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Sixty Icon Curse of the botched new build homes: They're part of flagship schemes to solve our housing crisis but many are riddled with problems
As the taxi approaches Oxley Woods in Milton Keynes, the oblique angles and vivid white and reds of the estate’s futuristic homes seem to rise up out of nowhere.
Mail Online - Posted 28/05/2014

Only 6% of developers think 200,000 homes a year target achievable
Only 6 per cent of housebuilders asked in a recent survey believe that the target of 200,000 homes to be built every year is deliverable.
Inside Housing - Posted 28/05/2014

Free trials of energy saving product for heating systems
Sustainable Homes has been informed of this innovative energy saving product and thought our readers might be interested in conducting free trials.
Sustainable Homes - Posted 27/05/2014

Sixty Icon UK housing target can't be done, builders warn
Only 6% of developers believe hitting a target of delivering 200,000 new homes every year is achievable, despite many expecting an upswing in construction activity, according to an industry poll.
Housing - Posted 27/05/2014

Sixty Icon Octavia trial makes district heating hot topic for social landlords
A pilot project by Octavia Housing is helping landlords re-think how they deliver heat and tackle fuel poverty in thousands of social housing properties across the UK supplied by low carbon district heating systems, by allowing them to monitor system performance and energy use in real-time.
24 Housing - Posted 27/05/2014

Residential powering ahead, Barbour ABI says
The residential sector had the highest proportion of contracts awarded by value last month with one third of the total.
Building Design - Posted 27/05/2014

Lending for property refurbishment in UK more than doubles in a year
Property refurbishment projects in the UK have seen funding more than double in the last 12 months, according to a survey of financial intermediaries.
Property Wire - Posted 27/05/2014

Polypipe revenues outstrip rest of the UK sector
Polypipe, one of Europe’s biggest manufacturers of plastic pipe systems,​ said its revenues grew eight times faster than the rest of the UK construction ​sector last year, boosted by a range of new products and its entry into new markets.
Yorkshire Post - Posted 27/05/2014

Housebuilders say 200,000 homes a year target is 'unachievable' - report
Only 6% of housebuilders believe that the key target of 200,000 homes to be built every year is deliverable, according to a new report.
24 Housing - Posted 27/05/2014

Sixty Icon Boom in house extensions as grown-up children move back in
A loft extension or granny flat can provide self-contained space for adult children or elderly parents as high house costs change face of British households.
The Guardian - Posted 27/05/2014

Welsh designers behind £30,000 flat-pack houses designed to solve London's housing crisis
Architect Andrew Partridge and Richard James who is currently CEO of the YMCA London South West have developed the Y:Cube.
Wales Online - Posted 27/05/2014

Sixty Icon Affordable housing contract wins for Brewster Bye
Leed-based Brewster Bye has won contracts to deliver 935 affordable homes over the next 12 months.
Housing - Posted 27/05/2014

Millions choosing to improve rather than move house
A third of homeowners are making home improvements with the aim of adding value to their property.
The Independent - Posted 26/05/2014

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) completes homes in Essex
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has completed 18 homes for soldiers and their families in Essex.
Housing - Posted 25/05/2014

Gentoo and EDF Energy complete external wall insulation scheme in Sunderland
Gentoo and EDF Energy have completed a scheme to fit external wall insulation to 100 homes in Sunderland.
Housing - Posted 23/05/2014

Sixty Icon Oxford whole house retrofit reduces CO2 by over 80%
One of the properties retrofitted as part of the Retrofit for the Future competition achieved an emissions reduction in excess of 80%, as well as bringing the annual energy bill of the property below £500 (average UK energy bill in 2012 was £1,250).
Sustainable Homes - Posted 23/05/2014

Litherland residents get garden makeovers to help tackle fly-tipping
Residents of a Liverpool street in the Litherland area of the city have transformed their gardens thanks to funding from a social landlord.
Housing - Posted 23/05/2014

Sixty Icon Construction activity falls as fears grow about reliance on house building
House building failed to sustain the growth in construction activity in April according to recent figures, despite it still accounting for a third of the total value of new contracts awarded. - Posted 23/05/2014

Midland Heart opens up new Handsworth base for property care team
A Midlands housing and care provider has opened up a new depot in Handsworth, Birmingham, for its recently expanded property care team.
Housing - Posted 23/05/2014

Video: Wearside NHS patients prescribed home improvements
People on Wearside have been prescribed home improvements by the NHS as part of a new pilot scheme.
BBC - Posted 23/05/2014

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