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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MPs call for end to dominance of large housebuilders

An investigation by a House of Commons select committee into the housebuilding sector has called for the dominance of the large housebuilders to end to fix the UK’s broken housing market.

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The Communities and Local Government committee said it had found that the eight largest firms were building over half of all new homes in the country making the industry over reliant on an “alarmingly small number of commercial actors”.

The report added that while no evidence of land banking by the housebuilders had been found there was little incentive for them to build any quicker. In addition, the committee said that land was in such high demand in some areas that developers were paying over the odds which in turn meant they were having to increase the density of homes on schemes and reduce levels of affordable housing to recover their investment.

Developers were also building more slowly so as not to saturate the market and lower house prices, the report said, and recommended the case be examined for public intervention.

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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.”

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Simon Middleton Interview importance of Structural Warranties for SelfBuilders

Simon Middleton was recently interviewed for SelfBuild.TV about the importance of Structural Warranties for SelfBuilders.

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Join the self build revolution

Raymond Connor of BuildStore Financial Services explains how the self build housing market, with new-found political support, is poised to become mainstream, and why lenders need to act now to benefit from high quality, low-risk lending in this sector.


Source: Mortgage Finance Gazette – 6th January 2011


Structural Warranty Insurance

Against the backdrop of a credit crunch, a recession, and a new government, the mortgage and housing markets have changed for good. With their weaknesses exposed, it is now time to consider the potential for new models of housing procurement, and the funding thereof.  The so-called ‘good times’ of the late 1990s to mid-2000s will never come back. And yet, they are still being used as a gauge for current progress, creating an unrealistic picture of the market going forward.

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