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Häfele expands Essential architectural ironmongery range

noCO boiler shut-off system offers enhanced protection

The latest addition to Sprue Safety Products’ expanding range of home safety solutions will offer an added level of protection against potentially lethal carbon monoxide (CO).  Each year, dozens of people die or are injured as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, but these incidents are avoidable if appliances are regularly checked by registered engineers and working CO alarms located correctly to warn occupants of the gas’ presence before it reaches dangerous levels. Worryingly, only around 20% of UK homes have CO alarms, leaving the vast majority unprotected. The noCO system provides the highest level of protection against carbon monoxide for homeowners and tenants. In the event of a carbon monoxide leak, it will shut down the gas boiler.  Compatible with any boil...

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Housbuilding hike proves problematic

With recent studies indicating a significant shortage of bricks and indeed skilled workers, greater focus needs to be made on alternative methods of construction to ensure the current boom in demand is met, says Bruce Macdonald, MD of Durisol UK: With housebuilding projects growing at the fastest rate since 2003, brick manufacturers are struggling to cope with demand. Coupled with a notable shortage of skills, the construction industry needs to act fast to ensure projects do not fall behind a closer look at alternative construction methods is surely the answer. "According to the Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI report, activity across civil engineering, housebuilding and commercial construction continued to expand quickly in July. Whilst this news is a welcome break from what weve seen over the past few years, there is simply not enough being done to ensure that materials are readily available at an affordable price. "In that vein, skilled workers are also in short supply unfortunately, this means those who do have the skills are able to command increasingly high rates, which will undoubtedly lead to greater financ...

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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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RIBA to launch new range of building contracts

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is launching two new and innovative building contracts next month (5 November). Designed to be used in conjunction with RIBA’s Architect’s Appointment Agreements... Click here to read more

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High Density News

Steni panels are sheer poetry for Byron Residences

24th Oct, 2014

A new student accommodation complex at Nottingham Trent University features Steni cladding.Rainscreen cladding panels by Steni UK were specified for an award-winning &pou...
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Low Density News

British Ceramic Tile launch Trace, a new premium ceramic tile collection

24th Oct, 2014

British Ceramic Tile is poised to launch a new high-end collection for 2014 in partnership with Conran and Partners; the collaborative British design studio fou...
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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

University halls warm to Thermaskirt

24th Oct, 2014

One of Cambridge University’s oldest purpose built student residences, Cripps Court, has recently undergone a complete refurbishment to bring it up to 21st century standards....
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Training & Education

Resilience14: expert speakers for Britain Under Water seminar

24th Oct, 2014

Resilience14's Britain Under Water seminar will highlight the latest thinking on flood issues, through an international selection of expert speakers from government, academia and t...
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