Design out crime

Matthew McTighe from CAME UK discusses the importance of Secured By Design (SBD) and their role in securing developments around the UK Established in 1989, SBD plays a significant crime prevention role in the planning process to design out crime... View Article

A guide to the correct paint specification

LISTEN HERE 🔊 The finishing touches to a project can make all the difference to the sustainability and safety of dwellings. The Dulux Decorator Centre team looks at how the correct specification of paints and coatings can drive up building... View Article

Closing the green skills gap

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Elaine Gilligan of K Systems argues why reversing the skills shortage could quicken the race to net-zero Addressing the skills gap in the construction sector could bolster the industry’s efforts as it seeks to help the UK... View Article

Closing the door on fire

Each year, Fire Door Safety Week raises awareness of the vital role that fire doors play in keeping building occupants across the country safe. Helen Hewitt from the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) explores why the campaign remains as important as... View Article

Air exchange targets

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Richard Poole from Siegenia addresses how and why housing managers should meet the new air exchange targets The updated new building regulation Approved Document F covering ventilation came into force on 15th June 2022. Part F concerns... View Article

Reducing fire risk across the entire building envelope

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Will Wigfield from ROCKWOOL UK explains why above ground level amenities such as roofs, balconies and terraces need greater consideration to mitigate fire risk Fire safety is critical in any home but has a particular significance and... View Article

How retrofits can help solve the fuel poverty crisis

Rocketing energy prices and record-breaking temperatures are keen reminders that the UK is facing crises in fuel poverty and climate change. For local authorities, housing associations and the energy consultants working on their behalf, there is an increasingly urgent need... View Article

Effective passive fire protection

Playing a fundamental role in the long-term safety of their properties and their occupiers, building managers have a clear responsibility to ensure effective passive fire protection methods are in place, as Graham Laws of Siderise Insulation explains. Just over a... View Article

Connected housing

James Gray of Videx Security explores the role that the internet of things (IoT) plays in social housing access control and door entry. The Internet of Things (IoT) has moved on from a new phenomenon to an everyday technology with... View Article

Bridging the funding gap for social housing retrofits

The social housing sector is faced with a retrofit funding deficit of over £90bn, and so far, government grants and private sector investments are falling short. Tim Meanock of Tallarna explains how an ecosystem approach overcomes this challenge to deliver... View Article

Timesaving solutions for flooring installations

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Flooring installations in social housing settings often face pressure to be completed as quickly as possible. Fortunately, certain processes and combinations of innovative new products can dramatically cut the time this takes. Neil Sanders from F. Ball... View Article

Housing returns to Manchester this June

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Housing, the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference – and what is said to be Europe’s largest housing festival – returns to its usual timeline and will take place 28-30 June at Manchester Central. In 2022, there... View Article

Raising the roof for social housing retrofits

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Stuart Nicholson of Marley discusses some of the ways a full roof system, incorporating solar PV, can have a positive impact on rising energy prices. The social housing whitepaper outlined the Government’s commitment to review the Decent... View Article

Building cultural change in 2022

More than 25,000 people are expected to come together at UK Construction Week (UKCW) London on 3-5 May, at the ExCeL centre – the country’s largest live show for the construction industry UKCW London will explore how the industry implements... View Article

Top reasons to plan a trip to FIT

Bringing every link in the fenestration supply chain together, all under one roof for the first time in three years, the FIT Show returns to the NEC Birmingham from May 10 – 12 Whether you install or fit windows, doors... View Article

Why we are planning ahead for housing

Community Housing & Investment Consortium (CHIC) will be hosting its 11th annual conference and exhibition on June 16, 2022, returning to the Sixways Stadium in Worcester. As a procurement consortium with over 200 members, mainly from the housing sector, the... View Article

Controlling Legionella

LISTEN HERE 🔊 The Legionella Control Association (LCA) discusses the control of the disease in housing, as well as its risks, and emerging trends. Legionnaires’ disease (LD) is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia, a bacterial lung infection. LD is... View Article

A best practice approach to fire safety

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Simon Jones from life safety manufacturer Kidde Safety Europe looks at upcoming changes to Scottish fire safety regulations, and how these will impact the requirements for domestic dwellings across the UK According to recent research, 27% of... View Article