glass canopy

Solarlux has introduced a new, stylish glass canopy to its range. Anova offers a flexible cover solution for the garden and patio whilst providing a clear view of the sky come rain or shine. Solarlux showcased its Anova glass canopy for the first time at the international trade fair R+T in Stuttgart in March 2015. The Anova system is made from elegant aluminium sections that are available in 12 fixed sizes and two design variants: In addition to a fixed glass element in the roof area, Solarlux also provides the option of being able to open individual glass sections. With sliding glass elements, up to 50 per cent of the entire roof area can be slid open thanks to the floating support mechanism of the glass elements within the new rafter section. The glass joint to the sliding element is fit...

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New report calls on Government to provide more incentives to encourage off-site construction and better quality homes

Modular off-site building could be the key to solving the UKs broken housing market, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Dr Tim Fox, Lead Author of the report and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, explains: "The UK House Building: Manufacturing Affordable Quality Homes report is calling on Government to provide more incentives for the off-site construction of homes. The report also recommends that the Government reverse policies which discourage the construction of quality, sustainable housing and that more work should be done to diversify UK house building, by opening up opportunities to self-builders, local authorities and housing associations. The UK is in the middle of an acute housing crisis. Current annual construction levels are typically less than half of the estimated 250,000 new homes this country needs built every year through to at least the 2030s. The new Government needs to demonstrate real ambition, leadership and innovation, not make small piecemeal changes, if it is going to solve the UKs housing crisis. Overhauling the way the UK constructs homes could...

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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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Meeting the challenges of Part L in Wales

House builders and designers who operate in Wales will today benefit from new guidance by the NHBC Foundation on how to meet the challenges of Part L. With the zero carbon standard for new homes coming closer, house builders... Click here to read more

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High Density News

British Gypsum to create healthy homes at social housing event

01st Jul, 2015

British Gypsum, the UK’s leading manufacturer of interior lining systems, will be showcasing its product range for the social housing sector at the 2015 Great Homes...
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Low Density News

Homeowners urged to strike as biomass RHI tariff reduces

02nd Jul, 2015

As of July 1, the government's Renewable Heating Incentive tariff for biomass boilers and stoves has decreased from 8.93p to 7.14p per kilowatt hour, for all ne...
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Marley Eternit Handmade Plain Clay Tiles - Nothing compares to handmade clay plain tiles. That's why our new range of Canterbury handmade roof tiles are created true to tradition... 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

Forgotten town to become student hub

02nd Jul, 2015

Property developers have overhauled two floors of a former office building in Stoke-on-Trent to provide student accommodation. Majestic Court, in South Wolfe Street, Stoke, has bee...
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Training & Education

Industry falling short of mandatory BIM target

01st Jul, 2015

Three quarters of construction professionals do not believe the industry is ready to meet mandatory BIM Level 2 requirements by 2016, according to research conducted by UK Construc...
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