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Industry news

Housing heavyweights outline challenges for the future

Published by: Phil Thomas
A panel of speakers from the housing industry outline the challenges facing the industry, now and into the immediate future.
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Industry news

CIH set out key areas for housing at annual conference

Published by: Phil Thomas
Gavin Smart, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), used his opening remarks at their Housing 2022 event to...
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MMC, Materials, Self-build, Industry news

Explosion of self-build demand shows appetite for efficient homes and MMC

Published by: Phil Thomas
As self-build demand goes up, we can see that half of self-builders are opting to incorporate energy-efficient technology and...
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Events

Catch up with Lee Thomas ahead of Housing 2022

Published by: Phil Thomas
We catch up with LABC Warranty's Lee Thomas to find out what he's looking forward to at Housing 2022.
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LABC Warranty news

Castlethorpe Homes and biodiversity net gain in action

Published by: Phil Thomas
LABC Warranty talks to Castlethorpe Homes about how their approach to biodiversity net gain on new developments.
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Industry news

Flooding - how can home builders future-proof their developments?

Published by: Phil Thomas
With flooding projected to be a more serious problem in the future, this article examines what home builders can do to...
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Awards

Bricks Q1 SRA Round Up

Published by: Phil Thomas
In this bumper round-up covering the first quarter of 2022, we dive into how LABC Warranty customers have started the year on the...
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Features, Industry news

Building Safety Act gains royal assent – LABC Warranty and LABC react

Published by: Phil Thomas
After years in the making, and months of debate, the long-awaited Building Safety Act has gained Royal Assent and has passed into...
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Features, Industry news

Tall building approvals across London hit record levels

Published by: Phil Thomas
LABC Warranty’s Craig Ewles reacts to London tall building approvals hitting record highs in 2021
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Features, Industry news

Nutrient neutrality – what’s all the controversy about?

Published by: Phil Thomas
This article gives you a whistle-stop tour of what nutrient neutrality is, why it’s in the headlines, and what’s happening next.
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Features, Industry news

Construction industry cries out for more aggressive emissions regulations

Published by: Phil Thomas
Part Z is a proposal from a panel of engineering, construction, and architecture experts to reduce embodied emissions in...
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LABC Warranty news, HSB

HSB completes acquisition of MD Group and LABC Warranty

Published by: Phil Thomas
HSB (UK and Ireland) have announced the completion of its purchase of the MD Group of companies, including the well-known LABC...
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LABC Warranty news, Women in Construction

Meet Laura as LABC Warranty celebrates Women in Construction Week

Published by: Phil Thomas
We shine a career spotlight on one of our star employees for Women in Construction Week... Meet Laura Taylor.
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LABC Warranty news, Women in Construction

Meet Victoria as LABC Warranty celebrates Women in Construction Week

Published by: Phil Thomas
We shine a career spotlight on one of our star employees for Women in Construction Week... Meet Victoria Barwood.
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Building Regs, Transitional Periods

Building regulations and transitional periods

Published by: Phil Thomas
In this article we discuss how transitional periods typically work and advise how “work started” is defined for building control...
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Building Regs, Products, Product Update, Insulation

Important update regarding Kingspan Kooltherm K15

Published by: Phil Thomas
Please read this important update regarding the use of Kingspan Kooltherm K15 product in your construction projects
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Research, Industry news

A third of home builders to provide work-from-home areas in new homes from 2022

Published by: Phil Thomas
More than a third of builders and developers plan to include work-from-home study rooms or areas in new homes from 2022, a survey...
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LABC Warranty news, HSB

HSB to Acquire LABC Warranty

Published by: Phil Thomas
HSB (UK) have announced its agreement to purchase the scheme administrator of LABC Warranty.
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MMC

Tackling the barriers to adopting MMC – what we have learned so far

Published by: Phil Thomas
MMC remains one of the most talked about topics in housing construction. What can we learn from early adopters?
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Features, MMC

Are conditions right for the industrialisation of housing using MMC?

