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Public land for housing target exceeded by the HCA

Solarlux launches cero invisible window at Ecobuild 2015

Solarlux, the definitive market leader in glass door and glass element technology, will be launching cero, its new invisible sliding window, on stand N2060 at Ecobuild, London EXCEL, on March 3-5. cero is a slim profile all glass slider that can create double or triple glazed panels up to 15m² each.As one of Solarlux’s brands, cero is a highly versatile product with limitless design possibilities, guaranteeing precision, clever technical details, continuous development and technical support. cero permits ceiling-high glazing (with doors of 15m² surface area) and is the ultimate glazing option to maximise visible light transmission without compromising on ventilation or views. With unrestricted design choice through combinations of fixed and sliding elements and open corner...

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Welcome to the world's first Aktivhaus a triple zero home that generates 200% energy

Built within just a few months in 1927, the Weissenhof Settlement in Stuttgart represented a revolution in house building. The designs, by a range of world-famous Bauhaus architects including Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, were indicative of living in the future. Stuttgart based architect and engineer Werner Sobek has carried on this tradition with the creation of world's first fully Aktivhaus (active house). Assembled in just one day, the Aktivhaus known as "B10" for short was designed by Professor Sobek and realised by SchwrerHaus, specialists in prefabricated wooden constructions. Thanks to a sophisticated energy concept and an intelligent building automation system controlled by a specially design app, the Aktivhaus generates twice as much electric power from sustainable energy sources as it consumes making it the first functional Aktivhaus in the world. The building is able to continuously adapt to changing conditions and requirements of indoor and outdoor areas; this enables it to generate approximately 200% of the energy required to power building services and controls, as well as household...

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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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Public land for housing target exceeded by the HCA

The Homes and Communities Agency has already exceeded its contribution to government’s target to release public land with capacity for 100,000 new homes; and expects to exceed it further by the end of March. As at the... Click here to read more

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High Density News

Ubiflex non-lead flashing makes a complex job simple

04th Mar, 2015

CROWN BUILD OF MALDON CHOSE UBBINK’S UBIFLEX NON-LEAD FLASHING SYSTEM FOR A VARIETY OF APPLICATIONS ON THE NEW ROOF AT PRIORY COURT, A PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT IN HATFIE...
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Low Density News

High-Tech and Classic Handmade Garage Doors

04th Mar, 2015

Rundum Meir UK ltd specialise in high quality, standard and custom made, exterior door systems that are made in a range of beautiful materials including timber,...
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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

Beating the brick shortage

05th Mar, 2015

Joe Ragdale, technical manager for Wetherby Building Systems, discusses the alternative construction techniques and materials house builders can use to combat the brick shortage...
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Training & Education

New Home Quality Mark unveiled at Ecobuild 2015

05th Mar, 2015

Leading building science centre BRE introduces a national quality mark for new housing that will transform the way consumers choose the homes they buy and rent and allow house buil...
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