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Tesco unlocks its landbank to build 4,000 new homes

Saniflo launches the Sanishower Flat

The experts at Saniflo have made it easier than ever to have a shower in the most awkward of spaces, such as a basement.  The new Sanishower Flat is a pumping solution for low-level shower trays of 80mm and over, which is capable of pumping a standard electric or gravity mixer shower and the two inlets mean a washbasin can be added too. The Sanishower Flat allows you to install a shower anywhere a water supply can reach, even when there is no gravity drainage available. This means the installation of showers in awkward basement areas or converted garage spaces has never been easier. It also means that you can avoidcostly time consuming and disruptive excavation works under the proposed shower area.  The Sanishower Flat pumps waste water up to 3m vertically and 20m horizontally an...

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Will this new Cabinet reshuffle fill the gap between aspiration and delivery?

In his biggest reshuffle since becoming Prime Minister, David Cameron fired the starting gun for the general election by sacking or moving at least six Cabinet members to make way for a series of fresh replacements, who will be promoted on Tuesday. Steven Heath, Director Public Affairs and Strategy for Knauf Insulation Northern Europe responds to the latest Cabinet news: This week the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) annual progress report warned a lack of certainty is eroding the country's chance of meeting the fourth carbon budget. The CCC goes on to highlight the failure of current policy to exploit the cost effective carbon savings available in the UKs building stock especially our existing homes. It is because of this absence of a coherent direction of travel in policy that industry is reduced to looking for confidence in signs, such as who has been promoted to what job and what their track record on the energy efficiency agenda actually is? In truth, there is little time to make a significant impact on policies such as Green Deal before the next election, yet changes were promised and there remains a yawni...

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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

Tesco unlocks its landbank to build 4,000 new homes

Tesco is to build 4,000 new homes in an attempt to make use of its vast undeveloped landbank with a £1bn construction programme. The plan is the biggest housebuilding project ever announced by the supermarket and among... Click here to read more



High Density News

A poetic edge from Marley Eternit

21st Jul, 2014

Marley Eternit’s Duo Edgemere and Ashmore interlocking tiles have been specified in contrasting Smooth Grey and Old English Dark Red colours to give visual appeal t...
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Low Density News

New affordable homes for Gateshead

21st Jul, 2014

Work has begun on a scheme which will provide 20 new affordable homes for families in the greatest housing need in west Gateshead.  The energy-efficient pr...
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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

Johnstone's and Carillion join forces

21st Jul, 2014

Johnstone's Trade has played its part in adding a splash of colour to the homes of at risk young people as part of Business in the Community's Give & Gain Day. The leading pain...
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Training & Education

New CCF sustainability and waste management guide

21st Jul, 2014

Leading interior building products and insulation distributor CCF has launched an all new Sustainable Solutions Guide as part of its on-going dedication to improving environmental...
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