Spring is in the air, time for a security refresh

Spring is traditionally the season most home owners spend time and money giving their properties a deep clean and furniture overhaul. However, the more we invest in expensive interiors and home goods, the higher the risk of crime. Here, Dr... View Article

MAB comments on BBA mortgage lending data for March 2014

Brian Murphy, Head of Lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB), comments: “Activity remained strong during March despite many lenders engaging heavily in the final preparations for tomorrow’s Mortgage Market Review (MMR) deadline. Looking at the seasonally adjusted figures, purchase and... View Article

Cutting costs in Photovoltaics: Glass innovations in focus

Although the costs for solar power have come down considerably lately, photovoltaics are still unable to compete with conventional energy sources. The “last mile” to competitiveness will therefore prove difficult for the sector: Cell and module production have already been... View Article

Novus brightens up the lives of Ark House youngsters

Property maintenance and refurbishment specialist Novus Property Solutions continues its work in the community, having helped a group of young homeless people in Stroud to gain the skills to makeover their own bedrooms. Stoke-on-Trent-based firm Novus, which has an ongoing... View Article

SME builders welcome fair payment

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has welcomed the launch of the supply chain payment charter. The supply chain payment charter is a voluntary code for fair payment in the construction industry and is one of the first deliverables from... View Article

New agreement signed with construction skills leader

The University of Wolverhampton and the leading provider of construction training in the country have joined forces. The University, a leading provider of advanced courses in the Built Environment, and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have signed a Memorandum... View Article

NAPIT Supports Cowboy Builders Series

The producers of the Channel Five programme, Cowboy Builders, approached NAPIT for expert advice during filming of an episode based in Swindon. The featured family’s newly installed garden lights and sockets had a range of problems with them, including faulty... View Article

Greater Birmingham delegation reflects on positive MIPIM

This year’s MIPIM property exhibition has been hailed as “the most positive in years” by members of Greater Birmingham’s delegation, with an increased audience of investors taking notice of the momentum and ambition of the region’s large scale development projects.... View Article

Housing policy conference creates common ground

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) Policy Conference has once again proven itself to be the country’s premier opportunity for national politician’s to showcase their thoughts on how the housing industry should operate. Taking advantage of this unique access to senior... View Article

Cabe appoints new chair

As part of continuing work to integrate Cabe into the Design Council, Pam Alexander has taken over from Paul Finch as the organisation’s new chair. It is expected that Cabe will benefit from her experience of strategic policy and delivery... View Article

Will extension of Help to Buy scheme increase housing starts?

When Chancellor George Osborne, used his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show to announce the government’s decision to extend their Help to Buy scheme, you could have heard the construction industry’s collective sigh of relief. Although welcomed with mixed reviews when first... View Article

Homebuilders maintain customer satisfaction levels

The results of the Home Builders Federation’s (HBF) ninth Customer Satisfaction Survey, conducted in collaboration with the NHBC, has revealed that the housing industry is maintaining customer satisfaction at a level that matches or exceeds those in almost any other... View Article