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Daikin UK launches the lowest profile VRV unit yet

Cost saving luxury for Jubilee

Birchcastle Homes has specified Marley Eternit’s Duo Edgemere slates for a select development of luxury homes in Wantage.  The tiles were used to give a natural slate look to the roofs of the seven town houses at Jubilee Gardens, while reducing cost and labour time.The bespoke housebuilder chose Smooth Grey and Old English Dark Red Duo Edgemere slates to give character to both steep and low pitch roofs on the properties, as well as for porches and car ports.John Castle, design and development director at Birchcastle Homes, comments: “Duo Edgemere slates offered me a quality solution at an affordable price, while achieving the desired look of the overall building.  They simulate a natural slate product much better than conventional interlocking roof tiles.  It was...

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Tackling overheating - a comfortable home all year round

Michelle Sharp, Group Communications Manager at Zehnder Group UK, talks perceived and actual temperatures: Imagine getting into your car on a hot summers day after it has been sat baking in the sun. You open the door and feel the heat hit you and your immediate reaction is to ramp the air conditioning thermostat down to low and the fans up to high. For a few minutes its sheer bliss. However, once the air temperature has reduced to low (normally 16oC) our ideal comfort level has been surpassed and the rest of the journey is spent alternating between turning the air conditioning on and off never quite reaching a comfortable level. The same is true of our homes during warm spells of weather and with three major factors causing increases in overheating including Zero Carbon energy efficiency agendas, Climate Change and Increased Urbanisation, keeping residential dwellings comfortable for occupants is a fine balancing act in fact keeping them cooler is becoming more of an issue in cities when keeping them warm! Have you heard of the Urban Heat Island effect? In cities unique microclimates can be created due...

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Have you read our blog? We update daily on the current issues impacting the industry. If you've got an article or a burning issue which might contribute to the blog debate, please feel free to get in touch.

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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

One Manchester proposes its first new build housing scheme

Plans are underway to bring 170 new build homes to the rental market in Hulme, one of Manchester city centre’s nearest residential suburbs.   If approved, the new project known as ‘Hulme Living’, will... Click here to read more



High Density News

Solarlux looks back on Olympic triumph

03rd Aug, 2015

The success of the London Anniversary Games recently has prompted Solarlux to look back proudly on the triumph of being involved in London 2012. Solarlux was noted by the...
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Low Density News

New DRU Maestro luxury gas fires with Eco Wave

03rd Aug, 2015

DRU is Europe’s leading manufacturer of contemporary gas fires and wood stoves. The Maestro range, which will become available in autumn 2015, is its most...
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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


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

Daikin UK launches the lowest profile VRV unit yet

03rd Aug, 2015

Daikin UK has introduced its latest addition to its VRV range – the Mini VRV IV S-series, available to order at local branches; the unit stands at less than one metre tall, a...
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Training & Education

Zeroing in on carbon at UK Construction Week

03rd Aug, 2015

The Zero Carbon Hub is the latest name to bring its invaluable insight to UK Construction Week.  The well-respected organisation has signed up as an event partner, supporting...
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