House Builders Association welcomes Labour’s drive for new homes

The House Builders Association (HBA) today welcomed the Labour Party’s renewed commitment to enable smaller housebuilders to access land and build new homes and create 230,000 new jobs as part of an ambitous programme to double the level of housebuilding in the UK. Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds today highlighted the importance of small and medium sized house builders to a thriving industry and their role in helping to double housebuilding output.

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 James Hulme, strategic policy adviser to the HBA said:

“The Labour commitments announced today echo the HBA’s long standing recommendations calling for smaller sites requirement in Local Plans, and a proportionate number of SMEs involved in large site & public land disposals .It is a well accepted fact now that new houses need to be built on a large scale to meet the growing demand. These houses can form large communities but the smaller builders have a crucial role to play in driving output, innovation and quality. We are pleased that the Government and the Labour Party are both aware of the need for greater competition and diversity, by making provision for small sites and making the whole access to land process more transparent. Smaller companies built two thirds of new homes in 1988.  Now it is less than a third. To ensure a thriving industry we must grasp the notion that small companies are crucial to a healthy housebuilding sector, and to the preservation of local communities and flourishing local economies. We hope the Government agrees and will act sooner rather than later.”

The competitive range of structural warranties on offer from  Structural Warranty product provider Build-Zone provide cover for all areas of house building, social housing and commercial development as well as completed and self-build developments.  The Build-Zone New Home Structural Warranty is an approved Designated Warranty Provider and operates throughout the UK.

For more information visit www.build-zone.co.uk

The Next Generation Report – Homebuilders and their contribution to a sustainable future.

The Next Generation Report is an annual sustainability benchmark comprising the 25 biggest homebuilders across the UK.

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Government, investors and the public alike benefit from the benchmark as is provides an improved understanding with regard to the sustainability of the homebuilders operations as well as the new homes they build.

The benchmark also performs as a forum to discuss challenges, share ideas, test concepts and gain insight from expert speakers.

The benchmark has been operated with the same criteria for the past three years, and examines more than 250 criteria with its triple bottom line approach to sustainability, the industry trends can therefore be analysed with confidence when reflecting back on 2013.

Approaching the “green ceiling”, 2013 has been the first year in which a company has scored over 90% in the benchmark.  Run by Jones Lang LaSalle and supported by the Homes and Communities Agency, the Next Generation Initiative has been scoring and monitoring house builders since 2006 with regard to the sustainability of the homes they build, their construction and policies.

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Construction growth continues to be fuelled by house building

Stable growth for the construction industry is shown by figures from the Office for National Statistics as output rises 4.1% over the year to Q3 2013.

 

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 Housebuilding continues to be the main source of fuel for much of the growth– private housebuilding rose by 15.6% in the same period. This growth in activity is assisted by the Help to Buy scheme which enables homebuyers to obtain a new home by only putting down a 5% deposit.

Julia Evans, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, said:

“Help to Buy has given a much needed shot in the arm to the housebuilding sector. Activity is increasing, but we started from a low base. We are still building around 40% fewer homes than we were building in 2008; nowhere near enough to meet demand. We need to ensure that the industry is on a sustainable footing before the three-year Help to Buy scheme ends so we don’t see that level of decline again.”

Output in the repair and maintenance sector fell by 0.6%, but despite this drop has remained fairly steady. In contrast to the Green Deal which is struggling to catch the public’s imagination, The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) continues to generate a significant amount of retrofit work with almost 50,000 installations in August. Cutting funding for ECO would reduce available work at a time of rising costs and further depress activity in this sector.

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Build-Zone strengthens team with new appointment

Build-Zone has strengthened the team by appointing Grant Sykes.

Grant Sykes is the newest member to join us here at Build-zone. Graduating from Loughborough University in 2009; Grant went on to gain experience in logistics and financial operations before joining us.

After a five week introduction and training in the Self-Build Zone team; Grant’s role within the team is varied and involves him dealing with direct clients, private individuals and developers. His involvement takes him from warranty enquiries through to issuing final certificates of insurance.

Grant is currently studying for the CII Certification and plans to continue with additional qualifications to further enhance his knowledge and understanding of the industry.

You can contact Grant on grant.sykes@build-zone.com or on 0845 230 9873

Grant Sykes, commented on his new role:

“The training provided has opened my eyes to a number of construction methods and techniques, along with building regulations, and as a result I cannot look at a building in the same way again!

“The role is varied and allows me to deal with sales, rating of premiums, quotes, claims, administration and customer service.”

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Structural warranty provider makes key appointment to strengthen insurance team

Insurance broker Sennocke International has appointed Ashleigh Poore to take charge of its intermediary business within its specialist latent defect unit, Build-Zone with immediate effect. He will be responsible for handling and expanding the current wholesale business portfolio, which continues to grow on the back of Build-Zone’s expansion into the latent defects market.


Poore is an internal promotion from sister operation Self-Build Zone where he was Team Leader, responsible for customer accounts, latent defect and construction underwriting. He was also heavily involved in the delivery of an important white labelled solution to a key partner in the self-build sector.

Director Simon Middleton who heads up the units said:

“I’m very pleased to welcome Ashleigh into the Build-Zone 10 Year Warranty team. He joins with a growing reputation and has an impressive track record of achieving results in his previous role. His proven underwriting skills and excellent broker relationships will further strengthen our Broker team as we continue to expand into the latent defect market”.

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