Published by: Phil Thomas
Emerging from the pandemic and into a world where the focus on carbon zero is stronger than ever, has MMC's time finally come?
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Industry news, Industry trends

How the UK economy is shaping up following the pandemic

Published by: Phil Thomas
Economists are confident that despite a “softening” of the housing market for the remainder of 2021, the outlook appears positive...
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Building Safety, Major Projects, Industry news

Housing providers call for more support as building safety poses threat to new development

Published by: Phil Thomas
Could building safety works put the brakes on housing associations’ plans to build more affordable housing? Read more.
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Self-build, Research

Where are the best places to build your own home in England?

Published by: Phil Thomas
We have analysed our own data and combined with figures published through the Right to Build to scheme to assess the best places...
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Self-build, Government scheme, Industry news

New finance to support more affordable self-build mortgages

Published by: Phil Thomas
The Government has announced a new £150m fund to support a scheme to deliver low deposit mortgages for self-build and...
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Industry news

Transitional arrangements in regulations: when does work actually start on site?

Published by: Phil Thomas
The point when projects are deemed started is important: it determines the building regulations for your project. When is a site...
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Government & Policy

Developers broadly in favour of a New Homes Ombudsman

Published by: Phil Thomas
Research carried out for LABC Warranty suggests that developers and house builders are broadly in favour of a New Homes Ombudsman...
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Features

17 ways to design better homes and developments

Published by: Phil Thomas
With an overwhelming amount of information to absorb, how can architects, designers and developers design better new-home...
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Self-build, Government scheme, Industry news

Self Build scheme puts sites forward for funded custom builds in Wales

Published by: Phil Thomas
Building your own home in Wales? Take advantage of the new Self Build Wales scheme, which provides funded custom homes for...
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Self-build

How to finance your custom or self-build project

Published by: Phil Thomas
Are you are struggling to know where to start on financing your custom build project? We provide a quick overview of the options...
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Self-build

6 steps to building your dream home

Published by: Phil Thomas
To help you avoid tripping up at the first hurdle we have outlined 6 things you need to know before embarking on your self-build...
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Funding, Affordable housing

Affordable housing: where will housing providers get funding from?

Published by: Phil Thomas
Affordable housing: where will the UK's housing providers get funding from to build the affordable homes the country needs?
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Government & Policy

Faster, fairer planning promised in forthcoming green paper

Published by: Phil Thomas
A Government green paper will outline changes to the planning system that will impact on developers, construction firms and...
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Government & Policy, Industry news

Consultation on “world leading” energy efficiency in UK homes

Published by: Phil Thomas
As expected, the Government has announced a consultation on the Future Homes Standard, focusing on energy standards and...
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Government & Policy

10 key takeaways from the Government’s new National Design Guide

Published by: Phil Thomas
The Government has produced a National Design Guide and will follow up with a National Model Design Code in 2020. What will this...
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Building Regs

Designing and building your homes to be more accessible – Part Two

Published by: Phil Thomas
Making your homes more accessible – what are the requirements?
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Self-build

Top tips to consider when buying land for your home

Published by: Phil Thomas
Are you an aspiring self-builder looking to build your dream home, but struggling to find land? Before you buy there are some...
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LABC Warranty Services

Changes help strengthen the Consumer Code for Home Builders

Published by: Phil Thomas
Created to help ensure new home buyers are treated fairly, the Consumer Code for Home Builders has undergone several changes...
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Building Regs

Designing and building your homes to be more accessible - Part One

Published by: Phil Thomas
On June 25 Theresa May announced a raft of initiatives to tackle barriers faced by disabled people at work and home. Concerning...
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Self-build, Industry news

How to get started on your self-build project

Published by: Phil Thomas
Building your own house is an ambition held by many but it can be a rocky and expensive road if you’re not fully prepared for...
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Government & Policy, House size

Are Britain’s Houses Getting Smaller? (New Data)

Published by: Phil Thomas
What is the average house size in the UK? Find our results on whether houses are really getting smaller.
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Basements

Basements - House of horrors or a fairytale ending?

