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First home completed in £350 million project

Bamboo is the perfect material for pioneering eco retrofit

A 1960s end of terrace house in central Oxford is being transformed into an ultra-low energy home.  Since August 2013 its owners, Tim Nicholson and Joanne Bowlt, have been installing a number of measures to save and generate energy, whilst remodelling the interior to create a stylish and comfortable family home.  Installing green technologies within new build properties is now common practice, however retrofitting these technologies within existing homes presents some tremendous challenges.  Tim Nicholson says: "There are 25 million houses in the UK and 80% of these will still be around by 2050 by which time they need to be zero carbon.   We are trying to do our bit, exploring what can be done in an ambitious way.  However, whilst energy efficiency is an impor...

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Getting the building blocks in place

Jim Matthews, third generation owner of family run brick works H.G. Matthews, offers insight in to how choosing bricks which have been wood-fired, a process which dates back to the 18th century, can offer massive sustainability benefits. Focus on sustainability and the environment has never been more important, no matter what industry you are in. But, with research stating that the construction and demolition sector is the largest contributor to waste in the UK, according to the Green Building Council, its time for this industry to take charge. Starting from the beginning of many building projects the bricks can play an important part in ensuring sustainability in buildings. Brick making is estimated to be between 6,000 and 10,000 years old but a booming global population and associated development has led to brick production on an unprecedented scale and the inevitable consumption of massive amounts of energy. Indeed the Brick Development Association calculates the embodied carbon for brick to be 0.244 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of bricks (quarry to site). The brick making industry, like other construction industries,...

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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

Local Plans should allocate land for retirement housing

The British Property Federation (BPF) has added its voice to calls for local authorities to include a requirement for retirement homes in their Local Plans.   A new report published by Demos on behalf of the All Party... Click here to read more



High Density News

First home completed in £350 million project

25th Nov, 2014

The first home in an ambitious, £350 million programme designed to transform the quality and choice of housing in the North East has been completed and officially o...
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Low Density News

Sensio presents the Orbit tiltable LED under cabinet light

24th Nov, 2014

Leading lighting specialist Sensio is pleased to include it’s Orbit tiltable LED under cabinet light within its ever expanding portfolio of innovative LED...
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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


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

GRAHAM completes Deaconess House refurbishment

24th Nov, 2014

Doors have opened at the £14.5 million redevelopment of the historic Deaconess House on Edinburgh’s Pleasance, completed by GRAHAM Construction. Main contractors GRAHAM...
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Training & Education

Wetherby invests in training the next generation

25th Nov, 2014

Wetherby Building Systems, the leading provider of external wall insulation (EWI) solutions, has teamed up with colleges across the country and invested more than £10,000 to...
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