October 2016

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Britain’s Biggest Housebuilders

The 2016 Housing Market Intelligence Report will be launched at the Housing Market Intelligence conference on October 6 and will include the Top 75 housebuilder listing. HMI report editor Brian Green offers a taste of what is in the report and reveals this year’s Top 25 housebuilders

Confirmation bias

Stephen Byfield of PPS looks at the phenomenon of “confirmation bias” in which we favour facts that support our beliefs, ignoring the rest. This approach, he argues, is harming our business decisions

The Housebuilder Interview – John Anderson

John Anderson, executive director of Kier Living, talks to Suzie Mayes about his business two years after the housing division was formed, the importance of connectivity and how housebuilders should become “more disruptive”

A mutual understanding

There is a gap in understanding between planners and developers which is slowing down development and stalling decisions. Mark Smulian reports on ideas to help each understand the other better

What a waste

Mark Armstrong, national contracts manager for Electrolux brands UK & IE, explains how, with the right appliances, families and individuals can reduce food wastage

Refresh service

NHBC’s dedicated team of consultants has been busy re-shaping its range of Consultancy and Testing Services to help the industry navigate the ever changing world of Building Regulations. Product manager Mark Gouldstone gives the lowdown on what is on offer to help builders of all sizes across the UK

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Coming back to old challenges

Coronavirus has disrupted everything that came before. But with some level of normality slowly returning, Suzie Mayes gets back to some ongoing issues

Fantastic 40

NHBC is marking 40 years of its Pride in the Job Awards, honouring the vital work of site managers in ensuring quality homes. Housebuilder looks back at the history of the competition and how NHBC is celebrating the milestone during a challenging year

The Interview - Amanda Williams, Aster Group

Amanda Williams is the upbeat group development director of housing association Aster Group. She speaks to Suzie Mayes about why the pandemic means plenty of opportunities for the company, the crucial role of shared ownership and Aster's resilience

Time for an update

A virtual Home Builders Visitor Card is now available for non-construction employees who visit sites. Housebuilder reports