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Court case highlights spec change dangers

A recent Northern Ireland High Court case has highlighted challenges that can be faced when a specification is changed. The court heard how new-build apartments in Newtonards, Northern Ireland, had been specified with a BBA-approved full tanking solution with an... View Article

NFB: Social housing green paper does not go far enough

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes the papers approach to solving existing social housing problems but warns that proposed changes do not go far enough. The Government has published its social housing green paper, A new deal for social... View Article

Making it easy to adapt

A new briefing paper from the House of Commons is highlighting increased funding that should lead to almost a doubling of home adaptations under Disabled Facilities Grants. To help local authorities deliver in a timely manner, Closomat- Britain’s leading provider... View Article

Londonewcastle launches new homes in Shoreditch, at The Makers

This autumn, developer Londonewcastle launches ‘The Makers’ – aptly named after East London’s renowned creative community. Built in collaboration with London Borough of Hackney, the mixed-use development will create brand new homes in the heart of popular Shoreditch. Situated on... View Article

BIM for offsite: what’s stopping you?

While the housebuilding industry is educating itself on the practicalities and application of offsite methods of construction, the real opportunity for housebuilders is in how offsite is utilising the latest software platforms. Robert Clark of fusion Building systems explains the... View Article

Silva Timber launches new RIBA approved ThermoWood CPD

Silva timber has launched a new RIBA-approved CPD seminar entitled ‘ThermoWood: Aesthetics , and Performance’ which illustrates the uses and benefits of using ThermoWood. Learning aims include information on the material, benefits, applications, finishes, installation and projects. The CPD seminar... View Article

CEO of BESA to judge Panasonic PRO Awards

Panasonic has announced that David Frise, CEO of Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), will be the UK judge for the Panasonic PRO Awards 2018, which celebrates excellence in the design, specification, installation and commissioning of Panasonic heating and cooling systems.... View Article

Controls that work for the end user…

Effective heating controls are a vital part of an efficient central-heating system. But they are only effective if the end user can understand and use them! Modern controls with wifi and remote control functions are great for people who cope... View Article

New board member appointed by Rhodes & Partners

A leading civil and structural engineering consultancy has announced details of a key new senior management appointment. Manchester-based Rhodes & Partners has appointed Dr Jennifer Capp PhD MEng as a director of the company, in a move which is part of a... View Article

RIBA responds to the Government’s Social Housing Green Paper

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has tresponded to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government Social Housing Green Paper. RIBA President Ben Derbyshire says, “Whilst there are some welcome proposals in the Government’s Social Housing Green Paper, I’m... View Article

Johanna Konta has self-build application refused

British number one tennis star Johanna Konta has had a self-build planning application refused under conditions set out in the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Konta put in an application for a four-bedroom timber-framed house, designed by Scandia-Hus, to... View Article

BSRIA’S industry bible – BG 6/2018 launched

BSRIA is delighted to have launched the “major update” of the go-to design framework guide for building services – BG 6 – A Design Framework for Building Services (5th edition) – at an industry launch event in London in June.... View Article
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