February 2020

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February 2020

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The Year Ahead

The year 2020 has begun with a sense of clarity. But what are the industry's hopes and predictions for the next 12 months? Suzie Mayes finds out

The Interview - Marcus Hawley, Blackswan Properties

Marcus Hawley established Blackswan Properties in response to the "old boys' club of real estate". He talks to Suzie Mayes about changing the face of rental, restoring old properties and becoming a bigger player in Birmingham

Pride in sites

The UK's' best site managers were recently celebrated at NHBC's Pride in the Job 2019 Supreme Awards in London. Housebuilder reports on the winners and why they have joined the elite

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The Interview - James Williams, Sero

James Williams is co-founder and md of Sero, a Cardiff-based zero carbon housebuilder and sustainable energy service company. He talks to Suzie Mayes about the company's growth plans, "true zero" and the challenges of expressing the value of low carbon abodes

Neutralising the nitrate problem

Natural England's decision last year that schemes should be nitrate neutral is creating obstacles for housebuilders. Steve Menary reports on the possible reasons behind nitrate problems and what can be done.

New Standards

NHBC has launched its technical Standards for 2021. Head of standards Richard Smith outlines the changes that come into effect at the start of the new year

Changes and challenges at HMI 2020

The annual Housing Market Intelligence conference and report turned digital this year. Delegates logged in to hear speakers discuss the changing landscape from Covid-19, the surprisingly robust housing market and other challenges the industry faces as it looks ahead.