Centre-stage at Housing 2018 Apart from two live builds in the off-site demonstration village there were sessions galore on building better faster. Speakers included Nick Walkley, chief executive, Homes England, Mark Farmer, author, ‘Modernise or Die’ and David Cowans, chief executive, Places for People. Plus a keynote address from The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, […]
Females Preferred As reported in Construction Buzz #157, a third of UK home owners would rather hire a female builder, as opposed to a male builder, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
400,000 Shortfall There will be an estimated shortfall of 400,000 ‘specialist’ homes for older people by 2035, despite strong demand for bungalows. A housing inquiry has called for change.
Lloyds Bank Report Construction Index notes that more than two thirds of house building companies are investing in some kind of modular or prefabricated housing, according to a new survey. House-builders are looking to so-called ‘modern methods of construction’ – doing as much of the work as possible in factories instead of on building sites […]
Innovative Offsite Needed to Meet Targets Writing in UK Construction Week, Andrew Carpenter, CEO of the Structural Timber Association, explained why innovative timber construction is the only way to meet government housing targets, and why offsite’s key players are lining up to take centre stage.
Offsite spend to increase 20% up to 2023 Writing in Construction Manager, Will Mann reports recent research showing that more than two-thirds of housebuilders are investing in modular construction, as the sector aims to improve standards and energy efficiency.
Recap Last week’s Weekly Insight, which illustrated how and why wood buildings are healthier, cited a relatively new international organisation, the WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE. Having received numerous queries about who and what this is, this week’s edition looks more deeply into this and what it is doing. Although currently primarily applied to commercial and public […]
Timber’s Biophilia Credentials Iain Mcllwee, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation draws attention to the growing focus on the health and wellbeing of building occupants. In particular he cites the emergence of the “Well Standard” resulting in the recognition of timber’s strong biophilia credentials.
“Virtual” Power Plant Tesla has agreed a partnership with the State of South Australia to create a network of 50,000 solar powered homes to create a “virtual power plant”. It aims to fit 250MW of photovoltaic panels to the homes, store excess energy in batteries to cover the hours of darkness and, if there is […]
Self-Generating net-zero Solar Farmhouse Writing in InHabitat, Laura Mordas-schenkein asserts that net-zero energy (or NZE) is quickly becoming the gold standard in green building. “If you can generate all of your own energy on site,” she writes. “you never need to rely on the grid or worry about energy bills.”
‘Noddy Box’ alternative Conceived as an alternative to the “Noddy boxes” offered by many volume housebuilders, developers Urban Splash teamed up with architects ShedKM in an effort to combine the cost benefits of modular construction with the flexibility offered by architect-designed properties.