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INFORMATIVE ARTICLES FROM BUILDING PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS AND INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS 

 

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plastic waste in construction

Can the UK’s Construction Lessen Its Plastic Usage?

Every year the UK uses over 5 million tonnes of plastic - that’s about 15 times as heavy as the Empire State Building. But did you know the construction industry ...
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eco2solar logo

Life as we don’t yet know it: Building a smart model for sustainable energy production

The government’s new plans to implement a Smart Export Guarantee for solar panel owners from 1st January 2020 could represent a significant step towards creating a cleaner, greener future. The ...
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Hygge

5 ways to Hygge this summer

After returning from a recent trip to Copenhagen, Ellina Webb has replenished her love for all things cosy and is looking to incorporate Hygge into the summer holiday season. For ...
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working st height

Taking design and safety to new heights

While everyone understands the dangers of working at height, not everybody is familiar with the challenges or solutions on offer. Understanding how protection works, and what’s best for each situation ...
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fixed ladder safety

Don’t neglect your fixed ladder safety responsibilities

It is a common misconception that due to their static nature, fixed ladders do not need inspecting regularly as with standard ladders and stepladders. However, this is not the case, and ...
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UKGBC consults on scope 3 emissions reporting guidance for commercial real estate

UKGBC: real estate needs to wake up to true carbon impact

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today launched a new guidance document aimed at helping commercial real estate (CRE) companies get a handle on understanding emissions from their value ...
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modular home

There is no place like a modular home

How we are living in the perfect environment for modular construction Stopping the current housing crisis means that in the UK we need to build three million new homes over ...
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FAKRO loft ladders

How To Stay Safe on Ladders

We’ve all seen hilarious accidents caught on camera for ‘You’ve Been Framed’, some involving ladders. And while the misfortune of others can be funny when we know that no serious ...
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Vent-Axia

Vent-Axia Welcomes NICE Guidance on Indoor Air Quality in the Home

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia has welcomed the draft guidance ‘Indoor Air Quality at Home’ published by National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The consultation document, which was ...
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lighting controls

Why modular buildings and lighting controls are a class act

As class sizes reach all-time highs and budgets keep shrinking, Martyn Frear, Business Development Manager at CP Electronics, explains why modular buildings and lighting controls can ease the squeeze on ...
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japanese knotweed

Japanese Knotweed – a growing problem for property industry

Adam Brindle, MD of The Grounds Care Group and Japanese Knotweed expert, explains the challenges faced by construction professionals in eradicating this most pesky of plants. The Japanese have long ...
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safe access

Improving access for everyone

By Christian King, general manager of Kee Systems. The lack of access into commercial and public buildings is still a key issue affecting disabled people in the UK. According to ...
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fall protection

Frequently asked questions about personal fall protection

Personal fall protection is a type of protection which is entirely reliant on the user, available in either ‘fall arrest’ or ‘fall restraint’ form. Examples include lifeline systems and anchors. ...
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permaeble paving - flood protection

Paving the way to a flood-free future

Hard landscaping expert at Scott Parnell Ian Griggs discusses the benefits of using permeable paving to combat flooding. As an island nation, we're at constant risk of flooding - and ...
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Easi-Dec

Where to use rooftop step-over platforms

We recently wrote about the benefits of Step-Over Access Platforms and how they provide an ideal solution when navigating around a premise such as in plant rooms and warehouses, however, ...
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Supermarket Refrigeration

The importance of thorough maintenance in Supermarket Refrigeration

Food consumption patterns have changed dramatically and refrigeration systems are heavily relied upon for many industries and businesses worldwide. One key area in which refrigeration is absolutely essential is in ...
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JAVAC Bulldog Vacuum In Progress

Tool-ready for R32

The first annual World Refrigeration Day, on 26 June 2019, is an opportunity for the industry to acknowledge the significant role of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps in many ...
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Euramax Solutions

Window and door manufacturer extends Travis Perkins partnership

~ Euramax Solutions adds new products and colours to supplied range ~ Euramax Solutions, a leading manufacturer of PVCu windows and doors, has announced that it will extend its product range ...
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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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