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Largest construction industry event returns

With nine trade shows taking place at the Birmingham NEC this November, UK Construction Week promises a rich variety of exhibitors and topical debates in its 2017 edition. One of the leading voices of the construction industry, UK Construction Week... View Article

Get plastered, without the damp patches

A change in plaster choice can help landlords and local authorities to eradicate damp and cut their maintenance bills in the process, argues Tom Emery of Tarmac Over the last five years, UK local authorities have paid out £35m on... View Article

Achieving consistency in fire safety standards

Discrepancies between Building Regulations and other guidance for smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms in housing must be resolved, argues Rex Taylor of Kidde Safety Europe Definitive guidance for smoke and heat alarms is provided by the Code of Practice,... View Article

A new age for dry fixing

Andrew Cross of Klober addresses the gap in quality and performance of dry fix systems and how a new British Standard could help specifiers navigate the growing market With housing associations and local authorities investing significant sums to ensure the... View Article

Boiler servicing simplified

Gaining access to a tenant’s home to conduct boiler servicing can be a challenge, but modern boilers with in-built controls can make this process easier, reports Bill Jones of Potterton The relationship between a landlord and their tenants can sometimes... View Article

Access all areas

Mark Sadler of Closomat highlights why it’s vital to adopt accessible bathroom features in rented properties and reveals any hidden costs and product considerations involved in the process Bathroom adaptations are driving a growing debate about how to balance the... View Article

Combining dry screed with underfloor heating in retrofits

Incorporating screedboard and underfloor heating in your home can provide acoustic and thermal benefits. Janeeth Devgun of CCF, offers expert insight. Landlords and facility managers are increasingly looking to install flooring solutions that are not just easy to install and maintain,... View Article

A new dawn: Lambeth Borough Council

Lambeth Council delivered its first directly developed scheme in a decade – including the complex conversion of a heritage building into six social housing flats, writes Teodora Lyubomirova. At first sight, there’s nothing unusual at the corner of the busy... View Article

Refurb to reinvigorate

Updating a bathroom is no easy undertaking, but Chris Tranter of Bristan offers advice on how to tick all the boxes. When it comes to refurbishing social housing, there are several considerations to bear in mind. While the updates should... View Article

Relieving the pressure

Stuart Pearce of GeoSmart Information explains how SuDS can help mitigate the flood risk. Improving the country’s resilience to flooding is driving the need for a new approach to managing surface water runoff. Existing drainage systems and sewers have a... View Article

A network of opportunities

District heating schemes have gained popularity across Europe, but the UK is still trailing in the adoption of this energy-efficient heating method. Louise Howlett of RA Brown explains the benefits. While district heating is widely adopted in Northern Europe, it... View Article

Ready for a climate change

A regeneration charity has gone the extra mile by climate-proofing the external spaces at several social housing estates. Hannah Baker reports. Scientists predict that climate change is likely to bring more extreme weather events to the UK, significantly increasing the... View Article

View from the top

Allan Frizzell of roofing specialists Topseal looks at how innovation in roof coverings has taken the hassle out of flat roof maintenance. Flat roofs have a long history in the UK, and their benefits in terms of affordability and ease... View Article

Locking crime out

Robust door-access control is key to a safer community. Tim Rogers of security specialists Key Management Systems reveals the options. In a world where population numbers are rising rapidly and social pressures change by the day, concerns over personal security... View Article

Lighting the way – smart solutions for social housing

Andy Davies, head of business development and specification at lighting specialists Harvard Technology, explains how one of the UK’s largest operators of affordable housing, Peabody, gave tenants improved and safer lighting across its estate, whilst delivering significant financial savings, reductions in... View Article

A way through the Legionella minefield

Water hygiene compliance is a headache for landlords, with many having only limited experience, but it’s crucial to get it right. James Homard provides a guide to the pitfalls and how to avoid them. With around five million private rental... View Article

Clearing the air

The NHS is spending £900m a year on asthma care as poor air quality mars millions of lives. Andy Makin of EnviroVent explains how ventilation issues in the home could be a root cause. One of the major issues facing... View Article
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