All human life is here

Buyers are looking at properties differently nowadays, says Tim Spann of Keller Kitchens – desiring multi-functional kitchen spaces that work for the whole family. Bearing this in mind, he discusses trends and functionalities to consider. Every year brings a new... View Article

Safe in the knowledge

Regulations for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are set to change to ensure greater protection for homes in England. in this article, Aico’s Andy Speake explains what the legislation means for specifiers – and how to comply. In November 2021,... View Article

The ins and outs of air pollution

Paul Williams from Domus Ventilation says that indoor air pollution needs to be taken more seriously, and proposes measures for addressing it. In 2021, the UK was found guilty by the European Court of Justice of “systematically and persistently” breaching... View Article

Building genuinely affordable homes

Patrick Mooney, housing consultant and news editor of Housing, Management and Maintenance magazine discusses why levelling up requires more genuinely affordable homes, including homes for social rent. There are approximately 24 million households in England, and a surprisingly high number... View Article

Playing our part in levelling up

Brian Berry of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) discusses why the government should be harnessing the power of SME housebuilders to achieve ‘levelling up.’ The industry closed out last year on a relative high with workloads doing well, despite... View Article

Historic achievement

Excavations prior to a much anticipated development in Cambridgeshire have unearthed a rich history, including Bronze Age skeletons and pottery. Council partnered developer This Land explains the benefits of this major scheme to Jack Wooler. A large-scale new development is... View Article

A heart of oak

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Already in receipt of several awards, Hornsey Rise in Leicestershire was developed to meet strong demand for luxury detached homes with a more ‘intimate’ community feel. Lee Harris of developer Springbourne Homes explains to Jack Wooler how... View Article

Back to the Futurebuild

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Futurebuild, the event that’s championed a sustainable built environment for the past 16 years, is back. Taking place from 1-3 March at excel, the event will connect specifiers, decision makers and ‘disruptors’ with major brands and start-ups... View Article

Frugal fires

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Not only do fires and stoves provide a luxurious traditional aesthetic, but they can now also achieve high levels of energy efficiency. Annabelle Carvell of Stovax gives the argument for why they should be high on developers’... View Article

The outlook for glazing trends in 2022

LISTEN HERE 🔊 After some significant recent industry impacts including Covid and net zero targets, John McComb from Reynaers Aluminium uk looks at five key glazing specification trends and how it’s responding to them. During these undoubtedly uncertain times, it... View Article

Achieving soundproofing standards we can proud of

By Ben Hancock, Managing Director at Oscar Acoustics It’s an all too familiar scene – the thumping of footsteps from noisy neighbours above or loud music being heard through adjacent walls, disturbing the tranquillity in our homes. For many people,... View Article

Stoves and chimneys working as one

Dennis Milligan of The British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers Association (BFCMA) explores the upcoming requirements for stoves, and the best design, installation and maintenance techniques to ensure their best performance. Next year will see Defra introduce the requirement for Ecodesign... View Article

The road to ‘levelling up’

Patrick Mooney says that the number of new homes needed across the North and Midlands to deliver the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda runs to hundreds of thousands, every year. The Government’s housebuilding policies have been ‘on hold’ ever since the... View Article

A heated debate

The department for business, energy and Industrial Strategy has released a paper outlining how Britain can cost-effectively electrify its heating system. Nick Gander and Rod Davies of Energy Carbon argue that Ministers are missing a trick. At the time of... View Article

The case for SIPs

Jim Nolan at hemsec Manufacturing discusses the case for adopting structural insulated panels (SIPs) to create more thermally-efficient superstructures in the housebuilding sector. The superstructure of a building – the frame, or its load-bearing framework including walls, main floor and... View Article

A tough year for SME builders

Brian Berry of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), takes a look at the barriers SME housebuilders have overcome in 2021, and the challenges that face them moving forwards. The industry closes out another year with enquiries still high and... View Article