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The blueprint for future homes
It was no surprise that the distinctive-looking ArcHouse won the H+H UK sponsored Homes for Britain category in the Sunday Times British Homes Awards. Designed by architect McInnes Gardner, the three-bedroom home?s distinctive curved roof gave this futuristic home a barn-like appearance that helped the scheme stand out from the five other impressive shortlisted entries. Almost one third of the people who voted in the competition chose this quirky scheme for garden city-type developments.
Failing to plan is planning to fail
For some time now our managing director at H+H, Mark Oliver, has been speaking about the need for better planning and the benefits of long-term working partnerships within the construction sector. This is something, in my role working with major house builders on a day-to-day basis, that I am now seeing an urgent need for.
Sunday Times Homes for Britain 2015 Shortlist
The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015 in partnership with H+H UK Ltd, Redrow Homes, BRE and the AJ invited submissions for visionary designs in a standard house type suitable for planned Garden City developments and constructed with H+H UK?s aircrete building materials.
Lighter weight and better Thermal Conductivity for H+H
H+H, leading manufacturer of aircrete blocks, has lowered the density of its High Strength and Super Strength Grade Celcon Blocks from 750 kg/m3 to 700 kg/m3. This has led to an improvement in thermal conductivity and lighter weight blocks. The change has been accredited by the British Board of Agr?ment (BBA) in a new certificate issued to the manufacturer.
Standing up to the true test of time
Like a fine wine, true quality comes with time. Innovation, while key to development, isnﾒt the only way forward. Graham Sargeant, Applications Research Manager at H+H discusses how well-established products are being constantly evaluated and tweaked to make sure they stay relevant in the current market-place.
Service is key to building excellence
Excellent service provided by H+H staff has made building a breeze for the team at Sherborne Homes Ltd during the company?s first development for a housing association. High quality service and additional benefits from using the Thin-Joint System, allowed for a speedy delivery of a project in Gloucestershire.
UK Aircrete manufacturing acts on demand for new housing
There is much current debate around the need to build 200,000 homes per annum to satisfy the country?s growing demand, regardless of the mix between private and social housing. It is the number agreed by all interested parties on the levels of housing needed to begin reducing the waiting list for UK homes. Everyone including Government, industry specialists and those with the responsibility for building new homes is very aware of this target and its potential impact on the housing situation which exists currently.
APA Endorse the NHBC Guide to Part L
The NHBC has launched its new guide on Part L of the Building Regulations to help house builders and specifiers understand the changes. The guide, entitled Part L 2013 - Where to Start, is available for download though the National House Building Council (NHBC) Foundation website.