Roofing: What Can Go Wrong?

Andy Butchers shares his insider knowledge to help you troubleshoot this key element of your building project.

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It may be stating the obvious, but every house needs a robust roof to close up the structure and protect it from the elements. Given it will be acting as a first line of defence, it’s perhaps not surprising that roofing issues are by far the biggest area of insurance and warranty claims. And what’s the most common problem? You guessed it: water ingress.

What’s frustrating for self builders and renovators who encounter this kind of scenario is that, with a little more thought from their designers and contractors, most of these problems can be completely eliminated. Here’s what to watch out for on your project.

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What is a building warranty, why do you need one and where do you get it?

The Build-Zone 10 Year Structural Warranty is a re-branded version of the Self-Build Zone Warranty and provides a much better alternative to Architect’s Certification and is like NHBC and other Structural Warranty products.  It is specifically designed for New Build, Conversions, Extensions and Completed Properties and is backed by insurers, including Lloyd’s of London.

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The Build-Zone Warranty has been specifically designed with you in mind as we know the problems you can face and the speed with which you want to get moving and resolve problems.

For a typical project, there are two options available: 1. ‘With Building Control’ or 2. ‘Without Building Control’.

With Building Control

Many people are unaware that you do not need to use your Local Authority Building Control Body to obtain Building Regulation approval or carry out Building Control inspections.  We can arrange this for you through an independent network of ‘partnered’ Approved Inspectors.

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Competition watchdog to examine warranties for new homes

CMA’s review of NHBC comes amid concerns over lack of protection for homebuyers.

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The Competition and Markets Authority is examining payments between housebuilders and the providers of warranties for new homes as part of a review of NHBC, the largest warranty provider.

The CMA announced last month it was reviewing undertakings made by NHBC, the standard-setting body for new-build properties in the UK and the main warranty provider. These 22-year-old undertakings were designed to improve competition in the warranty market.

The review was announced amid concerns that NHBC is compromising its independence by paying millions of pounds to developers every year. However, the CMA said it was launching the review following a request from NHBC and that it would not consider the “wider issues” relating to the organisation.

Nonetheless, the CMA has sent a substantial list of questions about warranties to leading figures in the sector as part of its review. The questions, which have been seen by the Guardian, include asking warranty providers whether they have loyalty or low-claim schemes that compensate builders with a low claim rate and how these payments are calculated.

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Carillion Igloo Genesis wins contact to build London’s first “floating village”

The Carillion Igloo Genesis consortium has been selected to design and build Britain’s first floating village at London’s Royal Docks.

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 As part of his on-going drive to transform the Royal Docks, the plan for the village was announced by Mayor of London Borris Johnson in February last year.

Carillion Igloo Genesis has now been chosen to transform the 15 acres of water at the Royal Victoria Dock site, sitting directly to the east of the Emirates Airline. The project will create a community with floating homes, restaurants, cafes and bars.

Carillion Igloo Genesis’ submission is 100% floating with the walkways, residential and non-residential units anchored in place using a series of piles located within the dock and connected to the dock by bridges.

Although a new concept for the UK, floating developments are already a popular idea in other places, including schemes at ljburg near Amsterdam and Hafen City in Hamburg.

Included in the winning consortium’s scheme is a custom-build approach for each of the 50 residential homes, enabling prospective occupiers to join in on the design process of their homes. Facilities will include a market square, a multi-purpose events space and cafes, shops and leisure and office space. Other proposals included as part of the bid include plans for additional facilities, such as a floating Lido and an ice rink.

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Industry Conference – Exploring the latest issues in the property development market, from finance to construction

The conference, billed as the first of its kind to bring together developers, lenders and representatives from the construction industry to explore the latest issues, legislation, products and funding availability.  Organised by BuildStore Financial Services, the self build, renovation and conversion mortgage specialists, the conference was held at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon on May 29th.

The housing market is now a major priority for the Government and the publication of its Housing Strategy last year presents a unique opportunity for developers to take advantage of the release of public sector land, the push to bring empty properties into use, and the New Homes Bonus Scheme for councils.

The Government is keen to see regional developers play a bigger role in providing new homes, and with commercial lending making a strong comeback through BuildStore, there are real opportunities for developers to profit in the current market.

Build-Zone Director Simon Middleton gave this presentation on The Business of Property Development – The new Home Warranty


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