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Orbit sees record numbers of home buyers

Pub style provides metal window inspiration

As part of a major refurbishment of a semi-derelict four-bedroom home and adjoining coach house, Adam and Sarah Johnson saw the opportunity to add an 83m² rear extension that includes a kitchen and open plan living area. To help create the industrial look they wanted they chose steel windows and doors from Steel Window Association Member, Monk Metal Windows.When the Johnson's, who have two children, bought the 150-year-old property in Harborne, a suburb of Birmingham, they were keen to develop some of the design ideas that they had gained developing The Plough at Harborne, the pub that they also own in the village. One of the trends they had noticed in bars and restaurants, particularly in London, was the use of steel windows and doors.The couple's architect, Matt Lucas, and their int...

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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

HQM urges households to prepare for coldest winter in 65 years

With the coldest winter in 65 years forecast to hit the UK later this year, founders of Home Quality Mark (HQM) – a 5-star quality rating scheme for new-build homes created by the Building Research Establishment (BRE)... Click here to read more



High Density News

Orbit sees record numbers of home buyers

30th Nov, 2015

Record numbers of people are starting to own part of their own home, according to figures from one of the country’s leading housing association developers.  Or...
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Low Density News

Its a straight A for GEC Anderson's Series A sinks

30th Nov, 2015

GEC Anderson Series A sinks have proved extremely popular since their introduction earlier this year.  With their distinctive 15mm corner radius and beauti...
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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

Procure Plus supports registered providers with £10m PV scheme

30th Nov, 2015

Procure Plus is helping four North West social housing providers improve the energy efficiency of their homes via a series of photovoltaics (PV) projects totalling £10 millio...
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Training & Education

Actis backs calls to insulate homes of vulnerable elderly

30th Nov, 2015

Insulation specialist Actis has backed calls by the NHS and elderly people’s charity Independent Age for more help for those at risk from cold related death.The appeals follo...
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