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Airtightness blamed for health risks in homes
Throughout the past year a slew of reports has been published that raise serious questions about the safety of new-build homes. Increasingly stringent building regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions are resulting in new houses that are ever more airtight. While this helps reduce fuel consumption, the burden is on architects to ensure that occupants of new homes can breathe clean and fresh air. Recent evidence suggests that the construction industry, designers included, is failing to meet this challenge. Read more
Paul Harrison, an independent toxicologist and member of a working group on air quality created by the Royal College of Physicians, describes serious health risks associated with poor ventilation systems. ‘Sick building syndrome describes a variety of symptoms including headaches, allergies, reduced productivity, a sore throat and dry skin,’ he says. ‘In addition, poor air quality can provoke asthma.’ Architects Journal
New affordable homes for Northumberland
Work is set to start on a multi-million pound affordable homes scheme for people in the greatest housing need in Stocksfield, Northumberland. The development of 16 affordable homes will be built by Two Castles Housing Association, working alongside Esh Property Services, as part of the Hadrian Solutions Partnership.Read more
Each new home will incorporate a number of energy-efficient features such as efficient boilers and insulation to help residents keep their energy bills affordable. Part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) with an investment of £360,000 and with support from Northumberland County Council, the scheme is now due to be completed by September 2016.