Event Preview – The best of brick

8 NOVEMBER ROYAL LANCASTER HOTEL, LONDON This Brick Awards 2023 is placing a major focus on sustainability. The awards, which are organised by the Brick Development Association (BDA) and will be held in London’s West End on 8 November, celebrate... View Article

To the new Part L – and beyond!

LISTEN HERE New updates to the Building Regulations go some way to cutting emissions – but construction firms have the chance to go further, argues Nicola Harrison of Bereco July 2023 was recently confirmed as the hottest month on record... View Article

Triple vs vacuum glazing

The Future Buildings Standard means vacuum glass is being considered as an alternative to triple glazing – George Barnsdale’s Tom Wright looks at the options. The Future Buildings Standard is looming over the horizon in 2025 and is likely to... View Article

Quintain’s Wembley hat trick

Repton Gardens, the latest residential phase of Wembley Park, the expansive Build to Rent-led project developed by Quintain and operated by Quintain Living, offers three contemporary apartment blocks linked by landscape to satisfy a range of customer needs. James Parker... View Article

Supporting role

Masonry is an increasingly popular cladding choice for high rise buildings. However, the selection and co-ordination of the masonry support system and cavity fire barriers is critical for the facade to perform effectively in a fire, as Ben Williams of... View Article

A question for the minister…

Patrick Mooney, housing consultant and news editor of Housing, Management & Maintenance magazine asks the ‘64 thousand dollar question,’ after hearing the Housing Minister’s conference speech, namely where will the  UK’s much needed new housing come from? During the recent... View Article

Construction’s call to action in Birmingham

Innovative, inspirational and progressive, UK Construction Week (UKCW) Birmingham returns for its ninth year this autumn, with a ‘call to action’ for the sector to set its own agenda rather than wait for the Government to respond.  The UK’s largest... View Article

Second staircase; second chance

Stuart Bosley of Quantum and DeSimone Consulting Engineering looks at navigating the challenges of the new ‘second staircase’ regulations The Government’s recent ruling on second staircases has caused significant disruption for both developers and the housebuilding industry. Despite the resulting... View Article

How to futureproof homes’ heating

LISTEN HERE Darren Trivett of OMNIE and the Ridgspear Group counters the tabloid headlines and considers the key factors developers should address when specifying underfloor heating systems for energy efficiency on their projects.  It is unlikely you will get through... View Article

Is housing going downhill fast?

LISTEN HERE Brian Berry, CEO of the FMB looks at the prognosis for SMEs in a sector in crisis, and how its new guide could help All the data, including our own at the FMB, seems to be suggesting the... View Article

Grab the productivity benefits of lightweight timber systems

Andrew Orriss of the Structural Timber Association (STA) urges housebuilders to continue to invest in timber frames, exploring how the method can meet sustainability demands as well as those of efficiency and productivity. The UK housebuilding industry has faced numerous challenges in recent... View Article

Bathroom technology: A smart choice

Today’s consumers have lived through some of the biggest technological changes in the home since the industrial revolution. Sophie Weston of Geberit looks at the untapped potential in bathroom spaces that housebuilders can offer.  The ‘hotelisation’ of the home has... View Article

Use the right channels to lighten the load

When it comes to specifying drainage channels, there are vital factors that enable a system to meet requirements of a housing development project. Rob Butcher of ACO Water Management looks at the standards that must be upheld from the earliest... View Article

Growth under threat from demolition

Patrick Mooney, housing consultant and news editor of Housing, Management & Maintenance magazine discusses how the push to demolish ageing buildings could seriously undermine social housing’s growth agenda. Efforts to increase the stock of council housing to meet the growing... View Article

eHome2: to 2025 and beyond

Oliver Novakovic of Barratt Developments takes us inside the Energy House 2.0 test project in Salford, focusing on eHome2 – the three-bedroom family home built by Barratt & Saint-Gobain with a host of product innovations to take it past the... View Article