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NHBC new home registrations show modest increase on last year

Beach-side bathrooms from Roca

Roca's range of robust yet stylish bathroom products have been used to withstand sandy guests at Twitterings, a high-end beach-side holiday home in West Wittering, near Chichester. Designed by Hawkes Architects, Twittering's sleeps eight to ten people, comprising four bedrooms and four bathrooms - en suites, shower rooms and a family bathroom. With a contemporary, beach-house style, featuring quirky design touches, such as porthole windows and ‘Sussex-style' weatherboarding, it was important that the bathroom sanitaryware and furniture was functional, but also fitted in with the overall look and feel of the building. Tony Bradbury, Twittering's owner, explained why Roca was the perfect choice: "With Twitterings' close proximity to the sea and sandy beach we knew that the bathrooms wo...

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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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NHBC new home registrations show modest increase on last year

New figures released by NHBC show that the number of new homes being registered across the UK remains slightly ahead of corresponding statistics for last year. The latest statistics show that 38,099 new homes were registered... Click here to read more

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High Density News

Mitsubishi Electric welcomes DECC heat pump map

27th Aug, 2014

Mitsubishi Electric has welcomed the publication by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) of a national water source heat map, which highlights the signifi...
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Low Density News

illbruck sealants for low carbon home

29th Aug, 2014

A private residential development near Chelmsford in Essex has achieved air leakage rates within the limits required for the PassivHaus standard, thanks in part...
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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

SWA members see ‘Belgium doors' making a comeback

29th Aug, 2014

As in the fashion world, architecture tends to be cyclical with UK designers having revisited everything over the years from Tudor beams to vertical tile hanging. Steel windows, fo...
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Training & Education

Bristan's Shower to the People roadshow goes the extra mile

29th Aug, 2014

It would seem that there is no stopping Bristan’s nationwide roadshow, as the ‘Shower to the People’ van has now clocked up an impressive 10,000 miles. Havin...
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