Housing Specification Blog

November, 2012

Home truths about housing longevity

November 28, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

Mark Oliver

Today HS welcomes H+H’s Managing Director, Mark Oliver to the blog. He talks about the importance of providing a frame requirement for building longevity. In an environment of increasingly stringent regulations for new builds, it seems odd that no one appears to be asking for a minimum lifespan for a building. This crucial question has […]


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Will Garden Cities solve our housing crisis?

November 27, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

Welwyn Garden City in Hertforshire was built in 1920. It was declared one of Britain's first new towns in 1948.

Speaking at the National House Building Council earlier this week, Nick Clegg said it was time to “think big” about Britain’s housing shortage. He said: “We’re building 100,000 fewer homes than we need each year.” To solve the shortage, the Deputy PM suggested that a new generation of garden cities should be built across the […]


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Growth in the Green Build sector?

November 22, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

Researchers Prof. Gibbs and Dr O'Neill visited the Voase family who grow hemp on their farm in East Yorkshire

Don’t ever say we don’t give you anything – today I’m offering up a little insider to an article coming up in the next issue. HS spoke to Dr Kirstie O’Neill from the University of Hull. She recently helped conduct a survey into the growth of the green build sector. Inconsistent national government policies and […]


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Case Study: Overclad solution improves 800 homes in the North East

November 21, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Innovations

After overclad solution had been installed

In today’s guest post Marley Eternit looks at how a fibre cement overclad solution provided a cost-effective method of improving the energy efficiency and aesthetics of over 800 properties in the North East. Local authorities across the UK are considering how best to improve the energy efficiency of their existing domestic portfolio to ensure that […]



Fuel poverty claims more homeowners every winter

November 7, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

An increasing number of homeowners in Britain cannot afford to heat their homes

When I think wintertime I think frosty countryside walks, before cosying up round the fire. In reality, the cold weather will bring misery to millions of homeowners across the UK this winter. Fuel Poverty, the inability to pay gas and electric bills, is set to increase over the next four years. By 2016 it’s estimated […]


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