Cookie Policy

About our cookies - supporting your informed choice

Please note: this is our initial policy and we would ask that you consider this as our 1st stage of achieving privacy compliance for all visitors to our site. There is a degree of confusion around what is currently considered consent for cookies - and this is likely to remain the case for a little while yet - so here at Housebuilder Media Ltd we are not just addressing the legal compliance aspects, we also believe in open and transparent business operations.

Apart from the additional information provided by this update, the operation of the website has not changed or being modified. The detail contained within this page is provided to ensure your are fully aware of the 'cookies' we have in use, allowing you to make an informed choice about your continue acceptance of them.

Currently across we make use of cookies to help manage the site and your visitor experience. These cookies may be used to collect analytics of non-personal visitor activity outlines, manage user logins and personal preferences.

Cookies set across our site, set by our 3rd party partners or us, can be in the form of session or persistent cookies, and may use different technologies, such as JavaScript or Flash. If you would like to 'opt out' of the cookies set by our site, this can be accomplished on a cookie-by-cookie basis subject to browser settings. You may limit site operation or functions if you limit the cookies.

Independently audit: The cookies we use

We use the services of Cookie Reports Limited to audit our site for cookies. They searched our site on the 18 May 2012 and found the following cookies. Please find below what they are and what they are used for within the website.

Company Cookie(s) Expiration Info
Google __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmx, __utmz From browser shut-down to 2 years In order to provide information to us about how our website is used, we implement Google Analytics web tracking. Google place several cookies on our site to facilitate this service. By doing this, data about out website, including your IP address is transmitted to Google's servers for analysis. This information is never shared with anyone else and is never used to identify individual users.
Recaptcha PREF, NID, HSID, APISID, SID Browser shut-down So that our servers are not abused by 'spam-bots' (computers which scour the internet for forms and automatically populate the fields with spam data), we employ a service called "ReCaptcha" This creates image-based words which our users are asked to input on our registration pages. The cookies created are used only for the duration of the browser-session to facilitate this protection service, and is never used to identify individual users.
Twitter guest_id, k, twll, twitter_sess, auth_token_session, secure_session Browser shut-down On our home-page we display a Twitter feed from the Home Builders Federation. This service is provided directly by Twitter and they use a range of Cookies for their own purposes. Some of these Cookies only appear if you are currently logged-in to the Twitter service (usually in the same browser session) and others are used if you are not. Twitter use this information for their own tracking purposes or for Twitter-based activities including (but not limited to) "tweeting" and "retweeting".
House Builder PHPSESSID, hbCartCookie, member_id Browser shut-down to 90 days The website at uses several cookie to facilitate 1) a shopping cart/e-commerce system and 2) member's log-in, account info and associated functionality. The data stored in these cookies are limited to the domain at and are never shared with a third party.
WorldPay JSESSIONID, machine Browser shut-down If you choose to purchase any products from the website, you will be redirected to our payment processor, WorldPay™. To keep payments secure and for their own purposes, their servers make use of some session-based cookies. These cookies will appear on the WorldPay™ site during payment and not on the website.


Shopping cart / transactional areas

There are some areas of our site that make use of shopping carts or forms technology which at times have to make use of cookies. From time to time we may add functionally to our site e.g. surveys, comparisons etc., and these often come from 3rd parties - we will endeavour to ensure full disclosure of any cookies are made.

Areas of the site requiring a login

Accepting the use of login functionality, without exception, you must explicitly agree to the setting of specific cookies, which allow this area to function.

How can you delete cookies?

You may block these cookies using your web browser. To do so please visit for more information and instructions on how to manage cookies. Blocking of cookies may affect some of the functionality of this site.