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Impossible Housing Targets – say local authorities
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Planning Resources Lacking At the end of 2016, a joint research report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) found that nearly 90% of local authorities believe that the government’s housing targets will be impossible to meet due to a lack of planning resources.

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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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Liquid Solar Energy – storage and use
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Swedes ‘Capture the Sun’ In a research paper published in the March edition of Energy & Environmental Science, Professor Kasper Moth Poulsen, of Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, explains: “The dream is to create a universal solar battery that releases heat on demand.”

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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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Architects Fabulous Pre-Fab   – modular ‘Grand Designs’ living
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Everyone’s Going ‘Off-Site’ Construction Manager magazine (CM) reports that architects Richard Hywel Evans (RHE) has launched a modular home concept to offer Grand Designs styling at an affordable price.

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Caveat for Contractors  – how clients try to avoid paying
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Cowboy Clients The media is often keen to criticise ‘Cowboy Builders’, but little is heard about Cowboy Clients – those that enter into a project and contract without the wherewithal to discharge their obligations, taking advantage of the trust and honour of many good quality building contractors and putting them and their workforce at risk. […]

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www.wesavings.biz
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A water-saving faucet to control a fast hot water mini-recirculation loop. Save WATER and save ENERGY. To make available the hot water at the faucet you can either waste 40 L of water per day in the sink while you are waiting for hot water, or not wait for hot water but waste 10 KWh […]

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New “Passive Cooling’ Film
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Radiates heat without energy American University Invention Writing in Global Construction Review, Joe Quirke reports that a team from the University of Colorado Boulder has engineered a new material that can cool structures without using energy.

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Big Builders Buy Pre-Fab – aim to beat worker shortage
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Reuters Reports Phase Change in UK Home Building Disclosing that the prospect of Brexit choking off the supply of EU workers is reshaping Britain’s homebuilding industry. Esha Vaish reports that Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and Your Housing are among the many leading housebuilders who have told Reuters they are either planning new developments of prefabricated […]

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H&S Fines Set to Skyrocket – tougher sentencing on way
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Tougher Sentencing Guidelines Start to Bite As prosecutions hit companies across the board, Helen Devery of risk lawyers BLM has warned the industry needs to become more aware of the new HSE sentencing guidelines. Fines for construction companies have hit more than £12.6m since February 2016. Turnover Related Fines As noted by CIOB Construction Manager, […]

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