Published by: Phil Thomas
Recent press photographs showing buildings literally being ripped at the seams, may well put off prospective clients and...
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Planning

Top tips to navigate through the planning process

Published by: Phil Thomas
To unlock the potential of any piece of land, you need to get planning permission. Check out our top tips to navigate through the...
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Building Regs

Fire sprinklers compulsory in Wales: the requirements

Published by: Phil Thomas
In October 2013, the National Assembly for Wales passed new regulations that require a fire sprinkler system to be installed in...
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Features

Ecobuild becomes Futurebuild

Published by: Phil Thomas
This year saw the “first” Futurebuild event at ExCel London, having previously been known as Ecobuild. Whatever the name, it...
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Funding

Affordable housing: Government announces £3bn funding

Published by: Phil Thomas
Chancellor Philip Hammond uses the spring statement to announce that the Government would guarantee up to £3bn of borrowing by...
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Features

Structural warranties date back to Napoleon

Published by: Phil Thomas
Whilst it might not be his most famous achievement, the history of structural warranties can be traced all the way back to...
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Building Regs

Standards for building basements

Published by: Phil Thomas
Are boiler rooms, utilities and storage encroaching on ground floor space?
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Brownfield

Contamination risks when building on brownfield land

Published by: Phil Thomas
We all know that the availability of land is one of the biggest barriers to building at the moment.
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Government scheme

Construction Academies: Another plank for Bridging the Widening Skills Gap

Published by: Phil Thomas
The widening skills gap is a growing issue for the construction industry. As the construction workforce ages, not enough young or...
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Features

Constructing for the Future: Designing Timeless Interiors

Published by: Phil Thomas
There’s no doubt about it: interior renovations can be a costly business - whether that’s from a homeowner’s or a builder’s...
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Government & Policy

Building Better, Building Beautiful: what are the implications for house builders?

Published by: Phil Thomas
Find out more about the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission and the implications for house builders when designing...
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Features, Structural Warranty, Industry news

Choosing a Structural Warranty Provider

Published by: Phil Thomas
How do you choose a warranty provider? With a range of options on the market, What is the difference, and how do you choose the...
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Features, MMC

Adopting MMC – how one social housing provider is overcoming barriers

Published by: Phil Thomas
Like many housing providers at the forefront of the housing crisis mission, L&Q is actively exploring the role MMC has in the...
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Features

Eco-Friendly Bathrooms: 4 Key Design Considerations

Published by: Phil Thomas
The Future Homes Standard 2025 will seek to end fossil fuel-based heating in all new homes as part of the UK Government’s drive...
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Self-build

The Self Build Register - what is it and how does it work?

Published by: Phil Thomas
We take a look at what the Self-Build Register is and how it affects you as a self-builder. Learn more.
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Features

En Suite Design 101: 3 Essential Considerations

Published by: Phil Thomas
En Suite Design 101: 3 Essential Considerations
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Industry news

Building in the Budget

Published by: Phil Thomas
Here’s a snapshot of some of Philip Hammond’s main building-related announcements last week
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Events

Expert Views at the top for our first ‘Technical Talk’

Published by: Phil Thomas
Our first ‘Technical Talk’ took place on Tuesday 25th September at the top of the iconic Gherkin in London. Find out all about it.
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Materials, Ground, Industry news

Boring Company, Exciting Bricks, Cheaper Houses?

Published by: Phil Thomas
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla has unveiled plans to convert the dirt excavated by his tunnel digging business, the Boring...
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Features

Future of Construction: Droning on

Published by: Phil Thomas
Despite the negative press associated with drones they have proved useful in a variety of different industries. The Construction...
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Industry news, Brownfield

Britain has Enough Brownfield Land to Solve the Housing Crisis

Published by: Phil Thomas
It has been discovered that there is enough space on brownfield sites to build at least one million new homes. Due to the nature...
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Industry news

Bridging the Widening Skills Gap: How and why?

Published by: Phil Thomas
The construction industry isn’t a new one and as with any industry that has existed for a long time, public perception tends to...
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Industry news

Bathroom Design 2.0: The Function-First Solutions of the Future

Published by: Phil Thomas
Bathroom design is an interesting topic right now, as technology and innovative design are at a point of coming together to...
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Planning

Don’t lose the plot with our guide to plot types

Published by: Phil Thomas
Land very rarely comes pre-packaged and ready to build on. In fact, if you are looking to find best plots, chances are you are...
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Building Regs, Features, Industry news

Dangerous Dust on the Building Site

Published by: Phil Thomas
Air pollution is a growing issue in the world and is especially evident and dangerous within our heavily populated urban centres....
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Features

6 major benefits of buying a new build home

Published by: Phil Thomas
The decision to buy an older home or new build home often boils down to personal preference. We look at the benefits of choosing...
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