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INFORMATIVE ARTICLES FROM BUILDING PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS AND INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS 

 

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The road to zero carbon

The road to zero carbon

Martin Fahey explores the road to net zero carbon So last week, the government announced a plan to get the country to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 making the ...
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Bathroom Design by VitrA

Bathroom Design Essentials for Summer 2019

Margaret Talbot, marketing manager for VitrA bathrooms in the UK looks at top bathroom design ideas for Summer 19. The bathroom continues to evolve from a purely functional space to ...
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replacement window industry

Safety in the replacement window industry

When installing or replacing windows, work at height can rarely be avoided, but following some very simple principles of how to work safely can reduce the likelihood of accidents, which ...
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remote access

The security of remote access

If you've ever been locked out of your house or car, you are familiar with that feeling of frustration — always at the most inconvenient of times. It's even worse ...
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London Skyline

The only way is up

Sam Cannon looks at plans to take the London skyline higher Anyone who’s walked through London in the past year will notice cranes still continue to be a prominent feature ...
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Quartzite

Why the UK faces a perfect storm on motorway bridge safety

Concrete has been the mainstay of highway bridge construction for decades and has a wealth of benefits. It's durable, versatile, and consistently meets the demands expected of it. Not to ...
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health benefit of plants

Plant Power: 10 plants to improve health and wellbeing in the office

While the health benefits of plant-based diets are well documented, new research uncovers the lesser-known uses of the nature around us. The UK's leading online florist, SerenataFlowers.com, has identified 10 ...
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UKGBC consults on scope 3 emissions reporting guidance for commercial real estate

Construction and property business leaders dominate list of heavyweight firms calling for net zero carbon UK by 2050

More than 120 prominent business leaders have written to the Prime Minister urging the Government to adopt the Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) recommendation for a UK 2050 net-zero greenhouse ...
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Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Carbon Monoxide – Are you covered?

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is otherwise known as the silent killer. This is because it is a gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. So this begs the question, how ...
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Vivalda

Vivalda calls for prudence on cladding specification and testing

Vivalda Group’s founder and chairman, Peter Johnson, has urged contractors and architects to tread carefully in the wake of James Brokenshire’s recent announcement to fund the recladding of 166 privately ...
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sustainability features

Over half of consumers want their houses to be built with sustainable features

Over half of consumers believe it is important that their home is made using environmentally-responsible materials, according to research published by Eurocell plc, the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of PVC-U ...
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Ecodan

Shhh, the heat pump revolution is coming

As heat pumps become more common as the primary source of heating for UK homes, Max Halliwell explores why it’s not just performance you need to look at. The government ...
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It’s time to recognise air pollution as an occupational health hazard

It’s time to recognise air pollution as an occupational health hazard

British Safety Council’s report makes the case for urgent action on the impact of air pollution on outdoor workers The British Safety Council has launched a report ‘Impact of air ...
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UKGBC consults on scope 3 emissions reporting guidance for commercial real estate

UKGBC consults on scope 3 emissions reporting guidance for commercial real estate

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today published a consultation paper inviting feedback on guidance for scope 3 emissions reporting. Scope 3 emissions refer to carbon impacts across a ...
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fragile roof lights

The hidden danger on Scotland’s roofs

When it comes to working on roofs, many people assume the greatest danger comes in the form of falling over the roof edge. Much has been written, including by us, about ...
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water systems

Testing the water

Water hygiene within large buildings is of paramount importance. Bob Blincowe, strategic account manager UK healthcare at Trend Control Systems, explains how a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) can prevent ...
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Green Roofs

Can Green Roofs Reduce Storm Water Run-off?

As part of a sustainable drainage system strategy, it is essential that we find and implement alternative solutions to preventing localised flooding. In built up areas 95% of the ground ...
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Lighting Control

Looking on the brighter side of the National Health Service

Reliable, clear and effective lighting in hospitals plays a key role in all aspects of operational effectiveness, patient recovery as well as staff productivity. Nathan Cole, global product manager at ...
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epoxy paint

The benefits of epoxy paint and clear acrylic resins

Specifying the right coating for your premises can often be a difficult decision, says Rizistal UK product manager Alex Holdway. High build epoxy paint coats are two-component pigmented systems suitable ...
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garden

Size matters: how to make the most of smaller outdoor spaces

From the Garden of Eden to The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the ancient courtyards of countless palaces, outdoor spaces have long played a significant part in the history and ...
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UKGBC consults on scope 3 emissions reporting guidance for commercial real estate

UK Green Building Council presents industry framework for net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today unveiled a framework for the UK construction and property industry to transition new and existing buildings to become net zero carbon by ...
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R32 air conditioning

R32 – what was all the fuss about?

AC and heat pump trainer Ben Bartle-Ross looks at how mainstream R32 has become Well, we survived R32 didn’t we? One thing that has always heartened me about our industry ...
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Competency

Do you know how to recognise competency?

‘Competency’ is a word that comes up often in discussions about work at height and construction in general. But what does it mean for you? If you are the manager ...
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BIM

Building your digital future

~ How BIM can impact manufacturing ~ Building information modelling (BIM) has revolutionised the construction sector, by digitalising processes and enabling new ways for construction professionals and architects to collaborate ...
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Discrete Heat

Modular: 21st Century Construction,19th Century Technology?

Martin Wadsworth, Managing Director of Discrete Heat, discusses what's really happening in the modular construction market and how it's impacting on building product manufacturers. When you think of modular construction, ...
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EPC

Heat pump energy efficient heating is as easy as EPC

A new app helps push true value of heat pumps For all properties being built, sold or let, you now need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which provides details on ...
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Notre Dame

Old buildings are at their most vulnerable when undergoing repairs

Lessons to be learnt from the Notre Dame fire Last year in the UK some 300 his­toric build­ings were dam­aged by fires, with many occur­ring whilst under­go­ing ren­o­va­tions or repairs. There is an online nation­al ...
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sustainability features

80% of consumers say that the design of homes impacts their wellbeing

New research published by Eurocell plc, the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline systems, has revealed that four in five consumers believe the design of their ...
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Vent-Axia Welcomes Healthy Homes and Buildings White Paper

Vent-Axia Welcomes Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia, has welcomed the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, which came into force 20th March 2019. The Act makes it a legal requirement that ...
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