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Quick and easy fit with Garador steel frames

Perfect fit, quickest time – Garador’s precision engineered steel frames provide the best possible solution for fitting garage doors. Purchasing a Garador Up & Over garage door with a steel frame makes the installation quicker, as you simply need to fit the frame straight to the brickwork with as little as 7 fixings for a canopy gear door and 11 fixings for a retractable gear door. The frame can be fitted either between or behind the opening. As with all Garador products, the steel frame and garage door have been developed with longevity in mind. The use of a Garador steel frame which is galvanised to protect against rust, eliminates the need for a timber sub-frame, which will often warp or rot over time. The steel frame also results in a more accurate instal...

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Fixing the foundations after the scrapping of zero carbon homes

Ian Loughnane, Business Unit Director of Kingspan Timber Solutions, looks at last month's scrapping of the zero carbon building standards. The Treasury's statement was presented within detailed documents, published as part of George Osborne's economic productivity drive called, Fixing the Foundations.' The plans have been received with a wave of disappointment from across the industry. Businesses throughout the UK have been investing heavily, for the best part of a decade, in preparation for these future standards. For example, 6.4million - including 3.2million of public funds - was invested in the AIMC4 project, developing and applying materials to create low carbon homes, now to be told that these standards will no longer be implemented. On the back of this announcement the Green Deal cashback scheme was also axed - chipping further away at the government strategy on dealing with high energy bills through home energy efficiency. The transition strategy to a low-carbon economy presented our industry with great aspirations for growth. Environmental considerations would help transform how buildings are constructed, what m...

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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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Property industry urges local authorities to prioritise care homes

Healthcare developers have today urged central and local government to recognise the role that an increased provision of care homes could play in relieving pressure on the NHS and helping cash-strapped local authorities to... Click here to read more

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High Density News

Del Carmen slate added to Military Academy Arsenal

01st Sep, 2015

Del Carmen slate from SSQ has recently been selected for use during the refurbishment of the former Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, south London, which has since been...
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Low Density News

British Gypsum offers greater design flexibility

02nd Sep, 2015

British Gypsum has launched an innovative wall solution that provides improved design flexibility, greater durability and increased acoustic performance.Lifesty...
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Video of the Week

Marley Eternit Handmade Plain Clay Tiles - Nothing compares to handmade clay plain tiles. That's why our new range of Canterbury handmade roof tiles are created true to tradition... 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

Next phase of £22m improvement scheme gets underway

02nd Sep, 2015

The next phase of major improvement work to thousands of homes across Salford has begun.A £1.9million investment scheme to revamp a further 250 properties in Seedley and Char...
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Training & Education

Fronius UK Invites you to their Commercial Solar PV Specification and Installer Event at Milton Keynes

01st Sep, 2015

Fronius UK will be hosting a Commercial Solar PV Day at their Technology Centre in Milton Keynes on Thursday 1st October 2015. The informative day, in collaboration with Zep Solar...
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