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Housing association fined £10,000 for asbestos breach
One of England’s largest care providers has been fined £10,000 for putting its residents at risk of asbestos exposure.
Inside Housing - Posted 14/02/2014

Richard Rogers and YMCA unveil £30k flatpack homes for homeless people
Rogers’ ‘move-on’ homes look like Monopoly hotels – and are bigger than many private studio flats. But are they really the ‘answer to Britain’s housing crisis’?
The Guardian - Posted 14/02/2014

Progress Housing Group secures £22,000 in RHPP funding for homes in Preston
Progress Housing Group has secured a renewable energy grant of £22,000 to install renewable heating systems into eight homes in Preston, Lancashire.
Housing - Posted 14/02/2014

Do termites dream of robotic bricklayers?
Modelled on termites, robot bricklayers could build structures in places that are too dirty, too dangerous or too dull for humans.
The Guardian - Posted 14/02/2014

Council install £40,000 eyesore after family request ramp for disabled seven-year-old girl
Clare Lally battled for two years after West Dunbartonshire Council gave them a home up three flights of stairs - this was their solution.
Mirror co uk - Posted 14/02/2014

House building to increase by 55%
House building in England will rise 55 per cent by 2018 but will still fall ‘significantly’ short of need, research released this week has claimed.
Inside Housing - Posted 14/02/2014

Sixty Icon Landlords spending millions on sprinklers
Work to improve fire safety in tower blocks follows coroners’ advice.
Inside Housing - Posted 14/02/2014

Mother's anger after council install 'slalom' ramp for disabled daughter in front garden
The mother of a disabled girl have criticised housing officials after they installed a £40,000 eyesore 'slalom-style' ramp over ten levels outside her home.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 14/02/2014

HomeServe fined £30m for mis-selling to 70,000 customers
The emergency home repair insurance firm took advantage of existing customers, many of which were “vulnerable” pensioners, according to the regulator.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 14/02/2014

Ten-level steel wheelchair ramp dumbfounds Dunbartonshire
West Dunbartonshire council's '£40,000' solution to disability access complaint leaves neighbours and Lally family dumbstruck.
The Guardian - Posted 14/02/2014

Leeds residents feel the heat with new boiler scheme
An ECO partnership is turning up the heat on a new scheme aimed at keeping residents’ energy bills down.
24 Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

'We spent £60,000 to make our house more eco-friendly'
Ten years ago couple Tim Nicholson and Joanne Bowlt spent the night in a North African house dug underground to keep it cool.
The Oxford Times - Posted 13/02/2014

Construction begins of new affordable homes in Christchurch
Work to build 27 new affordable homes in the Somerford area of Christchurch has begun.
Sovereign Housing Association Limited - Posted 13/02/2014

Sixty Icon The end is nigh for ECO
Proposed cuts to the energy company obligation have thrown social landlords’ retrofit plans into disarray. Nick Duxbury reveals just how bad the impact is likely to be - and it’s much worse than you thought.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Sixty Icon Rampant lunacy: Council pays £40,000 to fit 10-level, 60m eyesore at home of disabled girl who needed a simple ramp
West Dunbartonshire Council spent £40,000 building a 10-level ramp to allow seven-year-old Katie Lally to get home.
Mail Online - Posted 13/02/2014

Seven in 10 tenants believe homes could be more energy efficient
Seven in 10 social housing tenants believe their property could be more energy efficient, according to a research by a building and repairs contractor.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Balancing the bills
The greenest new homes cost more to build but much less to run. Richard Shrubb examines the case for increasing rents to help pay for them.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Energy efficiency measures to ‘significantly lower'
Cuts to part of the energy company obligation - the pot of money set aside by energy companies to fund energy saving work on ‘hard-to-treat’ homes - could be 70 per cent, much higher than expected.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Sixty Icon Landlord failed to carry out 'significant' number of gas safety checks
A social landlord failed to carry out gas safety checks on a ‘significant’ number of properties, the social housing regulator has said.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

Sixty Icon Arrears drop in Passivhaus schemes
A landlord claims it has slashed rent arrears close to zero by housing tenants in super energy-efficient Passivhaus homes.
Inside Housing - Posted 13/02/2014

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