Housing Specification Blog

September, 2012

Sustainable homes for the future

September 28, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Innovations

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director at Forum for the Future is today’s guest blogger. He explains his concern over the lack of affordable homes and suggests that sustainable solutions are the key to a housing revival. Jonathon will be giving a talk at Homes 2012 in November. I am deeply concerned with the lack of urgency […]



More funding needed to improve energy efficiency of housing stock

September 27, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

richard jemmett

Today Housing Specification are handing over the blogspot to Richard Jemmett, Head of Social Housing Energy for npower. Here he discusses how registered providers can improve a property’s energy efficiency with the latest funding opportunities available. More than two thirds (69%) of social housing providers say a lack of funding is the primary barrier to […]



Green Deal training under scrutiny

September 26, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

Training must be regulated under the Green Deal initiative. Click on image for original source.

The Green Deal, billed as a retrofit scheme to improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock, is due to launch next week. Well we can expect a half-hearted launch at least. With delays to the scheme’s financial mechanism, it’s expected that the initiative will launch in a piecemeal fashion until finance plans are finalised […]



Small but perfectly formed?

September 19, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Design


Whenever I go on holiday, I have to buy all my cosmetics in miniature. I also quite like those mini dolcetti puddings you can order in popular Italian restaurants. Now it seems that my appreciation of all things tiny, has gone one step further. Passé are the days of the palatial, anyone who is anyone […]


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More homeless families seek refuge in B&Bs

September 17, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

Councils are housing homeless families in local B&Bs. Click on image for original source.

The number of families living in Bed and Breakfast accommodation has risen by 44% over the last year. The National Housing Federation has reported that there were 3,960 families living in temporary accommodation between January and March this year nationwide. David Orr, chief executive of the body, which represents housing associations, said: “In a B&B […]


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