• 06 May 2014

30 April 2014

CareerStructure survey asks if the housing boom is really translating into jobs

Industry professionals are split on whether the UK is heading towards a housing bubble. This is leading to uncertainty regarding job prospects in the sector, with over half (57%) of industry professionals feeling that the increase in residential sales is not translating to jobs.  The survey of over 500 industry professionals by specialist built-environment job[…]

  • 30 April 2014

29 April 2014

World-first whole-house retrofit success + Google smart homes

World-first whole-house retrofit success Google smart homes Saint-Gobain Salford House Effective city-wide urban retrofit is still the Holy Grail for a truly sustainable future. It is a big challenge and needs research-based solutions and perhaps some ‘blue-sky thinking’. Saint-Gobain’s support for a ‘world-first’ whole-house retrofit research project at Salford University is featured below. It is[…]

  • 29 April 2014

22 April 2014

Stroma Certification extends scope of Competent Person Schemes

Stroma Certification Green Deal Installer (GDI), Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and CPS bundles have long-since offered versatility to Green Deal installers when gaining certification. The breadth of CPS services now offered by Stroma includes the following trades: Air Conditioning Electrical Fabrics Heating Engineers Plumbing Ventilation For more information on our CPS services, assessment day discounts[…]

  • 22 April 2014

  • 15 April 2014

15 April 2014

Zinc spares Stonehenge blushes + is R&D the key to profitable building?

Zinc spares Stonehenge blushes + is R&D the key to profitable building? New Visitor Centre at Stonehenge Last week I visited Stonehenge, once voted Britain’s most embarrassing tourist attraction. This iconic pre-historic archaeological site used to be surrounded by car traffic and one million mostly overseas visitors were serviced with a couple of old portacabins[…]

  • 15 April 2014

  • 14 April 2014

11 April 2014

How the future of construction is built on innovation through R&D and collaboration

Didier Roux, Vice-President in charge of Research and Innovation for Saint-Gobain, speaking at the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre in London during the week of Ecobuild 2014.       “As one of the world’s top 100 innovators, Saint-Gobain tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time through our R&D programme”. In his presentation to a[…]

  • 11 April 2014

  • 11 April 2014

10 April 2014

Part L Documents require new properties to meet energy standards

For new homes, Part L 2013 represents a 6% aggregate uplift in CO2 targets compared to the 2010 requirements, whilst for new non-domestic buildings, the regulations provide a 9% aggregate uplift. Part L regulations only apply to new builds and are part of a government scheme to achieve zero carbon homes in the next two[…]

  • 10 April 2014