Delivering social housing that makes a difference

Stephen Wasserman of National Housing Group discusses the keys to delivering good quality ‘eco’ social housing From ITV’s ongoing investigation to young influencer Kwajo Tweneboa’s tireless social media campaigning, social housing is becoming an inescapable subject, and rightly so. Plainly... View Article

A thermal bridge too far?

Following changes to Part L in 2021, carbon emissions in new builds have to be significantly lowered. Simon Hill of Schöck says specifiers need to be aware how greatly thermal bridges can affect insulation values A localised area of the building envelope with... View Article

Housebuilding is still a struggle

LISTEN HERE Brian Berry, CEO of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), discusses the latest data from the FMB’s State of Trade Survey and finds few reasons to cheer As you will be aware, for too long we have not... View Article

The brave new world of low carbon retrofit

LISTEN HERE A large-scale retrofit project to bring energy efficiency of social housing across Northumberland and County Durham up to a C rating saw a housing association deploying robots to upgrade homes with minimal disruption. James Parker reports. The Socal... View Article

Shaping the future of buildings & decarbonisation

LISTEN HERE Installer SHOW – the UK’s largest event for influential installers and specifiers of heat, water, air and energy technology – will discover one of the biggest challenges on the road to net zero, the tools and solutions for... View Article

Opening up the black box on Part F and ventilation

LISTEN HERE Following the changes to Part F and Part L of the Building Regulations, housebuilders have been set the challenge of balancing carbon emissions with sufficient airflow to keep homes healthy. The importance of ventilation to health and wellbeing... View Article

Show Preview: The home front

27 – 29 JUNE MANCHESTER CENTRAL Throughout the UK, the housing sector is facing unprecedented challenges. From uncertainty in government funding, incoming new regulations, and the pressing need for more homes, to the equally pressing need to maintain and improve... View Article

Fencing solutions that will stand the test of time

All property developments require a fencing solution that is attractive, durable and low maintenance. Here, John Abernethie of Birkdale looks at why it’s time to switch from traditional to more modern options. When specifying a fencing system, certain characteristics should... View Article

Manage moisture & avoid floor failure

Excess subfloor moisture causes floor failure and costly delays to projects. Stephen Boulton of F Ball & Co provides some crucial advice for developers to help them guard against the problem when installing floorcoverings. Unchecked subfloor moisture, whether residual construction... View Article

Futureproof your foundations

The NHBC’s Richard Smith shares some of the key learnings from its latest report, which looks at how to futureproof foundations against climate change. The NHBC Foundation is committed to providing high quality research and practical guidance to support the... View Article

Social rent: In terminal decline

Patrick Mooney, housing consultant and news editor of Housing, Management & Maintenance magazine says supply of homes for social rent appears to be in terminal decline – at a time when they are needed the most By some strange irony, at... View Article

Show Preview: Showing how to build with stone

6 – 8 June ExCeL, London Many homeowners dream of including natural stone somewhere in the home. Whether it is limestone floors, granite worktops, marble in the bathroom, a sandstone patio or a slate roof, the chances are there will... View Article

Show Preview: UK Construction Week comes back to london

2 – 4 May ExCeL, London A host of famous faces, interactive demos, new features and ground-breaking products await visitors to the UK’s largest event for the built environment, UK Construction Week (UKCW), which makes a welcome return to London’s ExCeL... View Article

Make a sharp exit

LISTEN HERE If a particular development isn’t proceeding as planned, a developer exit loan could get you back on track. Roma Finance’s Steve Smith explains what the loans entail and how they could help you. Whether you’re a first-time developer... View Article

The changing face of roofing

LISTEN HERE Stephen Makin of Mayan Roofing Systems discusses the changes at the forefront of roofing development which are helping specifiers drive building performance Despite advancements in technology and construction materials, the methods and practices of pitched roofing have remained... View Article

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

Keeping up with ventilation requirements

Ruth MacEachern of EnviroVent looks at what the ventilation requirement changes for new homes mean for housebuilders in England and Wales, and how they can meet the challenge. 2022 was a year of significant change in the ventilation industry. Major... View Article

Heat pumps: Our low carbon future

Now is the time to act and start changing the way we heat and cool our homes. Paul Taylor of Panasonic discusses the significant role that heat pumps can play in helping to reduce emissions, energy consumption and costs. Decarbonisation... View Article