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Super flat benefits from Knauf flooring systems

A multi-million pound apartment at one of London’s most exclusive developments, One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge, now has improved acoustics and sophisticated cable management with the installation of FHB acoustic partial access flooring developed by Knauf, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of lightweight building materials and systems. As part of a £500,000 refurbishment, contractors Management Construction Technology (MCT) installed the flooring throughout the 630m2 apartment so as to maintain the maximum possible floor-to-ceiling height, while still being able to run all the services beneath the flooring. The substrate was uneven yet Knauf’s FHB system flooring was chosen because it could achieve a level floor, while requiring no drying time, and was suitable f...

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Living elements must be part of sustainable affordable housing

As the General Election approaches and political parties make their statements about how they intend to address the affordable housing crisis in the UK, living systems developer and supplier Mobilane is calling for living plant elements to be a key consideration in planning and design. The affordable housing debate will always focus on costing a nationwide programme of housebuilding, explains Paul Garlick of Mobilane. But for any programme to be truly sustainable and effective it must also consider quality of life for occupants and the best ways of getting value for money. It is widely accepted that issues such as energy efficiency are key to ensuring housing projects deliver true ongoing affordability for occupants and there has been excellent work done on ensuring modern affordable house designs incorporate the highest levels of energy efficiency. However, green space will be at a premium on affordable housing developments and this will have a negative impact on both quality of life and health. So the challenge is to find ways to incorporate living plant elements into house designs that do not demand too much space and w...

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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

Construction hits two-year low due to general election jitters

UK construction activity suffered its sharpest fall since Q1 2013 as private developers hit the brakes ahead of the general election, according to new figures from industry analysts Glenigan. The Glenigan Index for May, which... Click here to read more

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High Density News

Partnership delivers new private rented sector homes

05th May, 2015

M&G Real Estate and Crest Nicholson plc, a leading developer of sustainable communities, have signed a deal to purchase 97 new private rental homes in Bath Riverside....
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Low Density News

Specify the smart solution with Greenstar i from Worcester

05th May, 2015

Leading manufacturer, Worcester, Bosch Group has unveiled the latest gas-fired combi boiler to join its market leading range. The Greenstar i boasts enhanced pe...
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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

Protect and repair damp chimneys with Safeguard Europe

05th May, 2015

Chimneys are vulnerable to rain penetration, especially in winter, and Safeguard Europe — the UK’s leading specialist in damp - and waterproofing, and masonry repairs &...
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Training & Education

Plastic learning tool set to revolutionise construction industry

05th May, 2015

The brainchild of a Chartered Surveyor who saw a need for an effective learning tool in building and construction has been brought to life by a plastic injection moulding company a...
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