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Sapphire's glass balcony balustrades make a difference

New product launched in anticipation of more stringent roof fixing standards

Marley Eternit is the first UK manufacturer to launch a one piece clip and nail, which could save up to 30% on roof clipping time when planned changes to fixing standards in the UK are introduced later this summer.   SoloFix has been launched by Marley Eternit because the revised BS5534, the Code of Practice for Slating and Tiling, is expected to require a much higher number of roofs to be both clipped and nailed, in preparation for more extreme weather conditions in the UK. Widely regarded as the most time consuming mechanical fixing method for a roof tile, clipping was previously only seen in fixing specifications for high exposure areas.  Under the proposed changes to BS5534, new wind uplift calculations would be used to not only bring the UK in line with the Eurocode, bu...

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EWI loses out in ECO consultation response

Following DECCs response to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Consultation, Wetherby Building Systems is advising that the reduction in external wall insulation (EWI) installations that will come as a result needs immediate address. Wetherbys sales director Paul Kirby comments: DECCs response to the ECO Consultation made for bleak reading for the Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) industry. It is clear that there will be a definite shift away from SWI for the next period of funding, which will only serve to hinder achieving the carbon reduction targets and limit the number of families brought out of fuel poverty. There was a huge call from all corners of the industry to increase the suggested minimum level of SWI installations from 100,000, and this does not even come close to the achievable capacity, yet instead DECC has completely ignored this advice and set the minimum target based on carbon savings. This will result in less than 100,000 properties being fitting with SWI, since energy companies will opt to cherry pick schemes that will provide the greatest carbon savings, thereby ignoring millions of fuel poor households th...

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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

First public land pilot disposal to bring new homes to Liverpool

More than 100 new homes are to be built on former railway land in Aintree, Liverpool, after completion of the first public land pilot disposal. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has recently taken on 35 sites from other... Click here to read more



High Density News

Balfour Beatty secures £24m Royal School of Music scheme

29th Jul, 2014

Balfour Beatty has secured a £24 million project to build new accommodation for Campus Living Villages for over 400 students of the world-famous Royal College of Mu...
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Low Density News

HWL reports strong demand for sliding sash windows

30th Jul, 2014

HWL Windows Group, the Leeds-based manufacturer of PVC-u and aluminium windows and doors, has reported a significant increase in demand for its Sliding Sash win...
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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

New ultra slim LED light fitting for social housing

28th Jul, 2014

UK lighting manufacturer, Commulite claims the new communal and emergency light fitting is the slimmest available.Specifically aimed at the social housing marketplace, the new Slik...
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Training & Education

Uponor freezes prices with new 2014 price guide

29th Jul, 2014

Uponor has underlined its support for the heating and plumbing trade by freezing prices across all product ranges in its latest installer price guide.The new A5 guide, which is now...
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