Homes & Housing

PassivHaus Makes Ground
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Council seeks Partners for £300m Drive. Norwich City Council is seeking partners for a £300m framework to build hundreds of super-energy efficient homes. Its’ tender notice launched in May heralds what could become one of the largest drives to build Passivhaus homes seen across the UK.

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“Right to Buy” is wrong target
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Industry and professional bodies including the CIOB, RIBA and ICE have responded to the Conservatives Manifesto pledge to extend ‘Right to Buy’ and other housing and infrastructure policies in the manifesto

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Retrofit Robot insulator reduces heat loss by up to 86% in trials
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Robot insulator reduces heat loss by up to 86% in trials Trials of an autonomous robot that crawls under the floorboards of old houses squirting insulation have shown that heat loss can be reduced by as much as 86%, the system’s developer has announced.

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How the $30 debris-dwelling is helping America’s homeless
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An artist in Oakland, California, has begun making miniature homes for homeless people out of objects he finds in the street. Each has a build cost of between $30 and $40 – and at least one has already been sold on.

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Labour & Materials Shortages – More PP’s Needed
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Beat Labour & Materials Shortages with clever use of Hybrid Timber Frame. BUT Off-Site MMC needs long term order books, ergo more land with PP to receive output. Government MUST enable fast, easy PP’s & release development land way into future to encourage investment, better quality +lower prices.

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I hate my robot house / Benfield ATT Group
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By Bill Bonner Baltimore, Maryland I Hate My Robot House Bill Bonner returns to his farmhouse in rural Maryland, only a couple miles from where he was born. His house has just been remodelled. It is so completely improved that it is almost unbearable. Turn it off, Howard!… “Howard, I couldn’t figure out how to […]

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Lend Lease launches resi brand at the Elephant
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After years of building homes for other people, development giant Lend Lease has finally taken the plunge in the UK and launched a residential arm under its own brand. And its first scheme will be the huge regeneration of the Elephant and Castle area of London.

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Best practice for pitched roofs
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Since the introduction of the 2013 NHBC Technical standards, which include significant changes regarding roof constructions, it has become important that housebuilders follow the recommendations. Failure to do so can hold up the release of the Buildmark Warranty and cause all manner of problems for housebuilders and home buyers alike. Nonetheless, it is apparent that […]

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Why self build? – Self build & renovation advice
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If you like the idea of creating a home that suits you in terms of design, budget and lifestyle, then self build could be for you Inspiration and expert advice for your home building or renovating project from Britain’s first self build magazine, with readers’ homes, build costs, house plans, materials, DIY guides, design ideas […]

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Architectural Design + 20 Furniture Marvels For The Futuristic Home
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Z. Island Designed for Scholtes by renowned Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid this futuristic prototype design features a touchscreen control panel, heating membranes, sound activators, aromatic scent dispensers, LED lights along with a multimedia entertainment system that comes with a flat screen TV and your very own Apple mac mini which would complement any modern day […]

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Pledge made to create a landmark development
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HUNDREDS of new homes and community facilities are set to transform the sprawling site of the borough’s last super-pits. The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) confirmed today that the final piece in the restoration jigsaw has fallen into place 24 years after Bickershaw Colliery closed.

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