TINA It used to be said of Margaret Thatcher, but according to Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association, ‘There is Only One Answer’ (TINA) to satisfying government housing targets, and it is why offsite’s key players are lining up to take centre stage explains- innovative timber construction.
Collaborative Central Hub The world’s leading building science centre, BRE, has launched a Centre for Smart Homes and Buildings (CSHB) to exist as a collaborative central hub for industry, academia and the government. It will work to facilitate and improve the use of smart products and services within the built environment. Working with a range […]
Great Expectations? Despite our media-saturated world of Grand Designs, people still aspire to a modest house. People want to live in a robust, quiet home that’s cheap to run, provides sanctuary and is a place to raise their family. Expectations may not be high, but are they even achievable?
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
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
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
Pilot Scheme Launched June 14th marked an important milestone for the Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative – it’s Pilot Scheme was officially launched in Windsor.
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.