The Housing White Paper published in February 2017 marks a departure from decades of housing policy. There’s an acceptance that we need to do things differently if we have any hope of solving the nation’s housing crisis. The target announced in the Budget for 300,000 new homes to be built each year is staggering when…

Maybe now’s the time we stopped talking and thinking about offsite construction as an interesting technology, or something we can imagine being a mainstream option at some time in the future. The time for offsite has arrived. The construction sector faces challenges and problems for which traditional methods don’t have the answers. But more than…

With traditional methods of construction, significantly improving the thermal performance of a new build meant significantly increasing the cost by adding greater insulation and air-tightness to the structure. The alternative was to go for a lower initial build cost and accept that heating bills and running costs would be higher. Not being able to square…

There can’t be many sectors that offer the same prospect for long term growth as care homes. And yet, many care home owners continue to miss opportunities to bring additional capacity on stream to meet the growing demand. Arguments that stop care home owners investing in additional space include the following: It would be too…

‘Construction’ and ‘skills crisis’ are terms that seem to go together naturally these days. The picture people outside the sector see is one of an old fashioned industry that is struggling to attract recruits quickly enough to replace the people who are leaving. Despite a lot of effort and some excellent practice by some construction…

As a result of the Budget we now have a target that by 2025 we will be building 300,000 new homes in England every year. To put that into context, we have not managed to build more than 250,000 new homes in a year since 1978. At that time local authorities built 44% of those…

Safeguarding and Health & Safety are two major risk factors in any care home business. While it’s the occasional high profile failure that hits the headlines, the real issues for most managers have more to do with day-to-day compliance and good practice. That is, until a significant and out of the ordinary factor comes into…

Thermal imaging surveys are increasingly used to assess the thermal performance of a building. The non-destructive technique is used to diagnose issues with heat loss and the comfort of building occupants. As energy efficiency and carbon emissions become ever more significant concerns, thermal imaging is also becoming a vital quality assurance tool to identify any…