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Giving old multi-storeys a new lease of life

They may have been the necessary solution to post–war housing shortages, but concrete multi-storey buildings’ structural integrity has come back to haunt planners and maintenance teams. Nic Collins of Sika explains how they can be made fit for the future.... View Article

Don’t slip up: effective choices for communal spaces

Beware taking the cheap option when it comes to busy communal spaces – it could prove to be a false economy. Martyn West of Altro advises on how to make informed specification choices based on safety, durability and reducing maintenance... View Article

Decorating made easier with Rotarad

Reaching that awkward space behind the radiator to decorate has long been a time consuming issue for professional trades people looking to do a perfect job. However, now there’s a solution. The Rotarad radiator valve kit enables easy access to... View Article

Go-ahead for ground-breaking £2million training scheme

Salix Homes has been given the green light by Salford Council to create a ground-breaking training centre for young people. The £2million flagship scheme will see a disused hostel, which once-supported homeless young people, transformed into a stable place for... View Article

Kingspan TEK and OPTIM-R achieve BES 6001 certification

Kingspan Insulation is once again taking the lead on responsible business practices as its TEK and OPTIM-R product ranges became the first in their respective classes to achieve ‘Very Good’ BES 6001: Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products certification. The certificate... View Article

Kingspan installed on waterfront student accommodation

Kingspan Kooltherm K15 Rainscreen Board has been specified as part of a new £42 million purpose built student accommodation project in Portsmouth, due to its outstanding thermal performance and ability to meet the stringent fire performance requirements for the project.... View Article

RIBA gives seal of approval for Kingspan compliance CPD

Kingspan Insulation are thrilled to announce the launch of their latest RIBA-certified Continuing Professional Development (CPD), ‘Facades and Fire Safety: Routes to Compliance’, on the regulatory requirements for rainscreen clad buildings; in particular, those with habitable storeys over 18m. RIBA... View Article

Smart lighting management

New generation monitoring and management systems for indoor lighting and LED solutions are bringing significant benefits to social housing. Tim McKernan from Harvard Technology explains. Lighting, which can accounts for as much as 40 per cent of a building’s electricity bill, has... View Article

Restoring pride in social housing

Building more homes is higher on the agenda than ever before, but future-proofing must be top priority for management teams, explains William McDowell of Rockpanel Group. Social housing tower blocks are easily one of the most controversial elements of post-war... View Article

Solar success: why PV systems are a win for landlords

Energy efficiency continues to be a hot topic for property as housing providers gear up to meet rigorous efficiency rules. John Forster, Chairman of Solar Trade Association Scotland, reveals how solar roofing can improve homes and lives. Despite the UK government’s commitment... View Article
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