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.
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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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.
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.
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 […]
Self-Generating net-zero Solar Farmhouse Writing in InHabitat, Laura Mordas-schenkein asserts that net-zero energy (or NZE) is quickly becoming the gold standard in green building. “If you can generate all of your own energy on site,” she writes. “you never need to rely on the grid or worry about energy bills.”
‘Noddy Box’ alternative Conceived as an alternative to the “Noddy boxes” offered by many volume housebuilders, developers Urban Splash teamed up with architects ShedKM in an effort to combine the cost benefits of modular construction with the flexibility offered by architect-designed properties.
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Kasita – a Start Up In January 2015, Brent Wistrom, wrote in AustnInno about a new start-up that had raised over $1m for micro homes, as referred to in last week’s Weekly Insight. At that time, ‘Professor Dumpster’, the founder and CEO, was in a’ helluva good mood’. He’d got his shoes kicked off, and […]
Potential Planning Changes February’s ‘leak’ that Government is considering amending Planning Law to permit presumed consent for householders to add another 2 floors on top of their houses, puts ‘micro’ homes firmly in the picture. Although an article in UK Construction Week’s ‘Construction Buzz’ wonders who would buy them, as reported several times in these […]