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Moduleo predicts winter flooring trends

September 3, 2015 PaulGroves Housing DesignInnovations

With summer coming to an end, David Bigland, the MD of luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer, Moduleo UK, predicts the key flooring trends for winter 2015. • Dare to go dark Our ‘Next Generation’ of products caters for an increasing shift towards darker flooring options. From our Blackjack Oak to our darker shades of Fazino Maple, […]

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    Fixing the foundations after the scrapping of zero carbon homes

    August 13, 2015 PaulGroves Housing DesignHousing IssuesPlanning & Legislation

    Ian Loughnane, Business Unit Director of Kingspan Timber Solutions, looks at last month’s scrapping of the zero carbon building standards. The Treasury’s statement was presented within detailed documents, published as part of George Osborne’s economic productivity drive called, ‘Fixing the Foundations.’ The plans have been received with a wave of disappointment from across the industry. […]

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      Tackling overheating – a comfortable home all year round

      July 23, 2015 PaulGroves Housing DesignHousing IssuesInnovationsPlanning & Legislation

      Michelle Sharp, Group Communications Manager at Zehnder Group UK, talks perceived and actual temperatures: Imagine getting into your car on a hot summer’s day after it has been sat baking in the sun.  You open the door and feel the heat hit you and your immediate reaction is to ramp the air conditioning thermostat down […]

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        New report calls on Government to provide more incentives to encourage off-site construction and better quality homes

        July 2, 2015 PaulGroves Housing DesignHousing IssuesInnovationsPlanning & Legislation

        Modular off-site building could be the key to solving the UK’s broken housing market, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Dr Tim Fox, Lead Author of the report and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, explains: “The UK House Building: Manufacturing Affordable Quality Homes report is calling on Government […]

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          SBS warns that Y-Value knowledge gap is creating door sized holes in new properties

          June 23, 2015 PaulGroves Housing DesignHousing IssuesPlanning & Legislation

          Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of the Travis Perkins Group, is warning architects and housing developers that a lack of Y-value knowledge is resulting in costly and energy inefficient junctions that are the equivalent of adding a hole the size of a set of French doors into the build. The 2010 Building Regulations introduced SAP […]

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