BBA launches competent person scheme for solid wall installers

The BBA has launched a competent person self-certification scheme for the installation of solid wall insulation. Recognised by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the scheme covers the installation of internal, external and hybrid insulation systems and is... View Article

House building continues to fuel construction growth

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show steady growth for the construction industry with output rising 4.1 per cent over the year to Q3 2013. Much of the growth continues to be fuelled by house building – private house... View Article

Construction survey indicates broader growth ahead

The latest Construction Trade Survey, published today, shows that activity in construction rose for the second consecutive quarter in Q3. Furthermore, this growth was reported by firms across all areas of the industry; building contractors, SMEs, specialist contractors, civil engineers... View Article

3d Architects design award success

3d Architects’ Pottergate apartments project has won a Commendation for Good Design in the Norwich Society’s 2013 Design Awards. David Audus, Managing Director of 3d Architects: “We are delighted to have received this Commendation. This was a very constricted and... View Article

MAB comments on the latest Nationwide House Price Index

Brian Murphy, head of lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB), comments: “UK house prices have continued to march steadily upwards in the second half of 2013. Nationwide figures demonstrate an increase of 1% in October, leaving prices 5.8% higher than... View Article

New guide to social media for housing associations

A new “white paper” on social media for housing associations sets out how managers can harness the power of Twitter, Facebook and other platforms. Written by property comms specialist Hopwood PR, the publication outlines ways to use social media to... View Article

Surge in builders listening to homeowners’ feedback

Over a quarter of homes completed by British housebuilders now have homeowner’s feedback reviewed by the builder via valuable online reports on customer satisfaction levels, according to new figures released by NHBC. The figures show a surge in builders taking... View Article

Construction adds to UK economic growth

Today’s GDP figures, published by ONS, highlight that the UK economy grew by 0.8% in the third quarter of 2013 and construction grew 2.5% over the same period. Commenting on these figures, Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products... View Article