Bringing our readers unique, high-value content is something which netMAGmedia is always investing in. As such, we have partnered with audience research firm Edge Insight to survey our readerships on key topics which matter to them. From offsite construction, to Passivhaus, to remote monitoring of social housing, our survey findings are captured in sponsored White Papers and circulated among our audiences to develop specific market knowledge.
Below are some of our recent White Papers. Please fill out the form below to sign up to our mailing list and download the full reports.
Building Safety into Law - June 2022
Five years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Government introduced the Building Safety Bill, to attempt to address many of the construction industry issues which have been blamed for the devastating fire. Coming in the wake of the Hackitt review, and receiving Royal Assent in April 2022, the Building Safety Act covers a raft of changes for housebuilders and developers. These include a new system of accountability for safety in projects, a construction products regulator, and a refreshed regulatory framework. It is claimed to be the biggest change in building safety for over 40 years.
While the Bill was progressing through Parliament, Housebuilder & Developer conducted a survey of its audience on their knowledge of, and opinions of, the changes it brings. The results contain a variety of sometimes concerning findings, such as on the lack of information currently received from the Government on the Bill/Act. The Industry Viewfinder white paper report is a unique insight into housebuilders’ readiness to tackle the new safety regime, and safeguard future developments.
Future-Proofing Against Floods - May 2022
Flooding is on the rise in the UK, and the situation is only set to worsen as our climate changes.
Fortunately, there are many products and methods available today to attenuate flood risk, with Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) often argued to be the best route forward.
This white paper reveals how housebuilders and developers are using SuDS techniques, how often they are doing so, and what the barriers are for their adoption.
Delivering the Future Homes Standard - October 2021
It is estimated that our built environment is responsible for 40% of the UK’s carbon emissions, with housing accounting for around 15% – with a general understanding that natural gas burned for heating and cooking is the main contributor to this.
Multiple governments have introduced and scrapped initiatives to try and address the issue – but it is only in recent years that a new mandatory standard has been developed to directly tackle emissions from UK housing, through the Building Regulations.
The Future Homes Standard (FHS) 2025 – a series of measures written into legislation that within four years – will see new housing producing 75-80% less carbon emissions than 1990 levels.
The Government has confirmed that, from 2025, no new homes will be allowed to be heated using fossil fuels, such as using the typical gas boilers. Homes will also be required to be ‘future-proofed’ to utilise the electricity grid as it continues to decarbonise – meaning a push for housebuilders to install heat pumps, which only require electricity.
Despite the laudable ambitions, the FHS is not without its opponents, and it will prove challenging to achieve for many construction firms in the UK. In order to ascertain housebuilders’ views and understanding of the FHS, Housebuilder & Developer has conducted a survey of over 100 UK building professionals (over 80% of whom are in managerial roles).
Exploring Current Thinking on Modern Methods of Construction - May 2021
Housebuilding in the UK is suffering multiple crises at present, from rising costs, to low supply and a lack of skilled tradesmen.
While not a new technology, modular housing is seeing a resurgence in this country, and many argue that it has the potential to address all these issues. With 40 per cent of housebuilders still having never used offsite methods, however, it appears the technology is not being utilised to its full potential.
This research aims to find out why this is, what housebuilders and developers currently think of the differing forms of offsite building, and what are its main benefits and barriers.