Housing Specification Blog

July, 2013

Homes are hotting up

July 31, 2013 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues


We’ve had a spell of lovely warm weather. Housing experts are now warning homeowners about the dangers of living in a home that’s too hot. As a nation we’ve got a little cosy. At the first sign of a breeze, we’re guilty of cranking up the thermostat rather than donning another layer. The government is […]


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Tackling the rising cost of energy bills

July 16, 2013 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

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Today’s guest blogger is Ian Kitchin, Global Commercial Director of Product Certification from BSI (British Standards Institution). He spoke to HS about how householders can take advantage of government initiatives to reduce energy bills in their home. The warm weather finally seems to be here to stay, but whilst some people are thinking about enjoying […]



What’s in store at Timber Expo 2013?

July 3, 2013 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

The Frame Wise theatre at Timber Expo 2012

Housing Specification has been talking to the guys over at Timber Expo to get the latest about this year’s biggest timber trade event. Timber Expo will be taking place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham this September.  Now in its third year, over 5,000 visitors are expected at the UK’s leading timber trade show […]


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Can we get the Green Deal going?

July 2, 2013 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

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Not a single UK household has been completed to Green Deal specification during the first five months of the flagship energy policy. Figures, released by DECC last week, show 38,259 assessments completed up to 16 June resulted in just 245 Green Deal plans, with only four signed off. These embarrassing statistics have done no favours […]


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How will social housing tenants bear the burden of Bedroom Tax?

July 1, 2013 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues


The government’s spare room subsidy, dubbed the Bedroom Tax, is having a worse impact on claimants than first predicted. Introduced at the beginning of April, the tax implemented an average payment cut of £14 per week for people living in social housing with one spare bedroom. Lord Freud, Bedroom Tax Minister, has warned local councils […]


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