Government consults on further planning reform

As part of the effort to simplify and speed up the planning process the government has launched a consultation exercise, which closes on 26 September, designed to bring further reform to the planning system. The consultation invites views on how... View Article

National Stats show increase in housing output

The NHBC has reported that private sector registrations were the sole driver of UK housing growth in Q2 2014 with registrations rising 9% to 27,527 during the quarter against Q2 2013. During Q2, South East England saw the largest rise... View Article

Peter Cox Ltd secures Which? Trusted trader accreditation

Peter Cox Ltd, the UK market leaders in property care has become the first, and currently the only, national preservation company to receive Which? Trusted trader accreditation, an endorsement scheme that helps consumers find reputable traders. Managing Director Keith Gilby... View Article

Five tips for keeping cool while the weather is hot

With the summer now in full swing, you may feel that temperatures inside your home are as high as those outside. Overheating can be associated with health risks, particularly for vulnerable groups such as the elderly, so it is crucial... View Article

New service to boost self build housing

A new service which can link self builders up with suitable local contractors has been launched by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), with the support of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA). This new service is the... View Article

Johnson & Starley responds to DECC announcement

In response to the announcement by DECC on 22 July 2014 about the removal of Flue Gas Heat Recovery systems from the Green Deal home Improvement fund, Chris Yates, Managing Director of Johnson & Starley Limited commented that the early... View Article

Lighting for a digital age

As LED lighting increasingly becomes the solution of choice, it’s important to understand how it works and what makes the difference between good LED lighting systems and disappointing ones. Duncan Chamberlain, director of Philips Lighting explains. Switching on a light... View Article

Green lime mortars show their true colours

Roger Shroff, sales and technical executive of Lime Technology Limited, explains the benefits to using increasingly popular lime mortar, both internally and externally. One of the joys of embarking on the journey of becoming a self-builder has to be the... View Article

Build tight, ventilate right

Graham Copson, technical manager at Klober, explains why it’s worth spending time getting the balance between ventilation and airtightness right. The phrase ‘build tight, ventilate right’ has become synonymous with the construction of low energy buildings, yet awareness of how... View Article

The A-Z of stairs

To help self-builders understand the dos and don’ts when planning and designing the perfect staircase, the BWF Stair Scheme has produced a helpful A to Z guide of everything you need to know about stairs. A is for… Accidents. Stairs... View Article

Cast your mind forward

Ornate Interiors MD Ronnie Clifford wants you to break the mould… This is a call to arms!  We want you to break the mould and unlock the unlimited potential of your interior spaces. We have a very real chance to... View Article

Manage your build… and most importantly your budget

By James Bryden, CLPM Project Manager. In a recent survey* of house builders and homeowners, it was found that 75% of respondents overspent. While spending your contingency can be a “joke” at dinner parties, in reality it’s no laughing matter,... View Article