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Specifier Review

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INFORMATIVE ARTICLES FROM BUILDING PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS AND INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS 

 

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FLEGT – Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade

The positive social and environmental impact of material specification

David Hopkins, managing director, Timber Trade Federation The role of material specification in helping designers achieve a positive social and environmental impact is something most are now beginning to understand ...
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building managers - HVAC

Too hot, too cold? Building managers can’t get it right and October is the worst

October's +/- 8 degree temperature swings are causing havoc for building managers. Sharing workspaces and facilities is one thing, but office workers and building managers are at odds in deciding ...
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Roof Obstacles

Overcoming the risks of roof obstacles

Despite the introduction of stricter, more organised design regulations over the past few decades, modern roofs remain a hotbed of hazards and obstacles. With everything from cable beds to fragile ...
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UKGBC welcomes the Government proposals for improving commercial buildings

UKGBC responds to State of Nature 2019 report

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today reacted to the latest State of Nature report, which highlights the continuing extent of species decline across the UK. Following the previous ...
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UKGBC welcomes the Government proposals for improving commercial buildings

UKGBC reacts to consultation on Future Homes Standard and Building Regulations

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today reacted to the publication of Government’s much-anticipated consultation on the Future Homes Standard and changes to Building Regulations. The Government has published ...
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Global Climate Strike

UKGBC launches Climate Commitment Platform for built environment, mobilises members for Global Climate Strike

Building on the momentum of the Global Climate Strike, the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today unveiled its Climate Commitment Platform, an online tool designed to profile the headline ...
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Digging Deep: 5 Amazing Underground Constructions

Digging Deep: 5 Amazing Underground Constructions

A hot topic in the construction industry today is whether building underground, rather than creating more above ground, is the way forward. According to various reports, it’s not that we’re ...
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Vicaima fire and security entrance door system

Form, function and fire

Specifying and procuring doors for social housing, can present many challenges in the market conditions we find ourselves in today. With often competing and exacting criteria to contend with, it ...
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Better forest management means better timber

Better forest management means better timber

Good forest management can both protect the environment and help meet the growing demand for timber from the building trade, argues Nigel Buckley-Ryan, Södra's UK Sales Director, Merchants. As pressure ...
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The environmental value of true partnership

The environmental value of true partnership

As Mitsubishi Electric starts a series of customer conferences, Martin Fahey looks at why partnership is such a powerful tool. This week is a really important week for Mitsubishi Electric ...
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Gas Safety Week - Forthright Services

This Gas Safety Week homeowners are advised to prioritise gas and heating maintenance

Local gas engineer offers advice and insights on common heating and boiler issues that can save homeowners money, time and possibly even lives. Gas Safety Week is the 16th ...
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roof safety

Are you meeting your roof safety responsibilities?

When you have a safety system installed on your roof, or on the roof of a building you manage, you might feel you’ve done your bit for health and safety ...
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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 welcomes the Government proposals for improving commercial buildings

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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