British Safety Council welcomes new safety fines guidelines

Courts in England and Wales will be required to follow comprehensive sentencing guidelines when prosecuting companies and public bodies in breach of health and safety legislation from 1st February 2016. Neal Stone, Policy and Standards Director at the British Safety... View Article

Home appeal on tap

Boiling water taps are fast becoming ‘must have’ items which help to complete a home.  Stephen Johnson, managing director of Quooker UK, believes that choosing the right boiling tap has real advantages for the house developer In any kitchen, home... View Article

Indoor air quality – the next big issue in housing

Andy Mudie, marketing director at Nuaire, one of the leaders in the ventilation sector addresses ventilation for new build and new social housing along with repairs and maintenance After years of improvements in social housing driven by ‘affordable warmth’ and... View Article

Bespoke fireplace designs: What’s next?

Andrew Munro, MD of CVO Fire, offers his predictions and advice for 2016 fires and fireplace trends Trends The two main predicted trends in interior design for 2016 are high efficiency and bespoke fireplace designs for special developments, where a... View Article

Hand housing back to communities to solve building crisis

A new report from cross-party think tank Demos calls on the government to support local authorities and help them do more to tackle the UK’s housing crisis, by encouraging community-led developments and pushing for greater transparency in decision-making. The report,... View Article

HBF and CITB launch non-construction training fund

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have joined forces to launch a £1 million fund to train non-construction employees. The fund, which will run throughout 2016, is aimed at ensuring the thousands of non-construction related... View Article

Self-build development for South London

RUSS, a community self-build group that aims to provide homes for those priced out of the housing market, has been named preferred bidder by Lewisham Council to deliver homes in Lewisham, South London. RUSS will develop a scheme of 30... View Article

Unoccupied property rates relief altered in Scotland

As part of the 2016/2017 draft Budget, Finance Secretary John Swinney has announced a number of significant changes to the business rates regime in Scotland. The changes include the removal of the existing 100 per cent rates relief for owners... View Article