New president calls on CIBSE to adapt to change

Stephen Lisk, incoming President, has made a resounding call for CIBSE to accelerate its evolution in response to a rapidly changing world. Lisk’s Presidential address focussed on the pace of change within the natural world as well as the construction... View Article

300,000 new homes a year: an achievable goal?

Steve Mansour, CEO at insurer CRL, explains how to make the homebuilding process more about building homes. Getting tangled up in red tape is every small to medium builder and developer’s nightmare. Overly complex policies, unnecessary processes, outdated legacy systems... View Article

Comment on Intergenerational Commission report

Mark Farmer, chief executive of Cast, said: “The price and availability of land is a major problem within the housing market. Developers have increasingly been accused of overpaying for land by suppressing affordable housing provision and challenging quotas through the planning... View Article

HBA: New Housing Secretary needs to value SMEs’ contribution

Following Sajid Javid’s appointment as home secretary, Theresa May has nominated James Brokenshire MP as the new secretary of state for housing, communities and local government. The House Builders Association (HBA) – the house building division of the National Federation... View Article

Occupational safety at home: construction

Planning and Preparation Those building their own house need to undertake as much detailed planning as a building contractor and in fact need to take even more care than an established firm who will already have stringent regulations in place.... View Article

CIS Tax Rebates: what you need to know

Could you be leaving cash on the table without even realising? You wouldn’t be the only one. A staggering number of construction workers aren’t claiming the Tax rebates they’re entitled to and are leaving themselves out of pocket. In this... View Article

Housing for the many begins with builders

Jeremy Corbyn has announced a green paper, entitled ‘Housing for the Many’, setting out the Labour Party’s strategy to fix the housing crisis. Centred on social housing, this green paper aims to deliver one million genuinely affordable homes over ten... View Article

Labour announces green paper: “Housing for the Many”

Labour has today launched a green paper entitled  ‘Housing for the Many” setting out their proposals for the UK Housing market. The green paper is a high level consultation document, which is heavy on policy announcements and somewhat lighter on... View Article

Let’s face the music and dance

James Parker looks at the prospects for house building and gives his forthright views on Brexit. Yes, the weather has been appalling in recent weeks – and certain world leaders might be more than troublesome – but you can’t blame... View Article