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Time for a major SHIFT in standards

“Putting it very simply, better homes perform better for all,” says Bevan Jones, manging director of Sustainable Homes, the research, accreditation and consultancy organisation behind SHIFT – the sustainability standard for the housing sector.

Sustainable Homes sees itself as a sustainability leader in the housing sector and Mr Jones sums up the organisation’s purpose as “every home encouraging more sustainable lives.”
The not for profit organisation seeks to influence policy, deliver learning to the sector and provide insight through its Awards, events and conferences. It supports the housing sector through research, accreditation and consultancy to make a difference both to how businesses are run and upon individual people’s lives.

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Has the window revolution arrived?

An American engineer and professor by the name of William Edwards Deming once said, “Innovation comes from the producer – not the customer.” When it comes to the window industry I couldn’t agree more.

After all, what is the incentive for the customer to seek an alternative to a tried, tested and familiar products – and in this context I mean UPVC and aluminium windows – when those products do exactly what is required of them: they let light in, enable those inside to see out and provide an adequate level of security.

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Outdoor living with indoor comfort

Eriboll Street is a new-build project for Loretto Housing Association in Glasgow, comprising three blocks of apartments, 26 of which feature a Windoor System 1000 Light enclosed balcony.
This new build development of three apartment blocks features Windoor System 1000 Light frameless glazing throughout. The full height clear toughened sliding folding opening glass gives complete flexibility to the 26 wintergardens, allowing residents to enjoy their balcony space all year round.

Feature fanlights above provide additional ventilation independently of the glazed panels below. For additional security, the balconies were completed with a PPC steel balustrade by Martec Engineering to provide a safe barrier to the front of the opening glass to 1100mm.

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Made in Yorkshire!

Visitors to the home of British manufacturer Pegler Yorkshire in Doncaster are taken off the M18 past a roundabout, flower-filled courtesy of the company’s sponsorship. And its commitment to the community doesn’t stop there - every year Pegler support Teen Tech, an event which encourages school children from around the town to discuss and experience science and engineering with local businesses.

Every stage in the manufacture of Pegler’s Terrier TRV is undertaken at these Doncaster premises, from the initial delivery of the solid brass bars (over 6,000 tonnes a year) to the finished products’ packaging for retailers and end-users.

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Heat pumps bring salvation to high energy bills

A programme to upgrade the heating of homes in Essex is helping the Salvation Army Housing Association bring affordable warmth to residents whilst also reducing the carbon footprint of its housing stock.

Salvation Army Housing Association (Saha) owns and manages over 3,500 homes across England and when a mixture of 35 flats and houses in Brewers Yard, Southminster, in the Maldon district of Essex required an upgrade,  TSG Building Services were appointed as a result of a competitive tender to install new Air Source Heat Pumps heating systems

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General election, fuel poverty and housing

Nothing stirs more polarising debate than a General Election. As family conversations get heated over dinner, Housing Association Magazine takes an objective look at what the election means for housing and healthy living.

I’ve decided to focus only on the two main parties for the sake of brevity but of course the Lib Dems, Greens, SNP, Plaid Cymru, UKIP, the Northern Ireland parties and others all have their views on this important issues.

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Axim Architectural Hardware  are celebrating  their 30 year anniversary in 2017 and are delighted to have reached this milestone. 

Axim Architectural Hardware is a division of TPG (The Parkside Group Ltd)  and was formed originally in1987 at Godstone, Surrey.  Axim designs and supplies a comprehensive in-stock range of Transom Closers, Panic Exit Devices, Electric Strikes, Deadlatches, Surface Mounted Door Closers, Floor Springs, Flush Bolts, Letter Plates, Locks and Handles through a Pan-European distributor supply chain.

Axim: The UKs No 1 supplier of Concealed Overhead Transom Closers for 30 years
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