Housing Specification Blog

October, 2012

Home insurance claims soar during “Mischief Week”

October 30, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues


Will you be trick or treating tomorrow night? Dubbed by Insurance companies as ‘Mischief Week’, homeowners face £1.4m repair bill after Halloween and Bonfire night celebrations. Whilst the majority of revellers will be out for some harmless fun, the period between Halloween and Bonfire Night witnesses an increased rate of property vandalism. One fifth of […]


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How to achieve maximum building performance…

October 26, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

Students get to work at the Technical Academy

Today’s guest blogger is Kevin Hall, Senior Trainer at the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy. He talks to HS about installation techniques and getting the best out of your building solutions. As one of Saint-Gobain’s Technical Academy trainers, I’ve seen numerous techniques used to install essential building components, such as insulation and plasterboard, over the years. However, […]


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EWI – an effective tea cosy for ageing housing stock

October 25, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues


If we’re to believe the forecasts, we’re in for some much colder weather tomorrow and the week ahead. Winter has officially arrived. With rising heating bills and energy costs, I bet, that despite the foretold plummeting temperatures, you’ll be reluctant to crank up your heating system. Around a third of a house’s heat is lost […]


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Green Deal, ECO & Retrofit Strategies for Social Housing

October 19, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

Alan Yates Chairman of SHAP

Alan Yates, Chairman of the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP) is today’s guest blogger. SHAP are sponsoring the ‘Social Housing’ module within Retro Expo’s Green Deal Summit later this month which will be examining the implications of engaging in the Green Deal and ECO. Earlier this month the long awaited Green Deal was launched and […]


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HS reports back from Grand Designs Live 2012

October 18, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Design

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I popped along to Grand Designs Live at the NEC last Friday. Packed with the latest products in building technology and interior design – I had to fight my way through the thronging crowds to get a good look at the best on offer. One of the most intriguing displays was located in the Grand […]


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