The whole package

LISTEN HERE As sustainability becomes a key priority in anticipation of 2025’s Future Homes Standard, product specification becomes more challenging, not least for roofs. Stuart Nicholson of Marley explains how providing a single point of contact can help housebuilders produce... 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

Comment – Housing benefits politicians

LISTEN HERE Brian Berry of FMB looks at the political manoeuvrings on housing as we approach the General Election buildup Looking back at my article from this time last year, it’s astonishing how far we’ve come, and what has changed.... 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

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

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

Going the extra mile for retirement living

LISTEN HERE Creating suitable new retirement homes offering the ‘extras’ has never been more essential, says McCarthy Stone, who spoke to Housebuilder & Developer’s Roseanne Field about a high-profile recent example in the West Midlands. There’s little need to reiterate... View Article