October 2016

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Britain’s Biggest Housebuilders

The 2016 Housing Market Intelligence Report will be launched at the Housing Market Intelligence conference on October 6 and will include the Top 75 housebuilder listing. HMI report editor Brian Green offers a taste of what is in the report and reveals this year’s Top 25 housebuilders

Confirmation bias

Stephen Byfield of PPS looks at the phenomenon of “confirmation bias” in which we favour facts that support our beliefs, ignoring the rest. This approach, he argues, is harming our business decisions

The Housebuilder Interview – John Anderson

John Anderson, executive director of Kier Living, talks to Suzie Mayes about his business two years after the housing division was formed, the importance of connectivity and how housebuilders should become “more disruptive”

A mutual understanding

There is a gap in understanding between planners and developers which is slowing down development and stalling decisions. Mark Smulian reports on ideas to help each understand the other better

What a waste

Mark Armstrong, national contracts manager for Electrolux brands UK & IE, explains how, with the right appliances, families and individuals can reduce food wastage

Refresh service

NHBC’s dedicated team of consultants has been busy re-shaping its range of Consultancy and Testing Services to help the industry navigate the ever changing world of Building Regulations. Product manager Mark Gouldstone gives the lowdown on what is on offer to help builders of all sizes across the UK

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MMC moves

With the government continuing to push greater adoption of modern methods of construction and increased investment, is its use about to become more widespread? Suzie Mayes looks at the players, challenges and opportunities

The Interview – Fred Story and Colin Wood, Story Homes

Fred Story founded his business in 1987. He and chief operating officer Colin Wood talk to Suzie Mayes about Story Homes’ unwavering commitment to quality, growth ambitions and the next challenge - sustainable housebuilding

Next steps in innovative construction

NHBC Accepts, the service which fast tracks MMC systems for warranty, launched almost a year ago. Housebuilder talks to Richard Lankshear, NHBC’s innovation manager, about what is next and offsite trends