Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (“the Homes Act”) applies to dwellings let wholly or mainly for human habitation (in both the social and private rented sectors)


Connecting energy efficiency and social sustainability – innovative approaches to housing and retrofitting in Freiburg, Germany

Since the 1990s, as one of the world’s leading examples of sustainable urban development, the German city of Freiburg has received numerous awards. It is home to new city districts like Vauban and Rieselfeld, both renowned for hosting a high quality of life.


Emerging Trends in Construction

In January 2020 I presented at the National Housing Maintenance Forum Conference on the theme of Emerging Trends in Construction. I wanted to focus on the undercurrents that I think will significantly affect social housing organisations as construction clients over the next few years.


Getting the right fit

In March 2018 the Contractor Forum met for the first time since the new committee was established. With 36 members, many new, the room represented contractors from all walks of social housing maintenance life.


Summerland to Grenfell - 44 years of un-learning

The death toll of the Grenfell Tower fire makes it one of the worst peacetime building fires of the last hundred years, not only in the United Kingdom but in the whole of Western Europe. Of these, it is the only one that was in a residential building.


The skills shortage – training the next generation

The NHMF’s mission is to be the centre of excellence for improving property performance and its best practice website is a free resource to help social landlords be efficient, effective and economic in complying with their health and safety requirements.


The world of tomorrow…today - how emerging technology could revolutionise our sector

One of the key themes that was discussed at this year’s annual conference was how new technology and innovation are driving service improvements


BS 7671: The 18th Edition is crucial for maintenance and asset managers

With our increasingly complex dependence on electronic devices, automation and IT, in both domestic and commercial environments, the possible consequences of overvoltage damage to vulnerable equipment and components – including the risk of electric shock or fire – can be significant, costly and hazardous.


Making the most of active asset management

The role of active asset management in a modern housing provider is well-established. Most landlords now have a good understanding of the performance of their homes and make informed property decisions accordingly.


The National Housing Academy – a competency driven approach to technical skills

Today the housing sector faces many challenges, one of vital importance to the progression of the sector is that of skills.


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