Easy does it…

Clarissa Youden, associate director of Total Home Environment discusses how you can reduce building maintenance and fuel poverty, while offering dramatic health benefits So you’ve got old housing stock, with complaints of mould, condensation and high heating bills. While a... View Article

Improve your property with skylights

Sunsquare is a designer and manufacturer of bespoke skylights to be awarded a BSI Kitemark in the industry. As an expert in his field, MD of the company Justin Seldis talks through the legislation concerning installation for landlords Property maintenance... View Article

Maintaining aluminium guttering

Martyn Reed, the technical director of ARP Ltd in Leicester is keen to discuss the benefits that aluminium can offer as a rainwater and roofline solution With the government looking to deliver a strategy of building affordable housing, improving the... View Article

Achieving outstanding maintenance delivery

Repairs and maintenance are high on the agenda for discussion among the majority of housing association management teams. This is a consequence of the rent reduction scheme, the further threat to on-going income from the loss of properties under the... View Article

Sealing your EWI system efficiently

Peter Thompson, general manager UK of ISO-Chemie, explains the best practice and products for sealing External Wall Insulation It is an increasing trend for local authorities, housing associations, developers and landlords to improve the thermal efficiency of their buildings and... View Article

The challenge of an ageing population

Dr David Usher, of InterAction of Bath, looks at the greatest challenge facing the housing, management and maintenance market for 45 years Although three years have passed since the end of the default retirement age of 65, more than a... View Article

NCH creates community garden with St Ann’s tenants

Nottingham City Homes (NCH) has this week been working alongside a team of St Ann’s tenants to begin planting up a brand new community garden, created for them as part of NCH’s Decent Neighbourhoods programme. The team at NCH has been... View Article

Modern and stylish adaptive bathrooms

When it comes to refurbishing housing stock with fully adaptive bathrooms, many landlords, housing associations and local authorities think high-end aesthetics are simply not cost-effective. An evolving market is now challenging that view more than ever. Peter Melia, UK business... View Article

New rules for smoke alarms

New government regulations demanding smoke alarms and, in some instances, carbon monoxide alarms in privately rented homes add to a confusing mix of requirements, leading alarm manufacturer Kidde explains. With occupants at least four times more likely to die in... View Article

Buying into biomass

As a sustainable low-carbon technology, biomass has become an increasingly popular option for housing associations. What’s more, registered landlords who have installed biomass have seen a reduction in fuel bills for their tenants, making it even more attractive – particularly... View Article

Selecting the right flooring for your housing

Designer Contracts MD, Peter Kelsey, offers his expert opinion on how to select the right contractor and the right flooring products for any social or private rented property The nature of social and private rental properties should be researched and... View Article

Landlords and Legionella – complying with the law

In April 2014 the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines for prevention of Legionella were brought into law, requiring every landlord to undertake regular risk assessments for each of their tenanted properties, whether managed by themselves or an agent. Failure... View Article

Funding SME builders is key in solving the housing shortage

With housebuilding a key feature in the general election, Hampshire Trust Bank’s Robert Grigg, managing director (Property Finance), looks at how increased finance options for small developers will help increase their growth and ability to build new properties. As we are all aware, the UK... View Article

Innovations in efficiency

Phil Brown of Pilkington UK Ltd explores how contemporary innovations in the glazing industry are helping housebuilders create high performing, cost effective homes. The government’s 2016 nearly zerocarbon target for new homes has pushed energy efficiency to the top of the agenda for housebuilders. Rising energy costs have also... View Article

Part L compliance: the practical approach to fabric first

Stephen Smith, market development manager at Knauf Insulation, discusses the recent Part L changes in England and Wales and how developers can easily comply with a flexible recipe approach The amended Part L of the Building Regulations has finally come... View Article

Making a difference to safety on-site

Managing director of Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE), Jonathan Fellingham discusses the safety implications of working with trussed rafters Timber roof trusses are large, heavy and require work at height. It’s safe to say that if guidelines are not adhered to,... View Article