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Swan Housing Association launch modular design guide setting out considerations for designing modular housing Repeatable processes, not repeatable products @SwanHousing

Swan Housing Association, along with award winning architects Waugh Thistleton, have today launched their ‘Modular Design Guide’ at Republic, East India, London.

Swan, which opened its own offsite modular factory in 2017, has already delivered precision-engineered homes to its Beechwood development in Essex and is set to deliver its first mid-rise modular homes to Watts Grove in East London this summer.

Based on Swan’s ‘NU build’ modular system, the guide aims to give the design teams of new homes an understanding of the interrelationship between the consultants, the client and the factory. The guide is not a pattern book, but instead provides the tools for the designer to develop their own unique project, whilst thinking about how each module is made, transported and assembled at every stage of the design development.

Shhh, the heat pump revolution is coming @meuk_les

As heat pumps become more common as the primary source of heating for homes, Max Halliwell explores why it’s not just performance you need to look at

The government has recognised how important air source heat pumps will be for the future of low carbon heating in the UK and is forecasting one million sales a year by 2030.

At the same time a recent report from the Committee on Climate Change called ‘UK housing: Fit for the future?’  is demanding that from 2025, new homes should not be connected to the gas grid, with gas boilers being banned in all new-build within the next six years.

DIY BANK HOLIDAY TIPS FOR A HEALTHY WINTER BOILER @HeatingYourHome

Just like a car, a boiler needs to be well maintained in order to keep it operating at its best. Spring and Summer is the perfect time to make sure it’s in tip top condition. If you are doing DIY or jobs around your home this bank holiday, follow these tips to help prevent any stressful moments later in the year when the cold weather returns!

Check the system pressure

Occasionally you may need to top up your heating system to maintain optimum performance. If your boiler pressure is below 0.5 bar then generally it’s too low and you need to increase the pressure. If it’s between 1 and 1.5, you can sit back and relax.

RINNAI – FREE TRAINING FOR ALL INSTALLERS & CONTRACTORS OFFERING SERVICE & MAINTENANCE TO END USERS @rinnai_uk

Rinnai, the UK leader in continuous flow hot water heating units and systems, is now offering FREE training courses to any installer or contractor who wants to extend their business and offer service and maintenance to their customers.

The FREE courses will include comprehensive training on Best Practise of system design, sizing, installation, service, maintenance, regulations and legislation both current and pending.

1930s house transformed into a stylish family home @VELUXGBI

When the owners bought this 1930s six-bedroom detached house in the Cotswolds in 2011, the rear of the property had an awkward layout and was rather dark and ramshackle. Fortunately, they had the vision to see past this.

The original kitchen was small and north facing with a separate scullery and a number of small annexes; originally used as coal holes and storage when the house was built (as a doctor’s surgery).

But Penny and her husband Charles, who have two grown up children and two cats, always wanted a large open-plan kitchen and area for family dining that was filled with natural daylight and opened on to the garden at the back.

Redrow launches online reservation to enhance customer journey @Redrowplc @RedrowHomes

First housebuilder to offer buyers the ability to legally complete the reservation of a new home online

Redrow, a leading UK housebuilder, is enhancing its customers’ home buying experience with the launch of online reservation. The service, accessed via Redrow’s award winning online members’ area, gives buyers the opportunity to complete the reservation of their new home online.

Redrow’s online reservation has already been rolled out across a number of the housebuilder’s developments in Lancashire, the South Midlands, South East and Southern Counties. The latest Redrow figures show that 90% of customers chose to reserve their property in their own time and in the comfort of their chosen surroundings, whether that’s relaxing at home or taking advantage of the convenience of accessing their personal account on the move. More than 30% of buyers completed the reservation when the sales centres are closed.

Find out how to add an extra level of enjoyment to your house at the Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show @MyHomebuilding

The South has seen a rise in the creation of games rooms, as pub closures continue to increase following the enforcement of the smoking ban. As a result, the market is seeing a growing demand for home entertainment spaces, smart technology and recreational experiences. For those who wish to delve into the domain of at-home recreation, the Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, sponsored by Idealcombi, the Danish contemporary window company, and Self-Build Zone, specialist supplier of site insurance packages and structural warranties, is returning to Surrey between 29-30 June at Sandown Park, with practical advice, products and services to help homeowners get closer to achieving the fun follies they desire.

A Complete Spring Clean

2018 saw an uncharacteristic six week long heatwave. This hot spell led to a surge in subsidence claims from both homeowners and building owners. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said the ‘357% increase in the value of claims was the highest quarterly jump since records started more than 25 years ago.’[1]

The heatwave conditions affected many building foundations as sustained warm weather caused water from subsoils to dry out, resulting in shrinkage. When shrinkage occurs the ground can no longer support the building, the foundations gradually move downwards, causing the property to sink in one area or across the entire foundation footprint; this is subsidence. Warning signs include problematic wall cracks which will typically start at windows, doorways or corners of buildings and if they are larger than 5mm then professional advice should be sought.

Summer trends to make your garden stand out

Now that the weather is getting better, many of us are turning our attention to getting the garden ready for the summer months. While general garden maintenance such as cutting the lawn and trimming back the hedges can make the garden look presentable, here are some of this year’s top trends to make your garden stand out from the crowd.

