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BRE Centre for “Smart Homes”
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Collaborative Central Hub The world’s leading building science centre, BRE, has launched a Centre for Smart Homes and Buildings (CSHB) to exist as a collaborative central hub for industry, academia and the government. It will work to facilitate and improve the use of smart products and services within the built environment. Working with a range […]

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Homebuyers want “Performance”
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Great Expectations? Despite our media-saturated world of Grand Designs, people still aspire to a modest house. People want to live in a robust, quiet home that’s cheap to run, provides sanctuary and is a place to raise their family. Expectations may not be high, but are they even achievable?

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23 Modular ZEDPod Quality Starter Homes Chosen for First Project
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Central Bedfordshire College and a private developer have chosen ZEDPods, ready-made, quality starter-homes for a new development of 23 homes on college land. The one and two-bedroom houses, a break-through development in low cost, low carbon and high-quality homes, are fabricated off site. Their modular construction allows them to be rapidly erected on pieces of […]

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ZEDPod prefabs to make Dunstable debut
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Central Bedfordshire College is putting up 23 prefabricated starter-homes in its grounds in Dunstable.

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UK’s 1st “Smart Housing” Development – Showhouse
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Sommar Place, Milton Keynes Here the latest smart home technology comes fitted as standard, but looks remarkably normal. That’s the point. These are not fantasy homes for millionaires or homes of the future. These are affordable homes for growing families, and the interconnected technology will soon be expected as standard. (Showhouse) CLICK TO READ MORE

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Solar panels required on all new homes in California
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New Regulations The California Energy Commission, a State Agency, has voted unanimously to require all homes built from 2020 be fitted with photovoltaic panels as part of its Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The decision followed more than two years’ work with stakeholders to develop the technical requirements – CLICK TO READ FULL ARTICLE

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Pre-commencement conditions rules from October
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New Regulations New regulations for local authorities asking for pre-commencement conditions ahead of the granting of planning permission will come into force on 1 October. Regulations were signed off by former housing minister Dominic Raab earlier this month with the key change being the need to obtain the applicant’s written consent to the terms of […]

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May’s Pledge to half energy use in new Buildings
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Science & Industrial Strategy Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged that the energy usage of new buildings will be halved by 2030. The pledge was outlined in an extensive speech on science and the industrial strategy, delivered by May on 21 May at the Jodrell Bank radio telescope observatory in Cheshire.

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Timber Frame Saves Time & Money – OFFICIAL!
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TF Cheaper & Quicker According to a study by cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall UK, timber frame construction is marginally cheaper than masonry but substantially quicker for affordable housing. They claim it as the industry’s first such construction cost comparison report.

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English Permissions in Principle now live – Neal Morris RIBA Practice Team
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PIP Applications From Friday 1 June applications for permission in principle (PIP) for small housing developments can be made to local authorities in England. Detailed guidance is available here.

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Green Light for Energy Efficient Mortgages – RICS
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Pilot Scheme Launched June 14th marked an important milestone for the Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative – it’s Pilot Scheme was officially launched in Windsor.

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