Building events boom, online CPD points, and Green Deal ditched

  • 28 Jul 2015

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Building events boom

Is the building industry falling in love again with exhibitions?

There seems to be a welcome renaissance in UK building shows with Media 10 announcing a 5 year tenancy contract with the NEC for UK Construction Week – you can watch the video trailer to find out why Something Big is Happening!

There are also a number of events focused on London in 2016 including Vision London and London Build, plus Ecobuild at Excel in the spring.

Fastrack CPD Modules

Online CPD points

We have details on the latest Fastrack online CPD module via Buildingtalk – a great way to find out about new products + gain valuable CPD points too!

Is Green Deal dead?

The Tory press say abolishing Green Deal is good you can use this Twitter link to RT your view

Or comment on the The Guardian protest that the Government has killed off Green Deal for home insulation.

The dark side of construction

Building supports the CIOB plans to help combat Modern Slavery: The dark side of construction. CIOB chief executive Chris Blythe outlines the scale of the issue: Our sector is rife with human rights abuses. Bonded labour, delayed wages, abysmal working and living conditions, withholding of passports and limitations of movement are all forms of modern slavery. The CIOB is producing a toolkit to help organisations become more socially responsible.

Also, the highest workplace fatalities happen in the building sector. This was brought into sharp focus recently when construction firms were fined andpound;200K after workers death on Debenhams project. We ask why is construction the UKs most dangerous industry?

Latest industry news

  • London Borough basement builds are up 10 fold in 10 years – read the CIRIA updates on Construction and Geotechnical aspects
  • Schueco new Docu Centre offers tailored software solutions to sustainable building envelope needs
  • Cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis Patents has a new 3D cable clamp animation
  • NorDan triple glazed timber windows feature in the new e4 Brick House from Wienerberger constructed on the BRE Innovation Park in Watford
  • See how Fermacell fibreboard panels prevented a house fire from spreading
  • Congratulations to Ancon, honoured at a Royal Reception after receiving its second Queens Award for Enterprise.

Video of the Week

The UKs largest Construction trade show – watch the trailer!

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Buildingtalk at Batimat

And finally.

a link to my latest Blog for an invitation to meet me in Paris at the worlds biggest building show. Batimat attracts over 350k visitors, including 32k architects from across the world including are over 80k visitors from outside France including 60 international delegations.

This year I am part of the judging team for the Innovation Awards which will form part of Batimat. For the first time, videos of nominated and winning products will be projected onto giant Innovation Towers in areas of each hall specifically dedicated to innovation.




Glass and Glazing Federation, 31 July 2015

GGF Chief Executive Nigel Rees commented that the cancellation of the Green Deal was no surprise to the GGF:

During the last Government, the GGF constantly worked with the Department of Energy and Climate Change on the development of Green Deal and ECO and consistently explained why both programmes would not work for the replacement window industry.This has been proven by the extremely low numbers of glazing measures installations, 223 under Green Deal and 972 under ECO. Combined, these figures do not even make up 0.1% of the total measures installed under the schemes.The GGF will work with the current Government to make new policy and build a system that works.


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