£7600 to make your home more energy efficient

Households carrying out energy efficiency improvements on their home can now get more money back to offset the cost of having the work done. From June, people in England and Wales will be able to get up to £7600 back... View Article

Call to support efficient appliance sales

A new report published today “Promoting highly efficient electrical appliances” calls on the Government to help the public replace their old appliances and cut their energy bills by up to £75 a year. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)... View Article

DIY this bank holiday? Not if you are under 35!

If you’re under 35 and you know what a stopcock is, can change a fuse or bleed a radiator, you’re in the minority. New research from PlumberNOW.co.uk, the national fixed price plumbing service, reveals that a “DIY intelligence” gap has... View Article

Westbury Garden Rooms launches Home Trends Report

Garden rooms have enjoyed a phenomenal increase in popularity in recent years and now a new report launched this week reveals why Understanding today’s key macro trends and how they impact on the way we live in and enjoy our... View Article

Grundfos know-how can save you money

As a global pump manufacturer we, at Grundfos, know that although pumps may be hidden away in plant rooms, they are big energy consumers as they currently account for 10% of global electricity. The good news is that we also... View Article

InSinkErator® extends campaigning to social media

InSinkErator®, the global leader in food waste disposers, and a major player in steaming hot water taps, is extending its online campaign strategy to include the use of social media. To celebrate the launch of the new social media venture... View Article

Government responds to the Housing Standards Review

Following a consultation exercise conducted by The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) last year, which sought views on the results of a review of local housing standards, the government has announced that it will move all necessary local housing... View Article

Government confirms self-builders’ exemption from CIL

The Department for Communities and Local Government believe that exempting selfbuilders from paying the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will save the self-build housing sector thousands of pounds and encourage the construction of up to 3,000 currently ‘mothballed’ small housing projects.... View Article

Labour recognises the role of self-builders

There are many challenges faced by today’s small, custom and self-builders, but the most difficult to overcome must be the availability of land. OK – self-builders may be able to bid on the land the big boys see as not... View Article

Industry statistics confirm housing confidence

Proving the housing sector’s strengthening confidence, the NHBC’s latest statistics show that new home registrations have continued their upward trend of last year, rising 14 per cent in January against the same month in 2013. In January, 11,489 new homes... View Article

STYROFOAM manufacturer offers Part L 2013 summary

STYROFOAM manufacturer Dow Building Solutions has released a new, independent publication summarising key changes to Part L of the Building Regulations, which come into force from April 6 2014. Authored by Huw Evans of JPA Technical Literature Ltd, the paper... View Article

Knowing your boundaries when repairing the damage

The recent high winds have caused fences and even walls to collapse in the last few weeks and many trees now need management after being damaged, but property owners should be careful when rebuilding so they do not end up... View Article