November 2019

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Housebuilder Awards 2019

The industry spent a glittering night celebrating the winners of The Housebuilder Awards 2019 last month. Housebuilder reports

The Interview - Richard Pearce & Tom Carr - Verto Homes

Richard Pearce and Tom Carr are co-founders of Verto Homes, a Cornwall-based SME delivering zero carbon smart homes. They talk to Suzie Mayes about the challenges and rewards of building zero carbon housing and their quest to be the UK's largest sustainable housebuilder

New year standards

NHBC's standards and technical manager Paul Cribbens highlights the main changes for housebuilders being introduced in the NHBC Standards 2020

Healthy homes

As the environment climbs back up the national agenda, Sarah White, systems lead - external and separating at British Gypsum, urges developers to prioritise sustainability for a zero carbon future

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Beauty contest

The government has launched a new draft National Model Design Code with proposals to include the word "beauty" in planning rules. Mark Smulian reports on how this might affect the industry

The beauty quandary

Ministers want "beauty" embedded in planning - but what does that mean? David Birkbeck of Design for Homes gives his verdict on recent schemes that have won awards for their design

A view on design

Park View, Woodstock, has been referenced as a good example of beautiful design. Suzie Mayes talks to its creators, Graham Flint, md of Pye Homes Blenheim and Dominic Hare, ceo of Blenheim Estate

The Interview - Andy Hill, Hill

After a productive 2020, Andy Hill, ceo of Hill, talks to Suzie Mayes about his recent highlights and challenges, and how the pandemic has helped his business make improvements