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The chemistry of quality

Bradite’s chief chemist Sean Tormay explains why only the best makes sense when it comes to paint formulation. Why do exterior coatings degrade? The major requirement of interior/exterior protective coatings is durability for long term protection. This is especially critical... View Article

Offsite, on-trend

The ongoing shortage of housing in the UK has lead to a resurgence in modular construction. Richard Haines of eurobrick considers the benefits of brick slip systems in this context. Without doubt, speed of delivery has to be one of... View Article

Rising costs means mixed start to 2017 for construction industry

SME builders, civil engineering firms, product manufacturers and specialist contractors all reported a strong start to 2017 with increases in sales, output and workloads in Q1 driven by increased demand. The Construction Products Association’s Construction Trade Survey Q1 also painted... View Article

NHIC issues ‘Five Point Plan’ for Government

The National Home Improvement Council today launched their industry-led manifesto outlining five key areas it feels the next UK Government should focus on alongside negotiating Britain’s departure from the European Union. The National Home Improvement Council wants all political parties... View Article

Rising costs means mixed start to 2017 for construction industry

SME builders, civil engineering firms, product manufacturers and specialist contractors all reported a strong start to 2017 with increases in sales, output and workloads in Q1 driven by increased demand. The Construction Products Association’s Construction Trade Survey Q1 also painted... View Article

All change at this year’s Network VEKA AGM!

Industry-leading installer support organisation, Network VEKA, has hosted another fantastic Members’ Weekend and glittering awards ceremony. The ever-popular event, this year held in Warwick, attracted more than 240 attendees in the organisation’s 21st year. The day kicked off with a... View Article

The Apex of offsite construction

Apex House, a 29-storey student accommodation scheme in Wembley, stands tall as Europe’s highest modular tower yet built, demonstrating the reach now possible using offsite systems. Europe’s tallest modular tower has seen its final module lowered into place. The 29... View Article

Shipping containers can be useful in an emergency

A new innovative emergency accommodation development was officially opened recently in Ealing, London; providing a new option for under-resourced councils.­­ The 34 apartment development was created using a kit of moveable and reusable parts, based around re-purposed shipping containers, offering... View Article

The Social Network: Hard Pressed

After the Lord Mayor’s show (the Housing White Paper) things can always seem a little bit flat, but that’s usually when the hard work really starts. In this instance, we’ve all heard the commitments to building more new homes of... View Article

The Industry Advocate

After the shock election announcement, Brian Berry looks at what the next Government’s construction priorities need to be Even by the standards of the time, Theresa May’s announcement that there was to be a general election was an extraordinary development,... View Article

Strong start for 2017 home registrations

Over 42,000 new homes were registered in the UK by NHBC in the first three months of the year, according to figures released at the NHBC’s Q1 statistics briefing. 42,470 new homes were registered in Q1, an increase of 17... View Article

NAO looks at state of sector

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published an overview of the housing market in England, detailing the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) housing strategy and the overall housing policy landscape. Two of the DCLG’s current four strategic objectives... View Article

Election reaction: social housing

Patrick Mooney, editor of Housing Management & Maintenance, looks at how the general election is likely to affect the social housing sector.  A period of uncertainty is the inevitable outcome of the general election, with parts of the Housing &... View Article

From the Editor

No one should really have been surprised at Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap general election. Political history teaches us that if nothing else, politicians tend to be opportunists. She seized this opportunity to strengthen her majority on the... View Article

New date for IDHEE ‘Smart Future’ conference

Following the Prime Minister’s call for a general election on Thursday 8th June, the IDHEE has moved its annual conference to Tuesday 20th June. David Matthews, CEO of the Institute of Domestic Heating and Environmental Engineers (IDHEE), said: “Moving the... View Article

Network VEKA supports revamped Rugby Double Glazing launch

Rugby Double Glazing recently marked the opening of its revamped showroom with an invite-only open day for friends and customers, and a notable star guest… The Midlands-based company is a member of pioneering installer support organisation, Network VEKA; members of... View Article
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