Housing

Brick-clad timber buildings using Donaldson's timber frame system
A timber-framed future for UK housing: Donaldson Timber Systems
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Why have Donaldson Timber Systems just invested £10m in their offsite timber-frame factory? Because they anticipate a big future for timber-frame housing in the UK. They’ve boosted their capacity and technical capabilities because – like many of the UK's major housebuilders – they see timber frame as increasingly central to...
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Goldsmith Street
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Goldsmith Street is an exemplary timber frame scheme of 93 highly sustainable homes, all socially rented, in the heart of Norwich. Designed by Mikhail Riches, the development provides a combination of family-sized houses and flats for Norwich City Council, all built to the rigorous Passivhaus standards.
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Timber imports saw steady growth heading into Q3
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July was the second consecutive month that timber imports were higher than in 2022, according to the latest TDUK statistics. Import volumes across all timber categories were 5% higher in July 2023 compared to the same period last year. This follows initial growth in June, where total volumes were up...
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YIMBY v NIMBY – Battle for the future of UK housing
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Our Policy Executive, Jack Clappen, looks at the key takeaways from the 2023 party conference season and what it means for the timber industry.  Housing is set to be a key battleground in the 2024 election, with renters, home-owners, and new buyers all struggling amidst a cost-of-living crisis. Rents are...
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What does the government’s latest housing policy mean for the timber industry?
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This week, the UK Government announced its latest effort to tackle the housing crisis. With housing a key driver of timber demand in the UK, we delve into what this latest announcement means for our industry. The government has pledged to build one million homes over this Parliament session by...
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economic forecast
CPA delves into Spring Economic Forecast
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In a recent webinar, economics expert Professor Noble Francis went behind the headline statistics to discuss the latest CPA Spring Economic Forecast in more detail. Here, we reveal what he believes lies ahead for the construction supply chain. Construction output is set to contract by 6.4% during 2023, according to...
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Top level and roof of timber house, under construction, with scaffolding. Light brown wood against green hills and pale blue sky.
What does the Future Homes Hub mean for the construction sector?
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The new plan from Future Homes Hub sets out the construction sector's path to whole-life carbon assessments The Future Homes Hub has published an Embodied and Whole Life Carbon Implementation Plan for 2023-25. This plan follows the publication of the Government’s Net-Zero Strategy in 2021, which set out ambitions for...
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Construction barriers
Another one bites the dust – Rachel Maclean MP becomes latest Housing Minister
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Timber Development UK was disappointed to hear that we lost another Minister of State for Housing last week. Rachel Maclean MP has replaced Lucy Frazer MP, who lasted just 91 days in the job before her promotion to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The UK Housing Minister has...
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Embodied Carbon
Net Zero Review marks positive start to 2023
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A net zero economy is the ‘growth opportunity of the 21st Century’ according to a new report from a UK Government sponsored report. Former Energy Minister Chris Skidmore MP published his Net Zero Review last Friday, putting forward a set of 129 recommendations to accelerate this shift. Key among these recommendations is...
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