April 2023

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The burden of regulation

The government's upcoming environmental regulations and current mitigations are in the name of ecology but have cost and supply implications for housebuilders. Suzie Mayes talks to the industry.

The Interview - Peter Blades, Deanfield Homes

Peter Blades founded Deanfield Homes after years of working for larger housebuilders. He talks to Suzie Mayes about putting an SME spin on what he has learned, standard house types and keeping promises.

Building for Tomorrow's world

NHBC's Building for Tomorrow conference series in March gave vital information on Building Regulations, customer service and other issues. Housebuilder finds out more.

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Finally BNG

After two delays, mandatory BNG comes into effect for most new sites on February 12. Suzie Mayes reports on what the 10% uplift involves and the challenges and opportunities for housebuilders

The Future is now

The delayed Future Homes Standard consultation launched in December. Suzie Mayes considers its main aspects and gathers the industry’s views, also on the issues around delivering zero carbon ready homes

The Interview – Ben Leather, Spitfire Homes

Since becoming md of Spitfire Homes in 2019, Ben Leather has directed the once purely bespoke firm’s expansion into the wider market. He talks to Suzie Mayes about a more standardised approach, keeping the SME’s identity and the troubled planning system

Celebrating the best in site management

NHBC recently honoured the Supreme Award winners and runners up of its prestigious Pride in the Job competition. Housebuilder reveals those site managers who triumphed and underlines the importance of the contest in creating quality homes