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Circle of light

David Neale of Sylvania looks at how changing trends have influenced lighting in residential applications The cyclical nature of lighting trends poses an interesting dilemma for lighting manufacturers. How can we balance the constant criteria of energy efficiency and design,... View Article

Floor preparation: worth every penny

Dave Bigham of National Flooring Equipment discusses the process of floor preparation in residential spaces In the last few years, luxury coverings such as marble, solid oak and bamboo have bumped up the price of residential flooring in the UK.... View Article

Save lives, limit damage, protect property

Paul Hague of HSP Fire Protection provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about passive fire protection, and its place among the social and private rented sectors As every landlord, local authority or facilities management company will... View Article

Door closers create safer homes

With fire safety high on the agenda, Dr Lloyd Blewett of Samuel Heath investigates the potential of door closers for social housing The tragic events of last year have, understandably, brought the fire safety spotlight on to the social housing... View Article

Improving indoor air quality for long-term gain

John Moss from EnviroVent discusses condensation and mould growth, and what social housing providers can do about it The English Housing Survey (EHS) has revealed recently that damp continues to be a problem for at least one million homes in... View Article

Taking glass to new heights

While the aesthetic appeal of glass balustrades and Juliet balconies is obvious, thought needs to be given to the careful and safe installation of such systems. Simon Boocock of CRL Europe takes a look at some of the solutions available... View Article

Engineering student safety

At a time when the volume of university students continues to rise across Europe, there is great commercial opportunity in the provision of housing to the growing demographic. But with great opportunity comes even greater responsibility. Heriberto Cuanalo of Collegiate... View Article

Give-and-take

Andy Fell of Hambleside Danelaw summarises the pros and cons of different flat and low-pitched roofing membranes. Housing maintenance is a demanding task, with cost, performance, lifespan, ease of installation and maintenance being the main governing factors. ‘Traditional’ roofing systems... View Article

A natural approach to thermal comfort in social housing

Fintan Wallace from Ecological Building Systems discusses the importance of an airtight and windtight building envelope and the natural insulation solutions that can help reduce heating bills and improve comfort for social housing tenants. The cost of heating a home... View Article

Funded solutions

Simon Lomax of Kensa Heat Pumps explores innovative ways to access funding streams for heating and renewable energy installations. Many in the ground source heat pump (GSHP) industry are encouraged by the proposed refinements outlined in the Government’s 2016 response... View Article

A tale of two housing associations

Joining two existing Registered Providers (RPs) together is exciting. However, realising the benefit of a merger can be tricky, particularly if both organisations have a very different approach and culture. Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) and Helena Partnerships were brought... View Article

Next generation coatings and paints

Mike Turner of Ian Williams looks at some of the latest trends in coatings and paint products. Over the decades, formulations and applications have changed significantly and paint continues to be a dynamic sector, contributing heavily to the sustainability, aesthetics,... View Article

Turning around system efficiency

Francine Wickham of Fernox explores how to improve central heating system longevity and efficiency through the use of chemical cleaners, inhibitors and filter technology The Cold Homes Crisis and the rise of fuel poverty within the UK is a widespread... View Article

From the floor up…

Richard Sutton of Horbury Property Services considers the options available when refurbishing floors in housing Choosing flooring for an apartment block or housing project is a decision that should not be taken lightly. If the properties and performance of the... View Article

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
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