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  • On 28 June, the Building Safety Act 2022 came into force. The RICS recently shared with its members a letter from Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, sent to Andrew Bulmer (Chief Executive Officer of The Property Institute), and Melanie Leech (Chief Executive of British Property Foundation),...

  • Rockwool has published a useful guide to the changes in Approved Document L 2021. The guide includes:A breakdown of the what’s been updated and whyChanges-at-glance for Volume 1: dwellings and Volume 2: buildings other than dwellingsU-value tables with a side-by-side comparison versus the 2013 editionSubstrate construction options using ROCKWOOL solutions To download...

  • 'A fairer private rented sector' policy paper was published yesterday (16 June 2022). There are an estimated 4.4 million houses in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), housing over 11 million people; the paper lists a 12-point plan of action of 'robust and comprehensive changes' to create a PRS that meets the needs of the...

  • The government has published a guide to best practice on solid floor insulation. The guide aims to provide a clear reference for designers, surveyors and installers considering the suitability of solid floors to receive internal thermal upgrades to:

  • Neighbours in Kensal Green, London are in the midst of a legal battle over the encroachment of Japanese knotweed onto their land. Christopher Clarke and Louise Kay, the claimants, were aware of a knotweed issue when they moved into their new home and bought in professionals to eradicate the problem...