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Door closers create safer homes

With fire safety high on the agenda, Dr Lloyd Blewett of Samuel Heath investigates the potential of door closers for social housing The tragic events of last year have, understandably, brought the fire safety spotlight on to the social housing... View Article

The durability debate

Bob Andrew of Elfin Kitchens, discusses the importance of using durable materials in kitchen refurbishments and the benefits of thinking small A recent report by the charity Shelter revealed that tens of thousands of families are being forced to wait... View Article

Best in class

Phil Windus from ACO Technologies, delves deeper into drainage channel load classes, and explains why you need to know your A 15’s from your B 125’s Given the country’s tendency to suffer from wet weather all year round, and the... View Article

Should you invest in Buy to Let?

Jeff Knight of Foundation Home Loans considers six concerns for pursuing Buy to Let property Every day the news seems to suggest the buy to let market is set for some form of meltdown or mass exodus of landlords. So,... View Article

Collaborative working pays dividends

Adrian Pavey of Nationwide Windows Ltd looks at the challenges facing Registered Social Landlords and the industries they partner with, and how a collaborative approach is the only way of working in the current climate Consolidation sees Registered Social Landlord’s... View Article

Bridge over troubled water

Around 45 per cent of failed boilers are due to poor quality water in heating systems. This same phenomenon is also responsible for premature boiler breakdowns and repairs. Although the cost of poor water quality is high, the solution is... View Article

Circle of light

David Neale of Sylvania looks at how changing trends have influenced lighting in residential applications The cyclical nature of lighting trends poses an interesting dilemma for lighting manufacturers. How can we balance the constant criteria of energy efficiency and design,... View Article

Floor preparation: worth every penny

Dave Bigham of National Flooring Equipment discusses the process of floor preparation in residential spaces In the last few years, luxury coverings such as marble, solid oak and bamboo have bumped up the price of residential flooring in the UK.... View Article

Save lives, limit damage, protect property

Paul Hague of HSP Fire Protection provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about passive fire protection, and its place among the social and private rented sectors As every landlord, local authority or facilities management company will... View Article

Improving indoor air quality for long-term gain

John Moss from EnviroVent discusses condensation and mould growth, and what social housing providers can do about it The English Housing Survey (EHS) has revealed recently that damp continues to be a problem for at least one million homes in... View Article

Taking glass to new heights

While the aesthetic appeal of glass balustrades and Juliet balconies is obvious, thought needs to be given to the careful and safe installation of such systems. Simon Boocock of CRL Europe takes a look at some of the solutions available... 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

Give-and-take

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

A natural approach to thermal comfort in social housing

Fintan Wallace from Ecological Building Systems discusses the importance of an airtight and windtight building envelope and the natural insulation solutions that can help reduce heating bills and improve comfort for social housing tenants. The cost of heating a home... View Article

Funded solutions

Simon Lomax of Kensa Heat Pumps explores innovative ways to access funding streams for heating and renewable energy installations. Many in the ground source heat pump (GSHP) industry are encouraged by the proposed refinements outlined in the Government’s 2016 response... View Article

A tale of two housing associations

Joining two existing Registered Providers (RPs) together is exciting. However, realising the benefit of a merger can be tricky, particularly if both organisations have a very different approach and culture. Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) and Helena Partnerships were brought... View Article

Next generation coatings and paints

Mike Turner of Ian Williams looks at some of the latest trends in coatings and paint products. Over the decades, formulations and applications have changed significantly and paint continues to be a dynamic sector, contributing heavily to the sustainability, aesthetics,... View Article

Turning around system efficiency

Francine Wickham of Fernox explores how to improve central heating system longevity and efficiency through the use of chemical cleaners, inhibitors and filter technology The Cold Homes Crisis and the rise of fuel poverty within the UK is a widespread... View Article
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