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Security impacts all areas of our life in the modern world

It is National Home Security Month and Will Chan Business Development Manager for Mila Window and Door Maintenance looks at the wider issue of security in the modern age. If you had said the word ‘security’ to someone 10 years ago it would probably have lead them to think about...

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Security impacts all areas of our life in the modern world

It is National Home Security Month and Will Chan Business Development Manager for Mila Window and Door Maintenance looks at the wider issue of security in the modern age. If you had said the word ‘security’ to someone...

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The timing of Fire Door Safety Week this year could not be better

I don’t particularly need to refer back to the tragic events of earlier this year as the start point for talking about fire door safety, and fire safety in general. As the owner of a flat in a...

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Tendering Exercises – the race to the bottom continues

Not for the first time recently I was reminded of the famous saying by legendary Astronaut John Glenn who, early into the space programme in the 1960s said, “As I hurtled through space I felt exactly how you...

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CIH Manchester 2017 – Thoughts from day one

The CIH Conference in Manchester started Tuesday and as the biggest event for our clients in the Social Housing sector I always enjoy attending to network with our valued customers, both Housing Associations and contractors and to get...

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Looking Ahead to CIH Conference Manchester

Europe’s largest Housing event takes place on the 27th June and I am looking forward to attending with Will Chan, Business Development Manager for South of England.  The event is a great opportunity to meet with other stakeholders...

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New standards of excellence on CIPS Sustainability Index.

Mila Window and Door Maintenance has achieved new standards of excellence for the third year running on the CIPS Sustainability Index. As a business which specialises in providing solutions to make social housing assets more sustainable over the...

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Will the new Homes and Communities Agency drive for greater efficiency in maintenance support the role of specialist contractors over MSO’s?

With the Homes and Communities Agency’s new sector scorecard approach about to be trialled favouring planned maintenance against reactive on a 70/30 split as a benchmark indicator of efficiency, and the results of an Incommunities survey showing a...

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Landlords may need to consider upgrading single glazed windows to continue renting out their properties.

NEW Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards From the 1st April 2018, new regulations will come into force that will require any properties rented out in the private rented sector to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on...

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10 years later – on the journey to becoming a professional footballer

I have spoken before about how the real benefit of social value initiatives will only be seen in the longer term. When I made this comment back in 2016 little did I know that my words were about...

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INNOVATION IN SOCIAL HOUSING STARTED 100 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

I was told last week that the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) was about to mark 100 years of its existence at the end of this week. I found this incredible, so like most people took to the...

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How To Extend The Life Of Windows & Doors By Up To 25-30 Years

Social Landlords typically plan for a 25 to 30 year serviceable life (life-cycle) for the windows and doors in their housing units. This, on paper at least, enables Housing Associations and Councils to plan their maintenance budgets and...

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What Makes A Good Window & Door Stock Condition Survey?

A Stock Condition Survey values your housing stock in terms of the condition of the individual assets that comprise it. Most Housing Associations now assess asset value based on individual items, rather than assigning a single value per...

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Why Upgrade From 1st Generation To 2nd Generation UPVC Windows?

Second generation uPVC windows offer some significant advantages compared with their first generation predecessors. Widely recognised benefits include improved security, reduced heat loss and better fuel economy, as well as increased durability. However, many social landlords are deterred...

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Team GB – the perfect live case study of the benefits of planning and teamwork

I am proud to be a sports fan and I am an avid supporter of all our teams when they compete on the international stage. I know I am just one of many millions of people who took...

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A contractors view on Public Sector Procurement after Brexit

Regardless of whether you voted to ‘remain’ in or to ‘leave’ the EU I think by general consensus the result was a shock to all.  There are so many questions which over the coming months and years need...

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Brexit is another challenge – but just that. It’s not like we haven’t faced challenges before and often!

Working in a sector which seemingly has a new challenge thrown at it every other month, I cannot help but see Brexit as just the latest one we need to cope with.  It is not like we haven’t...

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The ‘real value’ from Social Value projects will only be seen in future generations

I was round when ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ first became a common term for those of us in business servicing the social housing sector.  It was about ‘putting something back’ into the communities we were working in and at...

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“Innovation” – The hottest word in business

I recently visited the bi-annual trade show for those involved in the Fenestration industry – to renew contact with key members of our supply chain whose performance is so critical to us achieving the delivery results we do...

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Tenant participation in the management of housing estates more important than ever

I recently had the pleasure of presenting an award at the TPAS* Southern Awards lunch to celebrate the work of individual tenants and tenant groups in terms of the contribution they make to managing the estates on which...

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MSO’s or Specialist Contractors?

There has been a lot of talk recently about the relative merits of using Multi Skilled Operatives (MSO’s) or specialist contractors; I thought I would add my opinion to the debate. Of course in the interests of fairness...

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Rent Decrease And Maintaining Services For Housing Associations

There is a lot of on-going conjecture as to what impact the rent reduction for Housing Associations is going to have on their ability to maintain services. Recent high profile articles in a national newspaper expressed the concerns...

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