Homes & Housing

20,000 refugee homes in Kenya – Japanese architect design
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Tokyo architect Best known for his work with low-cost materials like cardboard and shelters for disaster victims, Shigeru Ban has signed an agreement to design up to 20,000 homes for people in the Kalobeyei Refugee Camp in Kenya. His involvement came after hearing of the immense challenges facing humanitarian agencies in providing shelter to tens […]

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Each Home Counts – Bonfield Report – Review of Home Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
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In December 2016 Dr Peter Bonfield of BRE published his independent review for the Secretaries of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), now part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). It had been jointly commissioned by them to […]

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‘Vertical Village’ for Antwerp – Danish Architect 15,000m2 scheme
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Creating a Social, Elevated Community Aiming to redefine the apartment block as a “social, elevated community”, Danish architect CF Møller’s 15,000 square metre tower breaks with the traditional multi-storey building, which isolate residents. Instead it is designed as a “sustainable, collectively-oriented community in which social encounters are created using a wide range of architectural features”

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ZED Pods for Car Parks – Is this really new?
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ZED Villages According to Shelter, over ¼ million people in England are homeless. 53,480 families in England live in temporary accommodation. Now on display at BRE’s Innovation Park Bill Dunster’s ZED Factory has now spawned ZED Pods Ltd to offer ‘snap together’ houses above car parks. It aims to create ‘pop-up villages’ made from cheap, […]

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House Prices Rise – but transactions fall
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Average Price now £218,255 According to the ONS and Land Registry, in January UK house prices rose 6.2% year-on-year, up from 5.7% recorded in December. • By nation, house prices grew 6.5% in England, 4.2% in Wales, 4.0% in Scotland and 5.7% in Northern Ireland. • According to region, annual house price increases in England […]

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Graven Hill Exemplars – demand from Self-Builders
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Response to Self-Build Demand Graven Hill, near Bicester, is largest self-build development scheme in the UK. With over half of Britons keen on building their own home, Cherwell District Council decided to create a unique ‘village’ concept. With that in mind, the village has been designed to simplify the planning and development process and enable […]

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How to fill the Housing Gap – improve planning & delivery
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Fixing our Broken Housing Market This is the title of the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) White Paper, issued on 7th February 2017. Highlighting a path to improve housing supply, it implicitly criticises the construction industry’s failure to deliver. While recognising some of the industries risks, it fails to show how these may […]

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6 New Chinese  Pre-fab Home Plants for UK
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Chinese to unlock opportunities with 25,000 homes A major Chinese building materials company has become the latest player to tackle the UK housing crisis with an unprecedented plan to build six prefabricated home factories that will pump out 25,000 low-energy dwellings a year by 2022.

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Small Developers £5B Help  Government fund to solve housing crisis
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80% Less SME Builder Developers than 1988 According to the HBF there are 80 per cent fewer small and medium sized enterprises in the industry today than in 1988. Almost worse is that prospective new entrants are confronted by a planning system that discourages entrepreneurialism.

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Build to Rent Blossoming RIBA Products in Practice
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New Private Rented Sector With their focus on innovation, design, sustainability and tenant satisfaction, todays institutional led ‘Build to Rent’ sector is creating a new image as well as

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Willmott Dixon Goes For Timber Frame … and targets 1,000 off-site homes a year
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Off-site” to provide long term protection By strengthening its offsite capabilities to reduce reliance on onsite trades, Willmott Dixon aims to shore up the future of its residential construction business

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