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

  • 9 Sep 2014

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 – and I would welcome any comments on this via [email protected]

The latest UK Construction PMI reports growth at the fastest pace for 7 months but strains on lead-times, not least because of skills shortages. Buildingtalk is backing Get Britain Building 2020 Plan launched in London yesterday. It aims to see a further 200k jobs created through more house building and infrastructure projects. With the average age of construction workers now over 50, we do need to find ways of encouraging the younger generation into the industry. They can check out career opportunities via Buildingtalk JOBsearch.

Twitter features my choice in the RIBA best new home competition – and Tesco got my vote for the ‘worst UK building’ in the Carbuncle Cup awards.

Finally, a reminder to custom and selfbuilders about Grand Designs Live next month at the NEC – a great show to see innovative products. Here is a link for details and free tickets for Buildingtalk readers.






Cloud-based BIM objects for natural cooling, ventilation and heat recovery system



Tender enquiries are being sought to rebuild Hadrian’s Wall if we have a YES vote in Scotland

Government changes prevent construction workers from registering as self-employed. Have you been affected by this?

Construction activity sees further increase in August, the eighth successive month of rising figures. Great news!

New ABC D Magazine includes breathtaking architecture & engineering such as The Leadenhall building

Boris giving away more cash to boost energy efficiency in London DECC money for schemes too

Buildingtalk choice in Britain’s best new homes shortlist for 2014 RIBA award – what’s yours?

UK Construction PMI reports growth at fastest pace for 7 months jobs growth lead-times and skills strains

How the Egyptians should have built the Pyramids – what would your suggestions be?

Carbuncle Cup 2014 winner: Woolwich TESCO supermarket development named ‘worst UK building’ – good choice! Take a look  

Boris Island airport construction plans ‘not dead’ says London Mayor, despite initial rejection from Airports Commision 

Self builders must act quickly before Article 4 Direction is enforced on office to residential policy in areas of UK 

Help to Buy guarantee scheme almost doubled during the spring housebuilding season according to Treasury figures


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