NHF calling on Housing Associations to promote themselves

The CEO of the National Housing federation is calling on Housing Associations to widen the services they offer and spend more time on promoting themselves.

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More information on housing and housing associations can be found here, at the National Housing Federation’s website.

Solar Feed-in-Tariffs cut drastically in Government review

As of 31st October 2011, the Government has announced that they will be slashing Feed-in-Tariffs for domestic solar installations. Government Ministers have emphasised the need to stay within the allotted budget in the face of falling solar costs, but critics are foreseeing a sharp contraction of demand and an end to free solar financing schemes and social housing projects.

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Accelerating the release of Public Land – New document released

A summary report has been released detailing the acceleration of the release of public land into the hands of the private sector. The report includes further details on the ‘Build now, pay later’ scheme and is part of a wider Government effort to stimulate growth and create jobs.

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New homes constructed in England fall 6%

Government figures have been released today, indicating that the level of additional dwellings supplied in England in the year to April 2011 was 121,200, 6% down on the year before and 42% down on 2007-08.

That figure constitutes a number of new build homes provided at 117,700 compared to more than 200,000 in 2007-08 and 124,200 last year.

London saw the largest decrease in net additional homes, falling from 24,340 in 2009-10 to 17,830 in 10-11.

Net additions comprise the total of new build homes plus new home conversions plus new homes from change of use less homes lost through demolition.

A greater overview of the property market can be found on our monthly market fact file, here.

Today’s Property Factlet

Induction unit – An air terminal unit placed under a window and blowing upwards that takes its air from a high-velocity duct and releases it through rows of nozzles, which cause the secondary room air to circulate through the unit. The casing can have a heating or cooling coil and filter and needs only regular cleaning, as there are no moving parts to wear out and break down.

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Rafter – A sloping roof beam, usually from eve to ridge. In traditional timber framing the rafters share loads in common; a full-length intermediate rafter runs from eave to ridge but a jack rafter goes only part way, meeting with hip or valley rafters. The term ‘rafter’ is also applied to all types of trussed rafter, the sloping beam of a portal frame, and the principal rafter of a truss.

Your local surveyor will know all about construction techniques and their application, contact them via www.propertysurveying.co.uk for help and advice.

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Taking-off – The recording of dimensions from drawings or schedules, with a description of the work. This is the first main stage in preparing bills of quantities and is followed by ‘working-up’. Exact rules should be followed when taking off so that the work can be continued without misunderstanding, even by another person.

Your local surveyor will know all about construction techniques and their application, contact them via www.propertysurveying.co.uk for help and advice.

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Patination Oil – A white spirit based liquid that helps prevent white carbonate (that can occur on newly fitted Lead) from staining adjacent materials and provides a pleasing finish to new Leadwork.

Ideal for use on Lead roofing, flashings and cladding to give a uniform, attractive appearance where Lead Sheet is visible or where water flowing away from the Lead Sheet surface may come into contact with other visible building materials. Recommended by the Lead Sheet Association.

Your local surveyor will know all about construction techniques and their application, contact them via www.propertysurveying.co.uk for help and advice.

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Stripping Time – The number of days or hours that formwork must be left in place before it is removed from set concrete. For non-loadbearing vertical surfaces it may be 24 hours, but it is much longer for beams and slabs.

Stripping Time – The number of days or hours that formwork must be left in place before it is removed from set concrete. For non-loadbearing vertical surfaces it may be 24 hours, but it is much longer for beams and slabs.

Your local surveyor will know all about construction techniques and their application, contact them via www.propertysurveying.co.uk for help and advice.