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The legislation lowdown

Earlier this month, changes to technical standards (known as Boiler Plus) under Building Regulations came into force in England. For housing associations, this means all new combi boilers will have to be fitted with one of four energy efficiency controls.... View Article

£95million mill expansion unveiled by the First Minister

On April 23 2018, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon unveiled a new manufacturing line at Norbord’s Inverness plant following a £95million investment. Highlands and Islands Enterprise also awarded Norbord a £12million development grant, on top of Norbord’s investment, to help fund... View Article

Quick dry colour solutions from Crown Trade

Providing specifiers with a quick-drying and low-odour solution, Crown Trade’s full range of Fastflow water-based trim paints can now offer even greater design flexibility with the opportunity to tint to hundreds of different colour options.  Following on from the successful... View Article

Nearly a third of all renters want a property that allows pets

Updated data* from landlord insurance specialists Cover4LetProperty reveals that for 77% of renters, the cost remains the most important deciding factor when choosing a rental property. The eleventh in the series of surveys (carried out bi-annually from March 2013 to date) revisited... View Article

The perfect Habitat for Generation Rent to Be

According to the English Housing Survey, 46% of 25-34 years old now live in private accommodation and not under duress as new research from estate agency Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward (KFH) reveales that 71% of tenants are happy living in... View Article

Engineering student safety

At a time when the volume of university students continues to rise across Europe, there is great commercial opportunity in the provision of housing to the growing demographic. But with great opportunity comes even greater responsibility. Heriberto Cuanalo of Collegiate... View Article

CIEH Urges Government to Accept New CHLG Committee Report

Responding to the publication of the new report from the Communities, Housing and Local Government Select Committee into the private rented sector, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has welcomed the findings and urged the Government to take up... View Article

Have faith with Nuaire

Ventilation manufacturer Nuaire has launched ‘Faith’, a new continuously-running extract fan designed specifically for Social Housing applications. Small yet compact, the new FAITH fan has a facility to enable constant-flow operation via a sensor to guarantee installed performance.Unlike some other continuous extract fans on the market, Faith can automatically adjust its... View Article

Is it too dangerous to be a DIY landlord?

The Buy to Let property boom over the past decade has seen a flood of new landlords enter the market. But with over 145 individual laws and more than 400 regulations to follow, it’s surprisingly easy for even the most... View Article

Positive outlook for Buy-To-Let Britain

The past two years have been rife with changes in the buy-to-let market, despite the challenges the industry has faced, a new report from Aldermore, the specialist bank, reveals private landlords are feeling positive about the future of the market,... View Article

Government Must Prioritise Improving Dangerous Housing

Following the news that, due to rogue landlords, around three quarters of a million people are living in unsafe or unsanitary shared homes, the Chartered Institute of Environmental health (CIEH) has called on the Government to urgently improve dangerous housing... View Article


Andy Fell of Hambleside Danelaw summarises the pros and cons of different flat and low-pitched roofing membranes. Housing maintenance is a demanding task, with cost, performance, lifespan, ease of installation and maintenance being the main governing factors. ‘Traditional’ roofing systems... View Article
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