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New white paper calls for more strategic action on flooding

Richard Burbidge launches Express Flooring

Richard Burbidge has now entered the flooring market with its new Express Flooring range, featuring a variety of popular flooring finishes and accessories.Express Flooring compliments Richard Burbidge’s rich heritage in the stair part and mouldings markets, allowing installers to offer a complete hall makeover package.The new range is inspired by current trends within the home improvement market and has 3 systems, solid, engineered and laminated that have been designed specifically to combine durability and functionality to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets, helping homeowners achieve the luxury look and feel that wooden floors can provide.For the premium finish, solid wood provides unbeatable aesthetic appeal, while also providing robust flooring in high traffic areas, such as...

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GDHIF news welcomes by EWI industry

DECCs announcement regarding the reopening of the GDHIF, is a positive one for the External Wall Insulation (EWI) industry, says Paul Kirby, sales director for Wetherby Building Systems. As the industry braces itself for the whirlwind that will be the next phase of the GDHIF, it is good news for the EWI industry. The allocation of 24 million of the fund for EWI clearly demonstrates that DECC has listened to the industry; as a group, we have supported the National Insulation Association (NIA) in urging DECC to invest in EWI as the most effective way to help fuel poor households reduce their energy bills and make their homes warmer this winter, to take the fabric first approach. With the cuts to the ECO scheme hitting the EWI industry the hardest, the reopening of the GDHIF will go some way to compensate for this and support the companies that had geared up for the expected increase in work as a result of ECO, that was pulled from under them. The only issue is how long this round of funding will last; most people will be expecting nothing short of a stampede come 9am on Wednesday morning, but a more robust applicat...

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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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BPF supports calls to introduce brownfield land remediation fund

The British Property Federation (BPF) has backed calls for the government to create a remediation fund for development on brownfield land, which it says would provide a boost to the property industry. A Select Committee... Click here to read more

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High Density News

Comelit selected for luxury Kew Bridge West development

17th Dec, 2014

Comelit UK, part of the global Comelit manufacturing group, has provided over 250 monitors and 23 entrance panels for a new development in Richmond, southwest London. Kew...
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Low Density News

GROHE showcases kitchen expertise at LivingKitchen

17th Dec, 2014

Organised as part of the imm cologne interiors show, the LivingKitchen event has clearly established itself as a leading industry platform. From January 19 to 2...
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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

Red Kite flies in to tackle fuel poverty for tenants

17th Dec, 2014

An innovative housing organisation in Buckinghamshire is aiming to tackle fuel poverty for its tenants through the use of renewable air source heat pumps, which are helping save hu...
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Training & Education

New white paper calls for more strategic action on flooding

17th Dec, 2014

BRE welcomes the Treasury’s £2.3 billion investment in flood defences but with one in six homes now under threat of flooding from rivers, sea and surface water a new ap...
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