STAFFORD LAUNDERETTE AWASH IN COST SAVINGS @rinnai_uk

Rinnai has just completed the installation of two HDC1500i continuous flow hot water heating units at a busy laundrette serving businesses and the public in Stafford. Rinnai were chosen on the recommendation of another laundrette owner, in Lancashire, who praised the efficiency and major cost savings because of switching to cascaded continuous flow hot water units as they guarantee almost unlimited supplies of hot water at peak demand whilst savings on fuel costs.

MySense App to Control Your Electric Heating @intelliheat

My-Sense is a user-friendly, intuitive wi-fi control for your Smart Electric Heating.

With the new My-Sense Free App for electric radiators, you can control your Intelli Heat wi-fi Electric Heating remotely using your smartphone, laptop or tablet. Online Intelligent Electric Heating Control for 1,000 Rooms.

Managing the heating controls for Homes, large office buildings, Hotels, Hospitals, and Care Homes, is currently a manual task; in partnership with signs educating the occupants to turn down the heating at the end of each day, not to leave windows open, and encouraging them to save energy. The problem with this is that the occupants of each room, office, school, bedroom, and hospital ward are not concerned about the heating bill that you need to pay.

SCHUECO CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS RANGE OF PANORAMIC SYSTEMS

In recent years, architects and their clients have been expressing a preference for ever-larger areas of all-but-frameless glazing. To satisfy this demand, Schueco produced its very successful range of Panoramic sliding doors and façade systems, which is augmented this year by its first-ever Panoramic window.

As framing technology evolves, so does Schueco’s ability to produce new solutions more closely tailored to the needs of their customers. In pursuit of this aim, the company has been working for many years to slim down frame-widths without compromising the insulation properties which are essential for maximising energy performance.

Eco2Solar partner with Sunamp on “Homes of the Future” @Eco2solar @SunampLtd

Solar panels experts Eco2Solar partner with world leading heat battery developer Sunamp on pilot homes of the future in Bishopton

Technologies offer new efficient cost-saving energy solutions for homeowners

Part of Taylor Wimpey’s ground-breaking 2020 project constructing cutting-edge prototype homes

Eco2Solar is delighted to announce a new partnership with heat battery specialist Sunamp. The two companies are working together to install innovative renewable power solutions on
homes within Taylor Wimpey’s development in Dargavel, Bishopton. The homes will have Eco2Solar’s photovoltaic solar panels connected to Sunamp’s UniQ range of heat batteries,
allowing homeowners to capture and store energy from the sun, into the heat battery for later generation of hot water.

BAL Flexbone 2Easy named Best Innovation at industry awards @BALtiling @tileassociation

BAL – market-leaders in full tiling solutions – are celebrating after their unique floating uncoupling mat was voted the Best Innovation at The Tile Association Awards 2019.
BAL Flexbone 2Easy is a truly uncoupled solution. The uncoupling mat is laid loose on the subfloor – preparation can be reduced to just a quick sweep of the floor, provided it is flat, level and sound. This means the product can be used over mastic asphalt, mixed substrates, bitumen, screeds with laitance, contaminated screeds and screed with cracks.

Designed with perforations, vapour channels and a mesh weave reinforcement, the system ventilates and uncouples the covering from the substrate in a single process – permanently and reliably.
Any residual moisture in the substrate is evenly distributed through a system of channels and then drawn off through the perforations in the mat via the grout joints. In this way, substrates that are still damp are not encapsulated.

Find out how to add an extra level of enjoyment to your house at the Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show @MyHomebuilding

(29-30 June, Sandown Park, Surrey, www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/surrey)

The South has seen a rise in the creation of games rooms, as pub closures continue to increase following the enforcement of the smoking ban. As a result, the market is seeing a growing demand for home entertainment spaces, smart technology and recreational experiences. For those who wish to delve into the domain of at-home recreation, the Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, sponsored by Idealcombi, the Danish contemporary window company, and Self-Build Zone, specialist supplier of site insurance packages and structural warranties, is returning to Surrey between 29-30 June at Sandown Park, with practical advice, products and services to help homeowners get closer to achieving the fun follies they desire.

Gary Drage, managing director of SAM Leisure, says: ‘Within the Southern region, games rooms are an understood concept that people want. More than 60 per cent of our sales go to homes within this area. The South of the UK is where the average spend tends to be high, which may be attributed to the fact that, in this region, people are more willing to invest in their homes, properties tend to be bigger, as do budgets.’

Revealed: Brits’ most desired smart garden technology @FarawayTeak

  • ‘Plant sensor’ (71%) is the smart garden technology which appeals the most to Brits
  • Thereafter, ‘smart sprinklers’ (66%) rank as the next most desired smart garden device
  • Contrastingly, Brits are the least enthusiastic about a ‘weather-resistant Bluetooth speaker disguised as a rock’ (35%) for their garden
  • Brits place ‘price’ (32%) as the primary consideration in their motivation to purchase a potentially handy smart garden product
  • Opposingly, Brits are least worried about the level of post-purchase support (8%) they would receive from any smart garden device that would be of interest to them

The summer is nearly upon us. With that comes the perfect incentive to clean the garden and facilitate a more pleasurable outdoor environment for those all-important summer BBQ’s and gatherings.