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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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English Permissions in Principle now live – Neal Morris RIBA Practice Team
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PIP Applications From Friday 1 June applications for permission in principle (PIP) for small housing developments can be made to local authorities in England. Detailed guidance is available here.

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Green Light for Energy Efficient Mortgages – RICS
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Pilot Scheme Launched June 14th marked an important milestone for the Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative – it’s Pilot Scheme was officially launched in Windsor.

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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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10,000 p.a. Modular Home Target  – Construction Manager
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Modular SIPs for LCC Developer-constructor Low Carbon Construction plans to build 10,000 affordable homes a year using its modular SIPs system. Owner Simon Allso explains his ambitions and his thinking to Will Mann of Construction Manager.

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Modular House for URBAN SPLASH
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Clean Contemporary Look “The latest model of factory-built home for developer Urban Splash has a clean, contemporary look”, says AJ’s Rob Wilson, as reported by Offsite Hub..

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Building Skills for Offsite
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Training for Innovations Needed The construction industry is changing and needs a workforce that is trained in new and innovative offsite methods to meet the sector’s future needs. …

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