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Reducing crime on housing developments - police article

Birmingham City Council has become the first local authority to join a scheme run by Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, to build-in crime prevention techniques into all its new social housing developments to help keep residents safe.

SBD’s UK-wide National Building Approval (NBA) scheme provides organisations and private building companies with an easy and cheap route to ensure their standard house and apartment building types achieve the security requirements contained in the building regulations.

SBD does this by taking on the tasks of checking those property types, and the companies in the supply chain, to ensure that products, such as windows and doors, meet SBD standards and are security compliant, thereby removing a significant administrative burden.

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Isover Acoustics Article

A national trade association has called for a more consistent approach to acoustics to protect society from the impact of excess noise, while Isover has created an acoustic CPD module for builders and specifiers.

The move comes as a new White Paper, ‘Building Our Future; Laying The Foundations For Healthy Homes and Buildings,’ reveals that almost 40 per cent of the UK population is subjected to noise pollution, with a knock-on effect on public health.

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Grenfell

The government is banning combustible materials on new high-rise homes and giving support to local authorities to carry out emergency work to remove and replace unsafe aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding.

Regulations were laid in Parliament last week which will give legal effect to the combustible materials ban announced in the summer. The ban means combustible materials will not be permitted on the external walls of new buildings over 18 metres containing flats, as well as new hospitals, residential care premises, dormitories in boarding schools and student accommodation over 18 metres.

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West End Moldy Living Room

Research carried out across more than 300 local authorities in England and Wales has revealed a 12% tenant complaint rate relating to mould, damp and condensation.

The dangers of damp

If you have damp and mould in your home you're more likely to have respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies or asthma. Damp and mould can also affect the immune system.

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A2 Dominion Ealing Article

A group of housing associations responsible for almost 600,000 homes has pledged to form a “united front” with London’s councils to build more affordable homes and launch a new assault on the housing crisis.

Announcing a series of pledges to the capital’s 32 local authorities, the G15 group has renewed its commitment to work with councils to deliver more homes at social rent levels, tackle homelessness, and weather the challenges presented by Brexit.

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Voluntary Right to Buy: the shot in the arm social housing needed?

Louise Drew, head of real estate at law firm Shakespeare Martineau, gives her insight into Voluntary Right to Buy…

The Voluntary Right to Buy (VRtB) pilot has now launched across the Midlands, giving social housing tenants the opportunity to purchase their homes at a discounted price, while enabling registered providers (RPs) to renew their stock. The scheme is widely seen as a positive step, providing welcome rejuvenation for the social housing sector, which has been suffering from a dramatic lack of supply. However, there will likely be a learning curve for RPs, so how should they prepare themselves in order to make the most out of the scheme?

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