The Climate Challenge: Taking cement ‘2 Zero’

LISTEN HERE Will Lavelle of Atkins and Dr Philippa Horton from University of Cambridge discuss the world’s first zero emissions cement trial and the aim of developing net-zero cement for the construction industry. The decarbonisation of the built environment presents... View Article

Comment: Budget concerns

LISTEN HERE Brian Berry, CEO of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), gives his review of a disappointing spring Budget The first few months of 2023 have been a relatively quiet period politically, far from the ups and downs of... View Article

Going the extra mile for retirement living

LISTEN HERE Creating suitable new retirement homes offering the ‘extras’ has never been more essential, says McCarthy Stone, who spoke to Housebuilder & Developer’s Roseanne Field about a high-profile recent example in the West Midlands. There’s little need to reiterate... View Article

The need for new support in 2023

LISTEN HERE Brian Berry, CEO of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), discusses what the Government needs to do to deliver new homes plus extra support for SMEs this year. We closed out 2022 with a very shaky end to... View Article

Ask the Manufacturer: The future of heating

LISTEN HERE Russell Dean, residential product group director at Mitsubishi Electric, speaks to Housebuilder & Developer’s Jack Wooler on the Government’s net zero target – exploring the challenges in reaching it, and arguing why heat pumps are the future. Most... View Article

Slip into 2023 in style

LISTEN HERE Jemma Ison of Keystone Group (who also supports technical specification for IG Masonry Support) explains how brick slip products can bring sustainability and style to building projects both large and small Innovative construction techniques are an enabler to... View Article

Back to the 
Futurebuild for net zero

LISTEN HERE Futurebuild (ExCel London March 7 – 9) is doubling down on its sustainability goals with a promise to bring inspiring ideas on how the industry can reach net zero, with “innovative solutions and knowledge sharing” Now in its... View Article

Pump down the volume

LISTEN HERE With heat pumps becoming adopted as the realistic low carbon solution by more housebuilders as the Future Homes Standard looms, lower noise and sleeker aesthetics are coming to the fore as the goals to aim for. James Parker... View Article

Wichelstowe fields forever

LISTEN HERE Labelled “South West England’s boldest new housing development,” Wichelstowe has recently grown to more than 4,000 homes. The council developer and Barratt tell Jack Wooler about this latest modular expansion to what is already a mammoth scheme A new... View Article

A viable sustainable alternative

LISTEN HERE 🔊 There are multiple considerations when comparing polymer and aluminium windows, especially when it comes to sustainability, performance, and design flexibility. Here, Steve Tonkiss of REHAU addresses the debate head-on. As we approach government decarbonisation targets for 2030... View Article

A panel discussion

LISTEN HERE 🔊 With the market for wall panels growing, Lidia Cetrangolo of Multipanel explains why wall panels can be the sustainable option for bathrooms. Wall panels have been around for decades, traditionally used as an alternative to tiles in... View Article

Radiating ‘carbon intensity’ benefits

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Joanna Crown of WMS Underfloor Heating assesses the ‘carbon intensity’ of underfloor heating versus traditional radiator systems and explains why radiant technology ticks the boxes when it comes to embodied carbon reduction. There are many factors to... View Article

Homes UK 2022 is better than ever

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Hailed by organisers as an “unmissable event for developers and sustainability professionals,” Homes UK returns on the 23-24 November 2022 to the ExCel in London Now in its eleventh year, Homes UK is claimed to be the... View Article

Change to the decentralised line

LISTEN HERE 🔊 With design and installation of ventilation systems increasingly essential for both new builds and renovations, Richard Poole of Siegenia looks at how decentralised systems can offer an important way around trickle vents. As we produce more tightly... View Article

Political aims hit turbulence

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) wonders whether the UK’s current political turmoil will halt the ‘levelling up’ ambitions. The constant political turbulence over the last few years continues in earnest with... View Article

Rising to the challenge of future floods

LISTEN HERE 🔊 As building on flood plains continues to be an uncomfortable necessity, James Parker reports on a project to develop a house prototype that rises and falls as and when a flood occurs, thereby unlocking previously unviable sites... View Article

Hastings rocks

LISTEN HERE 🔊 A mixed-use development is bringing new homes and commercial space to a brownfield site on Hastings’ revitalised seafront. Patrick Hanlon, founder and CEO of Roost People, explores how the developer retained the building’s historic facade while replacing... View Article

Bringing a sense of community

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Plaza Collection is a ‘community’ of over 700 units being created in Mill Hill, London, with its focal point a new landscaped plaza alongside extensive commercial space. Terence Luo, director at developer Poly UK, talks to Jack... View Article

Bringing glass back 
into balconies

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Andy Lake of Pyroguard explores how glass can be used safely in balcony applications, as well as the various factors for housebuilders and developers to consider to ensure the right solution is specified. It’s no secret that... View Article