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Worcester's newest heating controls make perfect sense

Leading manufacturer, Worcester Bosch Group has launched a new family of stylish heating controls, offering further choice for homeowners looking for the ultimate levels of comfort from their heating system.Comprising two wired heating controls as well as a solar module, the Greenstar Sense I and Sense II combine premium efficiency and a sophisticated design – creating a range of heating controls which will provide maximum control over a property’s heating system while boosting its environmental credentials.The range replaces Worcester’s successful series of FX controls, and makes use of a number of energy saving features that will enable installers to enhance the heating efficiency of a property and help monitor its energy consumption. With new classifications for contro...

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MEP backs EU action to boost low carbon economy

The European Union action to renovate homes, boost the UK economy, create more than 100,000 jobs and lift millions out of fuel poverty, has received the backing of a North West Labour MEP; Afzal Khan. On his first visit to Knauf Insulation's Factory in St Helens, where he saw how products are manufactured and discussed the company's work to champion energy efficiency in the UK and Europe, Mr Khan said more could be done at an EU level to support the UKs low carbon economy. During Mr Khans visit, he also signed the Renovate Europe Campaign manifesto to Stop Energy Waste in Buildings - a campaign that Knauf Insulation actively supports across Europe. Afzal Khan, Labour MEP for the North West of England, commented: "Investing in our low carbon economy is vital to protecting manufacturing jobs like those here in St Helens and across the UK. That's why I'm backing Renovate Europe's Campaign, urging the EU to tackle energy waste and to make everyone's home energy efficient. "It was great to visit the factory to see the manufacturing process up close and to learn about the innovative way that the products are then packaged, r...

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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

Boost for aspiring self-builders

Self-builders will find it much easier to kick-start their dreams of building a home with the launch of new registers to support eager builders find plots, Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has announced. From 1... Click here to read more



High Density News

Advanced Facade Solution for Structural Timber Construction

02nd Feb, 2016

Taking its name from the historic use of the adjacent canal - the Timber Basin in Panmure Street will provide 108 new homes for Queens Cross Housing Association. The mixe...
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Low Density News

Passivhaus building uses ISO-BLOCO-ONE window sealing tape

04th Feb, 2016

High performance foam sealing tape has helped a specialist timber frame building achieve Passivhaus low energy standards. Bespoke fenestration and composite win...
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Video of the Week

Sky is working with a number of leading developers to offer market-leading 'walk-in working' services to residents, so that they can switch on from day one. Get Living London is the owner and management company... Watch


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

Celotex announces new industry-leading flat roofing range

01st Feb, 2016

Celotex, specialist PIR insulation providers with over 90 years of experience in the industry, unveils a new innovative range of flat roofing solutions giving installers a versatil...
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Training & Education

PAS 3621 sets the standard for multi-point locks

04th Feb, 2016

House builders and door fabricators now have the opportunity of specifying PAS 3621 multi-point locks in order to raise levels of security in bespoke domestic entry doors.PAS 3621...
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