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George Clarke calls for an end to ‘Wet’ Build
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With almost 200 people crowding into an event to hear the forthright views of TV presenter, George Clarke on housebuilding, In these extracts from his article, Max Halliwell looks at why questioning the mindset of the construction industry has attracted such interest.

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The improved Costs of Modular Construction
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Writing in ‘Building’, Rob Mills of Aecom refers to the on-going debates around Modular construction. Recognising its scaled-up costs, more suppliers, better quality and greater industry awareness he wonders if it could finally achieve critical mass. This summary links to his detailed proposition with cost tables.

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House Prices After Lockdown
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Coronavirus could fast forward structural changes to house prices by 10 years. Housebuilders need to react fast. It is now plainly evident that the housing market cannot function at all during the coronavirus lockdown.

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French Buildings MUST be 50% wood
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The government of France is set to require that all new public buildings must be made at least 50% from wood or other sustainable materials from 2022 as it pushes for sustainable urban development.

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Building Regs during COVID-19
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On 21st April Central Government issued guidance to LABC for all building work being carried out during the COVID-19 outbreak. Building Control Bodies should, where possible, check regularly with those carrying out work including its current status and any plans to continue work.

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Housing Sprint becomes a Marathon
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The housing crisis has been growing for at least 20 years. It has created new memes like Generation Rent and Priced Out. More recently, it has even created a new acronym: ‘Yimby’ – yes in my back yard.

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PDR Extended to Boost SME Resi
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Writing in Property Week, Adam Branson reports that housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced a raft of planning reforms to speed up the development of new homes, including new permitted development rights (PDRs), a register of brownfield land and a focus on “beautiful” building.

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The Bright Side of Covid-19
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Writing in the 23 March issue of Forbes, Professor Jeroen Kraaijenbrink reminds us that the coronavirus pandemic has a lot of dark sides. Around the world, people get ill and die, schools close, the healthcare system is overloaded, employees lose their jobs, companies face bankruptcy, stock markets collapse and countries have to spend billions on […]

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Avoiding Planning Gridlock
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Officials may use executive powers to take decisions if committees are cancelled. Councils are considering taking up rarely-used executive powers to keep the planning and development system moving during the coronavirus pandemic, Housing Today understands.

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Are YOU Connected?
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As many UK workers currently sit at home and try to virtually recreate their work environment, politicians and businesses need to ask how we remain a world-leading country and economy after Brexit and the impact of Covid-19.

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Dutch Courage over Climate Crisis
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Property Week took a look at some of the groundbreaking schemes in and around Amsterdam and talked to the people behind them to find out why the country has embraced circularity with such zeal.

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