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Kingspan Klargester’s Guide to Sewage Treatment Systems awarded CPD status by CIBSE

Architect specifies Senior’s systems at award-winning home

When architect Robert Evans designed his RIBA award-winning home near Matlock Bath, he specified innovative Hybrid systems from fenestration systems designer and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems throughout.Robert, who is a director at Evans Vettori Architects, sought advice from experts at Senior in order to select the most appropriate systems to maximise views over the stunning Matlock area of Derbyshire.His family dwelling, called High Edge, sits on a steep hillside and has been designed to look like a contemporary Swiss chalet, taking influences from local history, with the area previously being known as ‘Little Switzerland’.The property incorporates timber cladding, traditional stonework and a prominent, sloping roof. It recently won an award at the prestigious Eas...

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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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Plans backed for 500 new homes and jobs in Hampshire

Proposals to bring hundreds of new homes, jobs and better road links to a former Ministry of Defence barracks in Whitehill and Bordon, Hampshire, have taken a big step forward after being backed by councillors. East Hampshire... Click here to read more

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High Density News

Bowled over by design at Gloucester CCC

29th Sep, 2014

Metal Technology curtain walling, window and door products have been installed on a unique development of apartments at Gloucester County Cricket Ground.Designed by archi...
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Low Density News

Profile 22 completes affordable housing development

30th Sep, 2014

PVC-U window, door and curtain walling specialist Profile 22 has helped to complete an innovative new build housing scheme for Carmarthenshire County Council, s...
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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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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

DECC visits Saint-Gobain technical academy

30th Sep, 2014

Saint-Gobain’s newest Technical Academy in Flitwick, Bedfordshire received a visit from Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Green Deal Communities team, w...
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Training & Education

Introducing the Masonry House Package

29th Sep, 2014

H+H, manufacturer of Celcon Blocks, has launched a new technical support package to help smaller building contractors and those involved with self-build projects. The Masonry House...
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