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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

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

Preparing for winter with resilient properties

In recent years there has been significant damage to many properties as a result of harsh and persistent wintry weather. Flooding has been high up on the agenda with a national flood resilience review having been commissioned by the Department... View Article

Future is green: building envelopes and energy efficiency

Simon Wild, European Category Marketing Manager at Formica Group, discusses the importance of building envelopes in combatting carbon emissions and their role in energy efficiency. On a global scale residential and commercial buildings are estimated to contribute approximately 31.5 per cent of carbon... View Article

Feature: Wiping off the cost of maintenance

Industrial strength wipes can be a part of your overall cost saving strategy when it comes to housing association management and maintenance teams, explains Corinna Palin, International Marketing Manager of Big Wipes. According to the latest Health and Safety Executive... View Article

Potterton: Tackling fuel poverty with sustainable solutions

For the landlords of social housing, leaving a legacy has always been a core objective. But what options are available to housing associations aiming to tackle fuel poverty and support communities today? Bill Jones, sales director at Potterton considers what it... View Article

Look after your ventilation

Well-maintained ventilation systems can reduce overall building repair and maintenance costs for social housing landlords, while improving occupants’ health and well-being. Michelle Sharp of Greenwood Airvac explains how. We would all agree that a well ventilated home is essential for... View Article

An intelligent route to solar PV efficiency in social housing

Solar PV can offer cost-effective installations for social housing, but intelligent technology has now been developed which ensures properties use every bit of electricity generated to maximise efficiency. HMM reports on one firm’s innovations in this area. ‘The best things in... View Article

Safe as houses: safety and security glass

Keeping people safe in their homes is a high priority for housing professionals, and glass has a significant role to play in achieving this. Phil Brown of Pilkington explains how today’s advanced glazing solutions are helping those in the industry... View Article

Risk and reward

Managing risk in the supply chain is something all businesses should be aware of and this is no different in social housing. Karl Jones of insurance specialists Kerry London looks at the best risk management strategies. From routine maintenance to... View Article

Vinyl accounting

Navjot Dhillon from Gerflor says the social housing sector is facing pressure to provide a diverse mix of properties for an ever-increasing range of tenants, but innovations in vinyl flooring can address those complex needs in a compliant and cost-effective... View Article

Design flexibility enables bathroom accessibility

As the need to make properties accessible grows with the UK’s ageing population, Ann Boardman of Saniflo UK explains the flexible design options that are available for installing an efficient yet stylish downstairs bathroom. It’s well documented that the UK... View Article

Safe in the knowledge with automated connectivity

Dan Hirst, fire, security and access expert at leading electrical wholesaler YESSS Electrical, looks at the latest home automation technology and product innovations on the market to deliver safety for occupiers and compliance with the latest legislation. In October 2015,... View Article

Hot topic: fires for all properties

Fires remain at the heart of the British home, but with so much choice, including fuel type and product choice, before you even consider the design, it can be difficult for housing providers to know where to start. Richard Beaman,... View Article

Tackling the elephant in the room with district heating

Paul Sands of Stokvis Energy Systems reflects on the reasons social housing landlords are returning to the use of centralised heating systems. 2015 was the year that our social housing sector ‘rediscovered’ an appetite for district heating after decades of... View Article

Levelling the playing field

Adrian Pargeter, head of technical and product development at Kingspan Insulation Limited, says that thinner insulation can enable effective design of balconies or terraces for a wide range of properties. The 2015 Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics Report from the Department... View Article

Furnished with efficiency

James Quinn, sales and marketing manager of Fusion Furniture Solutions, discusses the best way to tackle the mammoth task of furnishing your property. Once you have acquired a property and undertaken your refurbishment, there is the ‘small’ task of furnishing... View Article
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