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Sika Liquid Plastics cures challenges in housing refurbishment projects

Sika Liquid Plastics has developed a rapid range of liquid applied membranes for social housing refurbishment schemes with cure times of as little as 20 minutes, even at very low temperatures.The Sikalastic Rapid range utilises PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate) technology, offering one of the fastest curing times of any liquid applied membrane in the market.  PMMA has proved to be advantageous for situations where the contractor’s access to the area to be treated may be restricted, and a fast application is desirable.  A typical scenario would include communal walkways and stair wells within housing blocks frequently seen in urban areas, where residents require access to their home within an acceptable time period. Sarah Spink, product manager at Sika Liquid Plastics, said: &l...

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MEP backs EU action to boost low carbon economy

The European Union action to renovate homes, boost the UK economy, create more than 100,000 jobs and lift millions out of fuel poverty, has received the backing of a North West Labour MEP; Afzal Khan. On his first visit to Knauf Insulation's Factory in St Helens, where he saw how products are manufactured and discussed the company's work to champion energy efficiency in the UK and Europe, Mr Khan said more could be done at an EU level to support the UKs low carbon economy. During Mr Khans visit, he also signed the Renovate Europe Campaign manifesto to Stop Energy Waste in Buildings - a campaign that Knauf Insulation actively supports across Europe. Afzal Khan, Labour MEP for the North West of England, commented: "Investing in our low carbon economy is vital to protecting manufacturing jobs like those here in St Helens and across the UK. That's why I'm backing Renovate Europe's Campaign, urging the EU to tackle energy waste and to make everyone's home energy efficient. "It was great to visit the factory to see the manufacturing process up close and to learn about the innovative way that the products are then packaged, r...

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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

NHBC study shows 36,566 new homes registered in Q1

A total of 36,566 new homes were registered by NHBC in the first three months of the year in the UK, according to NHBC's latest new home registration statistics. Of these, 28,398 new homes were registered in the private... Click here to read more



High Density News

EcoWorld Ballymore launches Wardian London’s West Tower

25th Apr, 2016

EcoWorld Ballymore has announced the launch of both the West Tower at Wardian London and ‘The Gardener’, a bespoke, indoor and outdoor landscaping service. Th...
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Low Density News

Aico exhibits latest alarms and technologies at Housing 2016

27th Apr, 2016

Aico’s range of market leading smoke and CO alarms, along with working examples of its latest data extraction technologies, will be on show at the Charter...
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Video of the Week

Sky is working with a number of leading developers to offer market-leading 'walk-in working' services to residents, so that they can switch on from day one. Get Living London is the owner and management company... Watch


Article of the Month

Pipe boxing - the big cover up

Pipe boxing - the big cover up
With the potential for local authorities and housing associations to save tens of thousands of pounds, just by changing the way heating system and boiler pipewo... read more

Refurb & Restoration

Show-stopping success for Hörmann at the NEC

25th Apr, 2016

Hörmann enjoyed another highly successful year at the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show at Birmingham’s NEC earlier this month.Over 35,000 homeowners and self-bu...
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Training & Education

QRL opens permanent stand at London’s Building Centre

27th Apr, 2016

In a move to strengthen its customer support offering and brand presence in the South East, leading UK manufacturer QRL Radiator Group will be opening a dedicated product showcase...
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