Falling in love with fracking, reducing infrastructure carbon + industry response to Chancellor

  • 10 Dec 2013

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Howard Chapman, Buildingtalk Editor, writes…

We begin with the Buildingtalk review of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. This includes links to full reports from Glenigan, FMB and the GGF plus useful comments from right across the industry. Turner & Townsend quipped that ‘after several years of flirting’ the Chancellor has at last fallen in love with fracking and is showering shale drillers with tax breaks. But I’m sure Jamie Oliver would have approved of the extra £150m going into school kitchens.

We also have a report from Dr Paul Toyne, Director of Sustainability at Balfour Beatty on the Government’s Infrastructure Carbon Review of planned reduction by 24m tonnes.

Some excellent case studies this week – check-out the links for the full stories and brochure downloads. New products include a new eco-alternative to MDF, MFC, and laminate boards; and a new windows and doors app for contractors and installers.

Other industry news: Berkeley are now building more houses than before the recession; JCB are creating 2,500 jobs with a £150m expansion; and timber frame is set to boost the house building market next year.

And finally, it’s good to see everyone is working hard to make Christmas a good one. Kidde are making make sure Santa is safe when he visits your home; and in response to poor customer service 2,000 years ago, Travelodge are offering any Mary and Joseph a free hotel room this Christmas.


Buildingtalk round-up of industry reaction to UK Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 

Industry response to Government plans to reduce carbon in infrastructure

Janisol Arte Renovation Window by Schueco exhibiting in 2014   

Local builders database launched with over 20,000 contacts

Fast Track Interior product brochure launched by SAS International

New waterproof Sealwise replacement for MDF, MFC, laminate boards and plasterboard

HDPE pipework used in construction of rainwater harvesting system 

Geogrid specification complicated by two test methods

Pipe protection systems designed for preventing burst pipes 

New HomeFrame windows and doors visualisation app for contractors and installers 


Bauder Total Roofing System and SOLfixx Plus used on Welsh Abbey site

Maxwood’s washroom products chosen for contemporary London apartments 

Housing Association benefits from Kidde CO alarm 10 year replacement cycle

REHAU Passivhaus GENEO Windows chosen for residential development

Coloured Stainless Steel Sheet available from Blackburn Metals

Gas consumption reduced by more than two thirds at Knauf offices

Northcot wins award for Best use of Brick at 2013 Build it Awards

Kährs dual certified FSC-Fairtrade wood floor shortlisted for award

MMA Rapid Cure Flexible System chosen for healing cracks at car park

Prefabricated single ply roofing system designed to increase profits


BaleHaus building with straw has negative carbon footprint + 90% energy saving – see video

Latest ONS stats – new residential construction orders up 41.6%, now nearly 20% of all construction output

PM David Cameron to get solar farm in his backyard

13 ways to enhance the exterior of a property and increase its value

Top 5 footwear for safe working on construction sites

UK government to spend £375bn over 20 years on infrastructure
































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