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Modular construction methods have come a long way since the post-war heyday of prefabrication, but perceptions still have some catching up to do, argues Neil Butters. Modern techniques offer a good fit for social landlords – and can make a real contribution to solving the housing crisis


Gwyn Roberts of BRE shares his thoughts on the critical importance of housing quality, and the UK’s leading role in sustainable and innovative construction


The new government’s vision for tacking homelessness must be bigger than piecemeal legislation, writes Ben Rochelle


What can we learn from the recent crop of regulatory downgrades? Phil Morgan takes a look


Trade association NAPIT has produced safety record documentation to help inspectors and customers improve electrical safety in the private rented sector, its chairman Frank Bertie explains how and why it matters


SME builders will be given a realistic shot at tendering for work through JV North’s new framework, but this isn’t the only changes the organisation has introduced as it makes the most of the lessons it’s learned, explains Nigel Wilson


Phil Morgan has a question, how serious is the social housing regulator about tenant involvement in mergers?


Clarion Housing Group got off to stumbling start after tripping over problems with the repairs service it inherited from Circle Group. The case highlights why consumer regulation still matters, writes Phil Morgan


Has the housing sector become too fixated on creating new ‘products’ to tackle the complex issues at the root of Britain’s housing crisis? If we’re to help ‘just about managing’ families, then maybe it’s time for a more radical solution, writes Elspeth Mackenzie


For the past five years the social housing regulator has been embraced by the Homes and Communities Agency, but a forthcoming review is likely to change that – Phil Morgan offers his take on the background to that change



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