Housing Specification Blog

March, 2014

Building code changes ease immediate pressure

March 26, 2014 PaulGroves Housing IssuesPlanning & Legislation

The construction industry needs to keep its eye on the horizon and make sure preparations are underway for zero carbon legislation due to come into effect in 2016, says Alex Goodfellow, Group Managing Director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems. Speaking after the Government’s recent announcements on the Housing Review and Part L Building Regulation changes […]

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Flooding and ECO – two sides of the same coin?

March 20, 2014 PaulGroves Housing IssuesPlanning & Legislation

John Sinfield, Managing Director of Knauf Insulation, claims the recent flooding response show how the Government makes decisions based on the political expediency of the day, rather than on an assessment of real quantifiable benefits for all. Firstly, some background. There are many thousands of houses that have been built on flood plains. Some in […]

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Housing Standards Review is a cop out on sustainable materials

March 17, 2014 PaulGroves Housing DesignHousing IssuesPlanning & Legislation

The timber industry has expressed its dismay at the conclusions of the Housing Standards Review consultation. On behalf of the Timber Accord, Iain McIlwee, British Woodworking Federation Chief Executive, has criticised the review.   “Cutting the Code for Sustainable Homes and leaving a void relating to material choice is an utterly retrograde step. Timber for […]

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