Industry welcomes decision on energy efficiency in buildings

Industry welcomed the Government’s confirmation yesterday that it will not commence powers in the Deregulation Bill which restrict the ability of local authorities to impose their own requirements for energy efficiency until the Zero Carbon Homes (ZCH) standard is in... View Article

Top marks for Wulvern’s Supported Living Service

Local affordable housing provider Wulvern is celebrating after its Supported Living Service was awarded five A’s during a recent assessment. The assessment was carried out by Supporting People, a team within Cheshire East Council who commission and monitor the quality... View Article

Focus on efficiency and quality

The innovative power of glass machinery and equipment builders is a crucial factor for the performance of glass manufacturers and processors. These days their development efforts focus on maximum production efficiency, high product quality and, increasingly, on energy efficiency. The... View Article

Chancellor confirms housing economic pillars of wisdom

In his annual Mansion House speech the Chancellor confirmed two key economic pillars that would control house price inflation and create the thousands of homes the country needs. He confirmed that the housing market does not pose an immediate threat to the... View Article

HBF continues to explain housing realities

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) has been busy providing common sense responses to counter ‘expert’ comments that have not been helpful to the housing sector and economy’s continued recovery. Following Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg saying Help to Buy should... View Article

Government heralds Help to Buy success

According to government figures, almost 20,000 households have purchased a home under the Help to Buy equity loan scheme in its first 12 months. The statistics show that 19,394 sales were made under the initiative since it was launched in... View Article

Redrow supports WW1 Centenary Poppy Campaign

Pupils from Knockhall Community Primary School, Greenhithe, and Redrow Homes teamed up recently with the Royal British Legion to sow poppy seeds at the entrance to the new Ebbsfleet Green development, formerly the National Grid Northfleet West Substation. Redrow is supporting... View Article

Housebuilding growth encourages NHBC expansion

The NHBC has reported the growth of new home registrations by just over three per cent to 34,239 in the three months from February to April 2014. Private registrations in the UK lifted two per cent to 25,046 compared to February... View Article

Garden City principles explained

The recent launch of the government’s prospectus Locally-Led Garden Cities has focused attention on the importance of the Town and Country Planning Authority’s garden city principles and the role that the principles play in creating high quality new places to... View Article

Minister pledges to help industry reputation

Having recognised the need to build thousands of homes around the country Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has also realised that the housing industry must now help existing communities appreciate the need to create new and quite large neighbourhoods – possibly... View Article

Hundreds of homes fitted with energy saving systems

A University of Brighton-led scheme to help tackle climate change has resulted in hundreds of homes being fitted with energy-saving systems here and in France. The 4.5-year, €6.3m, scheme which is just concluding could pioneer in both countries major retrofit... View Article

Gross mortgage lending stable in May

Gross mortgage lending held steady in May and was an estimated £16.5 billion, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. This is identical to April’s gross lending total and is 12% higher than May last year (£14.8 billion). Commenting on... View Article