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Ensuring quality in the rush to build new homes

Right now, there is an aggressive push to build new homes. This is no bad thing; targets are steep, and demand has to be met.

In 2016, 151,687 homes were registered with the NHBC – 70% up compared to levels seen at the 2008/9 housing crash, and the second highest figures ever. Clearly the UK’s impending exit from the EU has done little to dull the appetite of the construction industry to build the properties the country needs.

But if the trade is to do the job right, we do have to consider how the homes of today are going to stand up to longer-term challenges.

It has been concerning, then, to see some early reports of poor-quality new build linked to a rush to achieve annual targets, including householders struggling with faulty doors and windows, plumbing and electrical issues.

Of course, the vast majority of the industry does a good job. But beyond doing the basics right, it’s important to think about what added value can be achieved for those living in homes, long-term.

Householders are more discerning than ever, and they’re right to be. A home’s running costs, carbon emissions; these are not alien ideas any more. So it stands to reason that building large quantities of housing and delivering on energy efficiency cannot be mutually exclusive.

Flexibility and the right materials from the very start can yield impressive results, even with limited time on site. The products to do the job are tried, tested and certified to the highest standards.

Here at Superglass, we believe that partnership is the best way to quality alongside speed and efficiency on site. Knowledge sharing and guidance on the best products for job, plus how to get the best out of them, is at the heart of what we do.

It’s about future-proofing, but its also about reputation. Worst-case scenarios for poor quality work are the compensation claims and lurid headlines some firms have seen recently, but on the other side, delivering quality alongside quantity wins contracts.

Long-term costs are not simply something for those living in homes to think about. The costs of letting a chance to highlight a modern, smart construction industry slip away as homes go up in large numbers could be considerable.

While targets cannot be ignored, there is a responsibility to ensure a building boom is not just a numbers game