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Don't believe the hype: next year will be strong
There are plenty of commentators starting to suggest that the much-discussed recovery in the housing market could be short lived. However, my own view is that 2015 will see a sustained growth in new housebuilding with the resultant increase in demand for merchants' stocks.
Introducing the Masonry House Package
H+H, manufacturer of Celcon Blocks, has launched a new technical support package to help smaller building contractors and those involved with self-build projects. The Masonry House Package is designed to take the hassle and worry out of building the fundamental elements of a build project ? the walls and foundations.
H+H Retro Fit Joist Hangers
H+H is again at the forefront of increasing levels of efficiency in UK house building after findings from the AIMC4 project revealed Retro Fit Joist Hangers to be a faster and more airtight way of hanging supporting floor joists. Retro Fit Hangers are now being recommended as an alternative to traditional methods when using the H+H Thin Joint System.
Dealing With the Upturn
Rewind back to January 2013 and there was an air of cautious optimism surrounding the industry, but no one was expecting anything dramatic. As a company we forecast a modest 3 per cent increase in new housing starts. Come March, this cautious optimism began to wane after the country had been besieged with bad weather; the year ahead was not looking promising. Our sales in the first quarter of 2013 were lower than 2012.
Thin-Joint System achieves Passivhaus principles
A prestigious development of five luxury apartments has been constructed to Passivhaus principles using H+H aircrete Jumbo Blocks, Foundation Blocks and the H+H Thin-Joint System. Oyster Reach in Whitstable, Kent, was built by contractor Masonry Frame Systems Ltd in a prime central location facing out to the sea.
Course on the Design of masonry to Eurocode 6
Course Date: 18th June 2014 commencing 9.30 am
All those interested in the design of masonry to the Eurocode. This course will provide an overview of the changes in both the design procedures and supporting documents resulting from the introduction of the European Codes and Standards and compare the new requirements with the previous British Standard BS 5628.
Thin-Joint: Top Five Tips
The Thin-joint System is widely used across the UK and is the preferred method of building in much of Europe. It is designed for speed of build and air-tightness, whilst reducing cost, build time and waste on site. So, it is no surprise that knowing how to use this modern method of construction is a valuable skill to have.Here are my top tips to get you on your way:Use the correct toolsIn order to achieve the best results using the Thin-Joint System you need to use the correct tools. In doing so, you can prevent any irregularities or imperfections should
Thin-Joint: Base Course for Solid Wall Construction
The base course of a solid wall construction starts from the ground floor, above the damp proof course (DPC). The DPC can actually be laid into the bedding mortar or base course if required, but it is usually under the floor you are building the solid wall onto.
The British Economy is Recovering, the Future is Safe, or is it?
Since spring last year Britain has been in recovery mode. The country is slowly getting back on its feet after the worst recession in living memory. Surely that means our future as a world leading economy is secure. But is it? Perhaps we are simply climbing up a rather precariously balanced economic ladder and, similar to what happened in 2008, we will have another spectacular fall from grace.
Help to Buy Extension Brings Stability for Construction Sector
Responding to the Chancellor George Osborne?s budget announcement regarding the extension of the Help to Buy scheme and the development of a new garden city, Mark Oliver, managing director of H+H, has welcomed the short term stability the scheme brings for the construction sector.
Fighting Floods and Overcoming Overheating by Mark Oliver
Hardly a day has gone by this year without flood warnings, flood risks and flood management being mentioned in the media. The Environment Agency has already issued hundreds of flood warning and alerts for England and Wales this year and in Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 27 flood alerts and 61 flood warnings between January 1st and January 20th alone. The Environment Agency estimate that already this year around 640 properties have flooded in England alone.
What are the Benefits of Long-Term Partnerships? by Mark Oliver
Twelve months ago no one was predicting the significant increase in new housing starts that shocked the industry in 2013. We entered the year cautiously optimistic expecting a modest 3 per cent increase in new housing starts and after a disappointing first quarter no one could be certain what the rest of the year would hold.