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Clearing the air

The NHS is spending £900m a year on asthma care as poor air quality mars millions of lives. Andy Makin of EnviroVent explains how ventilation issues in the home could be a root cause. One of the major issues facing... View Article

Green from the ground up

Households have seen their bills slashed as a result of adopting sustainable heating solutions. Simon Lomax of Kensa Heating explains how the firm helped to harness funding schemes to deliver a big change at several housing associations. Heating issues are... View Article

Getting your property covered

Floors in social and privated rented homes must meet a wide range of needs. Peter Kelsey of Designer Contracts advises on specifying safe and durable floor coverings. Before purchasing a floor covering for a rented property, specifiers should first consider... View Article

Don’t leave it ‘til the heat is on

Landlords shouldn’t firefight unforeseen problems when it comes to fire risk prevention but instead keep the focus on long-term solutions, according to Steve Martin of the Electrical Contractors’ Association. The effects of a fire on the residents of any large... View Article

Towards an accessible and inclusive future

Adapting bathrooms to the needs of an ageing population should be seen as a top priority, explains James Dadd of AKW. There are four compelling reasons why it’s impossible for social housing managers to ignore the needs of the elderly... View Article

Genesis cuts number of estates services providers

London-based housing association Genesis has whittled down the number of its estates services suppliers from 55 to just two in a bid to cut costs and boost efficiency. The HA appointed Just Ask and Mears on four-year initial contracts starting 1 November... View Article

New affordable housing chair means business at Thrive

Watford-based housing association Thrive Homes has appointed a new Chair to help it rise to the challenge of providing more affordable homes in a tough economic climate. Dr Ashley Lane brings a wealth of experience in the commercial sector, combined... View Article

Over 120k children to wake up homeless this Christmas – Shelter

Hundreds of thousands of children in Britain face spending Christmas on the streets or in temporary accommodation, Shelter has discovered. The national charity analysed the latest government statistics from England, Scotland and Wales and calculated 121,455 children will be homeless at Christmas – the... View Article

London Borough fits new Aico Multi-Sensor

The London Borough of Harrow is fitting Aico’s latest alarm – the mains powered Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm, Ei2110e – into it domestic properties. A long standing Aico customer, Harrow is using the Ei2110e to upgrade its properties to at least... View Article

Homelessness bill passes second reading

A new legislation which can change the way councils work to prevent homelessness has passed its second reading in the Parliament without a vote last Friday, 28 October. The Homelessness Reduction Bill, tabled by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, would force local... View Article

Trade body expands structural waterproofing training portfolio

National trade body the Property Care Association has expanded its training programme to enable architects, waterproofing designers, builders, ground-workers and others involved in designing or constructing a basement to broaden their knowledge of structural waterproofing. For decades the PCA has... View Article

Cabinet to back homelessness bill

The UK Government will support new legislation to reduce homelessness, communities secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday (24 October). The Homelessness Reduction Bill, tabled by Bob Blackman MP, will reform England’s homelessness laws by amending the Housing Act 1996. The bill... View Article

How affordable is affordable housing?

Ground-breaking research into affordable housing has revealed that almost a third of tenants at a prominent housing group are at risk of not being able to afford their rent. Flagship Housing Group, which manages and maintains 22,000 homes across the... View Article

Housebuilder suspends London MD after arrests

Barratt Developments has suspended a senior executive after he was arrested following an internal inquiry into suspected misconduct. Alastair Baird, regional managing director for London, and another former Barratt London employee have been arrested this morning after the company referred... View Article
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