Building Design

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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Overheating reduces new homes user comfort
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Architects & Housebuilders Failing By not sufficiently considering overheating problems, architects and house builders are letting down the environmental performance of otherwise energy efficient new homes and reducing occupier wellbeing.

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Off-Site to the Fore – Off-Site Hub
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Centre-stage at Housing 2018 Apart from two live builds in the off-site demonstration village there were sessions galore on building better faster. Speakers included Nick Walkley, chief executive, Homes England, Mark Farmer, author, ‘Modernise or Die’ and David Cowans, chief executive, Places for People. Plus a keynote address from The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, […]

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Cheap Skips to Hire Near You! – Skip Hire Price Comparison.
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Cheap Skips to Hire Near You! – Skip Hire Price Comparison. Are you unsure what size skip you might need? You can read our online price and size guides to help you to determine what size skip you might need to hire and how much it should cost you.

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More Bungalows Needed
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400,000 Shortfall There will be an estimated shortfall of 400,000 ‘specialist’ homes for older people by 2035, despite strong demand for bungalows. A housing inquiry has called for change.

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Time is Right for Timber – UKConstructionWeek
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Innovative Offsite Needed to Meet Targets Writing in UK Construction Week, Andrew Carpenter, CEO of the Structural Timber Association, explained why innovative timber construction is the only way to meet government housing targets, and why offsite’s key players are lining up to take centre stage.

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The WELL Standard – International Well Building Institute
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Recap Last week’s Weekly Insight, which illustrated how and why wood buildings are healthier, cited a relatively new international organisation, the WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE. Having received numerous queries about who and what this is, this week’s edition looks more deeply into this and what it is doing. Although currently primarily applied to commercial and public […]

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