Build a house in 4 hours plus download latest CAD & BIM app for specifiers

  • 17 Dec 2013

Howard Chapman, Buildingtalk Editor, writes…

House building news this week: latest ONS statistics show that new residential construction orders are up 41.6% and are now nearly 20% of all construction output. Planning permissions for new homes are up 33%, the highest since 2007.  

With London’s population growing faster than anytime in history, Boris Johnson has published an interesting Housing Vision for London.

Meanwhile, just behind the curve again, Ed Milliband is promising to boost house building to 200k houses a year by 2020. If that is not enough, check out the video on the IKEA style flat-pack assembly house that can be constructed in 4 hours for just £10k.

And finally, with UK unemployment rate at lowest since 2009, over 30m in work, maybe it’s time to get a better job for 2014? Buildingtalk’s JOBsearch offers you a free opportunity to search through thousands of current construction and other built environment job vacancies.


Is simplicity the key to wider take-up and success of BIM? 

Anti-slip flooring a necessity in hospitals under new legislation

Cavity drain membrane installed to combat damp problems

Wireless security range launched for integrated access control system

Fully integrated door and window system launched from Eurocell

Steel Lintel manufacturing company wins four awards

Anti-slip mat Frontrunner SB supplied for Greek project

Fibre cement slates with natural appearance offer easy installation

Marine Plywood is under Q-Mark scheme to enable high quality material

Heating and ventilation solutions company win at 2013 STEPS awards


Members highlight why joining the GGF helps grow new business



GIFA floor laid for charity community centre on BBC programme DIY SOS

Thermally efficient barrelled roof fitted at garden centre ruined by fire

Jaga AVS Unit Heater launched for energy efficient heating solution

Kalwall translucent panels fitted for improved thermal performance

Noise at Work courses launched by Casella to prevent hearing loss

Laser cutting machine will create new jobs at steel company

Cable cleats and straps supplied at Chinese nuclear power plant

Glazing systems fitted at Leicester building for £3m refurbishment project

Green build agenda education earns Jewson praise at Marketing Awards



Build a house in just 4 hours with £10,500 IKEA style flat pack assembly home – see video

BDA generic brick, oldest building material, first product verified under new EPD scheme

Video tour of the new Ecosmart house in Montana which showcases various REHAU energy efficient technologies

Ed Milliband details plans to boost house building – 200k homes a year by 2020

BaleHaus building with straw has negative carbon footprint 90% energy saving – see video

New residential construction orders up 41.6%, now nearly 20% of all construction output – latest ONS stats

PM David Cameron to get solar farm in his backyard

Is simplicity the key to the wider take-up and success of BIM?  

London record population grown in last 10 years – up to 10m in by 2030. Interesting Mayor of London housing vision

Planning permissions for new homes in England up 33% in Q3 – highest since 2007

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