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Blog: insulate the installation for energy efficiency

As house builders are told by the UK government’s climate change adviser to be ‘ashamed’ of their efforts to tackle global warming, Andy Swift, national sales manager at ISO-CHEMIE, says that new foam sealant technology can improve the energy efficiency... View Article

Court case highlights spec change dangers

A recent Northern Ireland High Court case has highlighted challenges that can be faced when a specification is changed. The court heard how new-build apartments in Newtonards, Northern Ireland, had been specified with a BBA-approved full tanking solution with an... View Article

Cut to the chase

A new community is to be ‘unlocked’ in Nottinghamshire by Keepmoat Homes, with the creation of a large access road. Andrew Mason, divisional chairman at the firm explains to Jack Wooler how the housebuilder’s commitment to funding infrastructure helped them... View Article

BRE announces first Home Quality Mark certified home

The first Home Quality Mark (HQM) residence has been certified by the BRE. In what has been described as a ‘landmark seal of approval’, the HQM was awarded to Lancaster Grange in Hertfordshire, a 100 unit development by Crest Nicholson.... View Article

Permission in principle: thumbs up (in principle)

Brian Berry of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) explores the advantages of the new ‘Permission in Principle’ route to planning permission. You may not yet be aware, but since June 2018 a new route to planning permission – ‘Permission... View Article

From the Editor

Depending on your point of view, this Government’s promise to “end rough sleeping by 2027” may either be an insultingly insincere soundbite, or a commendably ambitious promise. As always, Ministers responsible for putting their names to this pledge (including halving... View Article

New board member appointed by Rhodes & Partners

A leading civil and structural engineering consultancy has announced details of a key new senior management appointment. Manchester-based Rhodes & Partners has appointed Dr Jennifer Capp PhD MEng as a director of the company, in a move which is part of a... View Article

Construction’s tale of two quarters

The latest data release from the ONS, published today, shows that construction output rose 0.9% in the second quarter. This follows a 0.8% fall in Q1, in which activity was disrupted by severe weather conditions. Compared to a year earlier,... View Article

Rytons launches fresh new website

Rytons Building Products is pleased to announce the launch of a fresh new look for their website www.vents.co.uk. Featuring specially commissioned images throughout, this ventilation website is lighter, brighter and has simplified menus for even easier navigation. Fully responsive for... View Article

Blog: A brave new (planning) world?

The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the Government’s policies for planning and directs local authorities on matters around granting permission for developments. Sam Dewar, a planning expert and director of DPA Planning, gives his assessment of a... View Article

Designer Contracts delivers double quick homes

Designer Contracts, the UK’s largest flooring supplier, demonstrated its ability to work to a tight schedule when it installed complete interiors schemes to two properties in just one day. Modular property experts ilke Homes called on the help of Designer... View Article
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