The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has set up a new service – the first of its kind in the UK – to help self builders find appropriate contractors in their area.
A new scheme has been established that will allow approved contractors to report any high-risk plumbing they discover, helping to improve standards in housebuilding.
Housebuilders and developers may find in future that they need to build more parking spaces alongside new homes, after a call by local government secretary Eric Pickles to tighten parking standards.
With the General Election less than a year away, Labour has announced plans to build 200,000 homes a year by 2020 as it seeks to secure support from the housebuilding and building products sectors.
Job creation within the construction industry has formed the subject of industry discussion as the latest survey of buyers has shown that open vacancies are growing at their fastest rate since the Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI began in 1997.