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Confusion in the Numbers
Mark Oliver, MD of H+H, discusses how after the deepest and longest house building depression in history we are now, thankfully, experiencing an upturn. The latest estimate from the Construction Products Association predicts that by the end of this year there will be 138,139 new home starts. Thatﾒs an increase of 16.7 per cent on last year and a jump of 29.5 per cent since the darkest days of the recession in 2009 when there were only 106,635 new home starts.
H+H attends the Housebuilder Awards 2013
November 7th marked the event of the 2013 Housebuilder Awards, held at the Tower Hotel (Guoman Hotels) London. Hosted by Housebuilder Media, the evening saw nearly 500 people hear impressionist and comedian Jon Culshaw announce this yearﾒs winners for each category, presenting every one with a different industry leader, including our very own MD, Mark Oliver.
One House, Three Extensions
A triple extension on a private three bedroom home has been constructed using H+H Celcon Blocks Standard Grade with traditional mortar. The house in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, has been transformed over a three year period by Gill Building, which recently completed the final 3M x 10M extension on the rear of the house.
Code of Practice Change Allows Many More to Reap Thin Joint Benefits
Changes to the rules that govern the installation of precast concrete flooring will allow the benefits of H+H?s innovative Thin-Joint System to be realised in the construction of more apartment blocks, care homes and other buildings with precast concrete floors.
How to Build Separating Walls Using the Thermal Benefits of Aircrete
When building new dwelling-houses and flats have you considered using aircrete blockwork for separating walls which can provide significant thermal benefits? Doing so can simplify your build process, save time, money and give improved thermal benefits.
How Important is it for the UK to Have a Domestic Building Products and Materials Industry?
In September 2012 Vince Cable announced that the Government would be developing eleven sector strategies across key industries during 2013 with the aim of promoting both short and long term economic growth. The construction industry was selected as one of the eleven sectors and a Construction Industrial Strategy Advisory Council (CISAC), representing the breadth of the industry, will oversee and steer the development of the strategy out to 2025.
Comet, HMV, Jessops & Blockbusters - relevance to Builderﾒs Merchants
The demise of previously leading retailers in their respective sectors, Comet, Jessops, HMV and Blockbuster, is largely blamed on their failure to adapt to online retailing. Commentators suggest that by not changing their business model to ﾓclicks & bricksﾔ (from ﾓbricks & mortarﾔ), as others like Tesco and Argos have done, these previously market leading, but now collapsed, companies missed a trick.
Embodied carbon - the next focus for the industry - by Mark Oliver
We are all familiar now with the arguments surrounding the need to reduce our carbon emissions. The building industry has responded impressively and new building techniques, as well as new materials, mean that it is quite possible to build houses that have almost no carbon emissions related to their heating needs.