Housing Specification Blog

December, 2012

No Room at the Inn

December 20, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues


My entire family descend on my grandparents at this time of year. This enables me to make a swift exit when Auntie June has had too much sherry or Mum has upturned the Monopoly board. Others are not as fortunate as I. As well as the usual family disputes and recycled gifts, the festive period […]



Zero-carbon drive leads to overheated homes

December 17, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Design

Velux CarbonLight home in Rothwell

It might not seem likely at this time of year, but as we progress towards zero-carbon by 2016, our homes run the risk of overheating. Older housing stock is less energy efficient, with poorer insulation systems – which means there’s a greater chance of heat loss. Zero-carbon homes will be well insulated and built with […]


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Moving towards zero carbon Britain

December 14, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

Carbon free home in Birmingham

Dr Lubo Jankovic believes it is entirely feasible to have everyone living in zero-carbon homes by 2016. During his research for Birmingham City University, Dr Jankovic assessed the performance of the Birmingham Zero Carbon House, an innovative carbon-neutral building based on an170-year-old redbrick Victorian house. Designed by John Christophers of Associated Architects, the building extends […]


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What does the Autumn Statement mean for housing?

December 6, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

In theory, it's likely than anyone who owns a large, detached house in the South of England will face the expected tax on properties worth £1m.

Chancellor George Osborne updated MPs on the state of the economy yesterday by releasing his Autumn Statement. Funding to assist the building of up to 120,000 new homes was announced. However, housing professionals say that 50% of this figure alludes to projects already in existence. RIBA is calling the Autumn Statement a ‘missed opportunity’ to […]


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