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MEP backs EU action to boost low carbon economy

October 12, 2015 Housing IssuesPlanning & Legislation

The European Union action to renovate homes, boost the UK economy, create more than 100,000 jobs and lift millions out of fuel poverty, has received the backing of a North West Labour MEP; Afzal Khan. On his first visit to Knauf Insulation’s Factory in St Helens, where he saw how products are manufactured and discussed […]

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    Moduleo predicts winter flooring trends

    September 3, 2015 Housing DesignInnovations

    With summer coming to an end, David Bigland, the MD of luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer, Moduleo UK, predicts the key flooring trends for winter 2015. • Dare to go dark Our ‘Next Generation’ of products caters for an increasing shift towards darker flooring options. From our Blackjack Oak to our darker shades of Fazino Maple, […]

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      Fixing the foundations after the scrapping of zero carbon homes

      August 13, 2015 Housing DesignHousing IssuesPlanning & Legislation

      Ian Loughnane, Business Unit Director of Kingspan Timber Solutions, looks at last month’s scrapping of the zero carbon building standards. The Treasury’s statement was presented within detailed documents, published as part of George Osborne’s economic productivity drive called, ‘Fixing the Foundations.’ The plans have been received with a wave of disappointment from across the industry. […]

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        Tackling overheating – a comfortable home all year round

        July 23, 2015 Housing DesignHousing IssuesInnovationsPlanning & Legislation

        Michelle Sharp, Group Communications Manager at Zehnder Group UK, talks perceived and actual temperatures: Imagine getting into your car on a hot summer’s day after it has been sat baking in the sun.  You open the door and feel the heat hit you and your immediate reaction is to ramp the air conditioning thermostat down […]

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          New report calls on Government to provide more incentives to encourage off-site construction and better quality homes

          July 2, 2015 Housing DesignHousing IssuesInnovationsPlanning & Legislation

          Modular off-site building could be the key to solving the UK’s broken housing market, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Dr Tim Fox, Lead Author of the report and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, explains: “The UK House Building: Manufacturing Affordable Quality Homes report is calling on Government […]

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