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MEP backs EU action to boost low carbon economy

October 12, 2015 PaulGroves Housing IssuesPlanning & Legislation

The European Union action to renovate homes, boost the UK economy, create more than 100,000 jobs and lift millions out of fuel poverty, has received the backing of a North West Labour MEP; Afzal Khan. On his first visit to Knauf Insulation’s Factory in St Helens, where he saw how products are manufactured and discussed […]

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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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