DECEMBER 2020/JANUARY 2021

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December COVER 2020

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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.

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The Interview - Scott Black, Places for People

Scott Black joined Places for People as group executive director – development in spring 2020. He talks to Suzie Mayes about his work over the past year-and-a-half to help position the business for growth and its blueprint for thriving, new communities

Industry innovation for net zero

Following COP26 in November, Chris Windle looks at how the industry is innovating to make a difference on streets and in developments

Housebuilder Awards 2021

The industry reunited to celebrate the return of the live Housebuilder Awards last month, honouring the best of the best. Housebuilder reports

New year, new Standards

NHBC’s Standards 2022 come into effect in January. Housebuilder outlines the key updates and what additions are likely for the future in response to the environmental agenda and other issues