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The Myth: “We don’t build houses like we used to”
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The common lament misses crucial context about the style trends and building materials of the past. “We just don’t build houses like we used to.” Whether we’re criticizing an individual home or a wave of boxy buildings, it’s a common lament. Sometimes it’s a comment on quality—an assertion that houses aren’t as durable today as […]

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IKEA, SCANSKA & BOKLOC – Rationalising MMC
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The joint venture between Ikea and Skanska announced a deal for 200 homes in Bristol in October 2019, and then revealed plans on Housing Today to open a UK factory. So, what do we know about the business, and what can we expect?

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Fighting Climate Change and Building More Homes
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Not long ago, the Home Builders Federation hosted its first ever environment summit. Government officials, housebuilders, housing associations, energy suppliers, material and appliance manufacturers, local authorities, and environmental groups discussed which policies and collaborations will enable us to make progress towards a zero-carbon future.

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Re-Used Materials
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Re-using building materials reduces waste and embodied carbon, but it has been held back by a lack of a stable market. Now, a band of innovators are developing ways to make it easier.

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Social Value Matters
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As the industry heads into the unknowns of working with coronavirus as an ongoing reality, Building and Aecom asked how those employed in the construction industry regard the concept of social value. And the results of our survey seem to confirm that it is now more important than ever. Tom Lowe analysed the responses.

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How the Dutch address Climate Crisis
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On a tour of Park 20|20 – an ultra-sustainable business park on the outskirts of Amsterdam – the JLL director expresses disappointment that the black plastic bags being used in the park’s bins cannot be recycled.

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Green Investment to change global construction
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Kisa Zehra, economist at RICS writes that “A pronounced shift in thinking, investment and production are required to meet net-zero targets”

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Let’s Think Positive – Homes of the Future
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The Home of 2030 competition encourages the design of environmentally friendly homes that support people in leading independent, fulfilling lives as our society ages.

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Energy Efficiency for Covid-19 Recovery
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Investing in energy-efficient homes and tackling climate change is key to the country’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, Together Housing Group has stressed.

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ESG now tops resi investment agenda
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In his annual letter to shareholders in January, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink laid out how the company was pivoting to putting environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles at the core of its investment strategy. Rather than the tokenistic corporate social responsibility initiatives seen in prior years, Fink’s push for sustainability was grounded both in environmental […]

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Why We Need Housing Diversification
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To promote housing diversity and unlock potential for 130,000 new homes, the National Custom and Self Build Association has united with the Federation of Master Builders, UK Cohousing Network and National Community Land Trust Network to create new group, Housing Diversification. RIBAJ ask group spokesman and NaCSBA CEO Andrew Baddeley Chappell why it’s needed.

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