26 September 2014

Warnings about deafness and tinnitus caused by excessive noise on building sites

Use the link above to access the complete Johnson Law infographic on Industrial Deafness and Tinnitus David Johnson from Johnson Law ñIf a job consistently exposes employees to noise levels of 80dB or more, then they are at risk of developing industrial deafness or tinnitusî. Although call centres, night clubs, bars and factories are among[…]

  • 26 September 2014

25 September 2014

Buildingtalk supports Bounce Back charity that helps ex-offenders into work

Buildingtalk supports BOUNCE BACK to help ex-offenders into work BOUNCE BACK is a Charity and painting & decorating Social Enterprise. offering training, work experience and employment to offenders at the end of their sentences using the skills developed both in custody and on release. It runs training courses for offenders in custody in HMP Brixton[…]

  • 25 September 2014

23 September 2014

Buildingtalk election manifesto + brickies boom-time + latest Buildingtalk newsletter

On the economic front, last month commercial construction came close to doubling 2013 figure according to the latest BarbourABI report.  India’s biggest housing developer is to spend £3bn on UK projects and China continues invest in infrastructure.   It is also Brickies boom-time as skills shortages mean subcontractors ramp-up hourly rates. Construction wages rose 4%[…]

  • 23 September 2014

22 September 2014

Lime in Mortars publication launched for the European Lime Association

Entitled ‘Lime in Mortars; Hydrated Lime – Benefits of the Use in Mortars,’ the publication provides a review of the scientific literature around the properties of using lime in application. Unveiled to the public at the 9th International Conference in Guimaraes, Portugal, the guide also evaluates existing information and highlights the durability and performance characteristics[…]

  • 22 September 2014

17 September 2014

Installers must consider alternative heating solutions to reduce emissions

Figures recently released by the electricity and gas regulatory body, OFGEM, show that 4,448 households have already been accredited by the Government’s new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).  The scheme, which pays participants that generate and use renewable heat to heat their buildings, is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable energy. Designed to generate[…]

  • 17 September 2014

15 September 2014

Self-employed contractors must review working arrangements or face investigation

Failure to provide evidence of compliance to legislation and tax regulations when working on a self-employed basis could result in workers being pursued by HMRC and being put under investigation. Contractors should ensure that the review is conducted by an impartial service provider offering all three HMRC recognised models; self-employed/CIS, employed/umbrella and PSC/Limited Company. An[…]

  • 15 September 2014

12 September 2014

The impact of the Scottish Referendum on the construction industry

Howard Chapman, Buildingtalk Editor, reviews the construction industry response to the Scottish Referendum on Independence and offers his personal view on the vote. Yesterday 100 Scottish business leaders backed the NO vote, including Sir Fraser Morrison, former Chief Executive at Morrison Construction. The overall message was that there are far too many unanswered questions if[…]

  • 12 September 2014

09 September 2014

Solving biggest roofing problem + plans for 200k new construction jobs + latest Buildingtalk newsletter

Latest products, projects stories, news and comments from Buildingtalk Editor, Howard Chapman With pitched roofs problems being implicated in 60% of NHBC claims, the latest Buildingtalk Newsletter features a new roof putty solution that looks useful. There is also an industry debate going over the value of dry fix systems v. mortar for roofing –[…]

  • 09 September 2014

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03 September 2014

22 balconies installed in a day + Timber Expo review + latest news from Buildingtalk

Latest products, projects stories, news and comments from Buildingtalk Editor, Howard Chapman Sapphire Balustrades demonstrate the value of offsite construction Follow the link to detailsof the Sapphire Balustrades record-breaking demonstration of the value of offsite construction, with an entire residential project’s pre-assembled balconies being installed in a single day!   We also explain the benefits[…]

  • 03 September 2014