14 January 2014

Get cracking with fracking, latest job vacancies, plus build a home for The Simpsons

Howard Chapman, Buildingtalk Editor, writes… Get cracking with fracking is the message from the UK Prime Minister this week as an energy supply crisis looms.  After years of dithering, including by Ed Miliband when he was Energy Minister, we are facing the prospect of power shortages. So tax incentives to councils are part of a[…]

  • 14 January 2014

08 January 2014

The top Buildingtalk Newsletter stories from last year plus construction prospects for 2014

Howard Chapman, Buildingtalk Editor, writes… We begin this first Buildingtalk newsletter of the year with a quick look back at some of 2013’s most read stories. Almost 500 readers used the link to the Buildingtalk website to read all about the Geberit toilet installed at The Shard, with this highest loo in Europe featuring in[…]

  • 08 January 2014

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17 December 2013

Build a house in 4 hours plus download latest CAD & BIM app for specifiers

Howard Chapman, Buildingtalk Editor, writes… House building news this week: latest ONS statistics show that new residential construction orders are up 41.6% and are now nearly 20% of all construction output. Planning permissions for new homes are up 33%, the highest since 2007.   With London’s population growing faster than anytime in history, Boris Johnson[…]

  • 17 December 2013

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16 December 2013

Marine Plywood is under Q-Mark scheme to enable high quality material

The changes have been brought about after concerns in the industry that some of the material is not meeting the standards of BS 1088:2003: Marine Plywood, defined to ensure a high quality material. The Timber Trade Federation now requires all of its members to comply with BS 1088, stating that products must be of suffient[…]

  • 16 December 2013

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05 December 2013

Fast Track Interior product brochure launched by SAS International

The literature details the variety of fit-out interior products that the company produces, including ceiling tiles and grids, drywall and dry lining components, aluminium partitioning systems and integrated doors. The portfolio is available from SAS depots across the UK and is designed to advise on accurate installation methods whilst keeping costs down.

  • 05 December 2013

05 December 2013

Timber Frame to boost housebuilding market in 2014

The research found that value growth in the SIPS market and rising volume demand for open panel timber frame will continue to drive healthy growth for off-site manufacturers and timber suppliers in 2014.  Wood panels are set to continue to gain share as housebuilders increasingly adopt timber frame as a more cost effective method of[…]

  • 05 December 2013

05 December 2013

Why building for the future means thinking green

Debates about sustainability do not occur in a vacuum. Population growth is one variable that can put huge pressure on the environment and, if the figures from the Office for National Statistics are anything to go by, then that pressure is only going to increase in the UK. According to the ONS’s latest figures, the[…]

  • 05 December 2013