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Stonemarket unveils new products for 2015

Stonemarket is proud to launch its comprehensive new range of cutting-edge garden and driveway products for 2015.  These range additions demonstrate Stonemarket’s ongoing commitment to creating stunning, design-led products which are loved by homeowners, garden designers and landscapers alike.Extend your living space with Stonemarket’s Vitrified paving, perfect for use both outdoors and in. The product is available in three ranges; Paleo, Gravity and Lucent. Paleo comes in three contemporary colours, Sand, Gold and a subtle light blue Azura. Gravity offers robust good looks and plenty of urban cool, available in two on-trend colours Basalt, a dark grey, and Black a superb true black and Lucent has a classically attractive appearance with a gently riven texture.Vitrified pa...

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An Open Letter to The Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister, It is with regret that I have to inform you that my company, Green Heat Ltd, will uncouple from the Green Deal as a Green Deal Heating Installer today, the second anniversary of the launch of this flagship initiative. I have been one of the greatest supporters of this scheme and we have tried very hard to make it work over the past two years. I have raised my concerns at the Green Deal Forums, which I was invited to be a member of as a small heating installer, but this Green Deal field is still being ploughed when it is full of boulders. There appears to be a reluctance to make any real changes to the scheme that would enable small companies like mine to engage viably and economically. The original scheme was going to be open to all Gas-Safe registered installers without the need for the added costs of PAS2030 for management systems, additional accreditation, inspections and surveillance. This was agreed with industry, as we are already highly regulated with a requirement to undertake costly training and examination every five years to maintain gas accreditation. In addition to this, we are able t...

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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.

Today's Story

NHBC reports highest number of detached homes in a decade

New figures from NHBC show that housebuilders are building the highest number of detached homes for a decade - more than during the peak of the property boom in 2007. Last year saw a sharp 24% increase in the numbers of... Click here to read more

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High Density News

SWISH SUPPLY LOW MAINTENANCE PEACE OF MIND FOR RETIRED HOMEOWNERS

29th Jan, 2015

PVC-U roofline products, cladding and Tudor board from Swish Building Products have been used to complete Wellington Court, a McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living devel...
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Low Density News

New innovations from wedi

30th Jan, 2015

With it’s latest innovation for floor level showers wedi has developed a solution to meet customer requirements in the form of new Fundo Riolito neo which...
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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

SIKA PROVES PERFECT CHOICE FOR TOWER BLOCK MAKEOVER

29th Jan, 2015

The Neston Gardens tower block in Birkenhead was in need of major refurbishment to bring its ageing interior and exterior up to modern standards and improve the quality of life for...
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Training & Education

Free solar thermal CPD webinar

29th Jan, 2015

Correctly designing and sizing a solar thermal system for residential applications can be a tricky job if you don’t have the in-depth knowledge and understanding of this tech...
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