Building Design

Modular housing hits fast forward
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It is no secret that Britain has a housing supply crisis. Yet for a long time, the way we delivered homes showed no sign of changing. Recently, however, the industry has started to embrace innovation in the supply chain. Modular, where houses are built in a factory, has the potential to play a key role […]

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Why 2020 is Year of Modular
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For years now, MMC – modern methods of construction – has been much talked about as a forward-looking solution to many of the building sector’s problems. But so far, it has been mostly just that – talk. Now, though it seems MMC’s time might have finally come.

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Architects turn positive
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The latest RIBA survey says one third of firms expect workloads to increase. There are now more architects feeling optimistic about future workloads for the first time in four months, according to the latest RIBA Future Trends survey.

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Construction worker Confidence Ebbs
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With IT and finance the most optimistic professions, confidence among construction workers about their job prospects has fallen compared to those working in other sectors, research from LinkedIn says.

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Will Affordable Homes Get Built?
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While the new £12bn Affordable Homes Programme is welcome news, housing providers could miss out on vital opportunities if they don’t get clarity soon, writes Jonathan Jarvis

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Reducing Rising Costs
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The rising cost of running a home set against a backdrop of economic uncertainty is a growing issue, now more so than ever before, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that approximately 3.5million households in the UK are classed as being in fuel poverty. While these figures from 2017 are […]

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Higher Planning Cost for House Builders
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Housebuilders will pay higher planning contributions under new system, housing secretary says in defence of government proposals for a radical overhaul of the planning system. These have been warmly welcomed by small housebuilders but derided as shameful by critics.

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Plastic Disposal will Hike Build Costs
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Rahni Sadler and Michael Slezak of ABC’s specialist Reporting Team on national science, technology and environment highlights the case of a 23-year-old Melbourne law student who is suing the Australian Government for failing to disclose the risk climate change poses to Australians’ super and other safe investments.

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Plastic Disposal will Hike Build Costs
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Changes to the regulations governing the disposal of plastic packaging could spark a massive hike in the cost of some building materials. David Taylor reports

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Retire the Retirement Village
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Kennedy & Buys, professors at Queensland University, reckon that retirement villages – walled, gated and separate seniors’ enclaves – have had their day. The word “retirement” is redundant and engagement between people of all ages is high. That’s how participants in the Longevity By Design Challenge envisage life in Australia in 2050.

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Intergenerational living?
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There are times when the conventional publishing process struggles to keep pace with real life events. This is one such time. When I began researching this article at the beginning of March there had been no coronavirus deaths and the question of providing housing for the elderly that was designed to enable people to lead […]

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