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Häfele expands Essential architectural ironmongery range

Premium home solutions specialist, Häfele UK has refreshed its range of architectural ironmongery, to ensure it is offering merchants, distributors and trade professionals high quality products at the best possible price.As a trusted name in architectural ironmongery and hardware, Häfele UK has searched the globe in order to find the best product at the best prices for our Trade customers. The newly presented range of Essential Ironmongery offers a selection of improved, new and exclusive products, all of which are competitively priced.Häfele UK’s Essential Ironmongery range includes an improved range of door furniture such as handles, protection plates and accessories including door numbers, knockers, stoppers and hooks, available in a vast selection of colours and fi...

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Housbuilding hike proves problematic

With recent studies indicating a significant shortage of bricks and indeed skilled workers, greater focus needs to be made on alternative methods of construction to ensure the current boom in demand is met, says Bruce Macdonald, MD of Durisol UK: With housebuilding projects growing at the fastest rate since 2003, brick manufacturers are struggling to cope with demand. Coupled with a notable shortage of skills, the construction industry needs to act fast to ensure projects do not fall behind a closer look at alternative construction methods is surely the answer. "According to the Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI report, activity across civil engineering, housebuilding and commercial construction continued to expand quickly in July. Whilst this news is a welcome break from what weve seen over the past few years, there is simply not enough being done to ensure that materials are readily available at an affordable price. "In that vein, skilled workers are also in short supply unfortunately, this means those who do have the skills are able to command increasingly high rates, which will undoubtedly lead to greater financ...

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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

Sky-high housing costs leave five million stuck in the rent-trap

Two thirds of private renters in England – the equivalent of five million people – are unable to save a penny towards a deposit for a home of their own, leaving them stuck in the ‘rent trap’. Figures... Click here to read more

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High Density News

New £4.9m Extra Care scheme set to open in spring 2015

29th Oct, 2014

A £4.9 million Extra Care facility in Rochdale built with the help of £903,000 of Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) funding is on course to open in Spring...
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Low Density News

EGGER offers a cost-effective alternative

29th Oct, 2014

Wood panel and laminates manufacturer EGGER has launched a revolutionary new range of boards into the UK market which replicate the look of painted timber at a...
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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

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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

Keep black mould at bay with Safeguard Dryzone System paint

27th Oct, 2014

Guaranteed to protect against black mould for five years, Dryzone System Mould Resistant Emulsion Paint from Safeguard Europe provides lasting protection against the effects of con...
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Training & Education

Actis launches CPD module addresses performance gap

29th Oct, 2014

A CPD module aimed at helping construction industry professionals tackle the performance gap has been launched this month by insulation pioneers Actis.The seminar responds to the Z...
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