19 May 2015

New regulations proposed to prevent counterfeit PPE

The survey – made up of 106 respondents from the construction, education, manufacturing and facilities management sectors – also identified key PPE problems, including substandard PPE equipment being used by contractors. Revisions to the European PPE Directive have been proposed to tackle fake PPE. Due to the potentially fatal consequences of inferior products, the quality[…]

  • 19 May 2015

18 May 2015

Decorating specialist recognised as Investors in People Champion

Dulux Decorator Centre have been accredited by Investors in People for over ten years. The decorating specialists recently applied for the Champion status to encourage good working practice in its network of over 180 stores across the UK and Northern Ireland. The Dulux Decorator Centre team. Investors in People Investors in People has been operating[…]

  • 18 May 2015

18 May 2015

HS2 costs increasing due to skills shortage

Sir David Higgins, the chairman of HS2, has provided evidence to the Lords claim suggesting that the UK’s lack of experience in building new railway lines was contributing towards the high construction costs of HS2. The project is set to cost £90 million per kilometre, compared to the £23.3 million per kilometre cost of the[…]

  • 18 May 2015

15 May 2015

Construction industry investigating skills card fraud

The CITB and CSCS have begun by conducting an industry-wide online survey into skills card fraud. The investigation follows the recent prosecution of an organised gang that dealt in fake identity documents. The survey seeks to determine how common this type of fraud is, and whether identity checking procedures meet the required standards. Cardholders are[…]

  • 15 May 2015

15 May 2015

Brick manufacturing increases due to housing demands

Brick production during 2014 year rose 17% compared to 2013, totalling 1.8 billion bricks – demonstrating how the brick industry has reacted to meet increased demands from house builders. The Brick Development Association – which represent 99% of the UK brick manufacturers – have estimated that output numbers will rise to 2 billion bricks in[…]

  • 15 May 2015

14 May 2015

BM TRADA acquired by Exova Group

The acquisition will add around 340 employees operating in 16 countries, bringing Exova’s network of specialists worldwide to over 4,400. The move will also extend the company’s range of certification services and markets served, and expand both capacity and capabilities in building product testing. BM TRADA generates revenues in excess of £20 million. The company[…]

  • 14 May 2015

14 May 2015

Construction sector grows for seventh consecutive month

The Construction Trade Survey provides a timely pan-industry assessment of current and expected conditions within the construction industry. It collates data from construction companies, engineering contractors and building products suppliers to produce a detailed quarterly report on the state of the construction industry. The survey collates data from construction companies, engineering contractors and building products[…]

  • 14 May 2015

14 May 2015

How will building contractors fare under the Tory government?

After weeks of uncertainty and speculation surrounding the General Election and the policies of those campaigning, we finally have a result in the form of a Conservative majority. In 2014, the Office for National Statistics reported that 4.6 million people in the UK were self-employed; that’s 15% of the workforce who work for themselves, and[…]

  • 14 May 2015

14 May 2015

F-Gas Regulation Leaflet introduced by European Commission

HFCs are commonly used as refrigerants in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump equipment The new F-gas Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 was introduced in early 2015, to strongly reduce emissions as a substantial contribution to the EU’s efforts of reducing climate change. The European Commission has released a new tri-fold leaflet that provides helpful information[…]

  • 14 May 2015

12 May 2015

Construction election boost, record house building + world’s top structures

BLOG from Howard Chapman, Editor of Buildingtalk Follow Buildingtalk on Twitter and subscribe the Buildingtalk newsletter Whats new in building – read the latest Buildingtalk newsletter In order to meet the UKs housing needs, we need to deliver in excess of 250,000 new homes per annum My favourite comment after the clear Tory majority win[…]

  • 12 May 2015