Sustainable building at Ecobuild, new jobs for more money, and 3D accessible washrooms

  • 3 Mar 2014

Buildingtalk Editor, Howard Chapman: the best and the latest in sustainable building will be showcased at Ecobuild over the next 3 days at ExCel in London.

I will be there to check out the new products, drop in on the conference arenas, take in a key seminar or two, and perhaps catch up with some of the celebs at the show.

Plus we will be reporting back ‘live’ via Twitter and, in more detail, via next week’s Buildingtalk newsletter.


The construction industry is recovering fast but the latest jobs survey from shows 58% of industry professionals are unhappy with their current salary and 47% are actively job hunting. What will this mean to wage inflation?  But for you job hunters out there, here is a link to the latest opportunities via Buildingtalk  JOBsearch.


Our VIDEO OF THE WEEK from Clos-o-Mat helps architects and specifiers to visualise the design and equipment involved in planning a ‘Changing Places’ assisted washroom – and how this differs from a standard (Document M type) wheelchair-accessible toilet.



Finally, Buildingtalk on Twitter includes a plea from 28 industry leader for the Government to act on zero carbon homes initiatives; why we are warming to the idea of heat pumps; and Nick Clegg on why we should build Garden Cities or face more countryside planning disputes.  


1] Top timber certification organisations at Ecobuild 2014

2] Groundwater flooding damaging to construction and property industry  

3] Industry recovery sparks salary ambitions and more job hunts

4] Demolition hammer designed to make chiseling quick and easy for users

5] Glazing system reduces solar heat gain and creates light transmission

6] Compliant security solutions handbook published from Abloy

7] Pre-assembled washroom duct panels and sanitaryware for specifiers

8] BIM components help designers specify and install heating products

9] Glass and glazing systems continue to flourish in modern architecture

10] DPC staircase document contains faults which could lead to dampness



Visualise assisted washroom design and equipment with online 3D video



Texlon EFTE roof installed at Sochi Winter Olympic stadium

Natural ventilation system fitted to reduce carbon footprint at school

Integrated construction group Al Fara’a choose Causeway Estimating

Solar powered system provides Romanian village with hot running water

Air-to-water centralised heating system supplied to care home

Renewable heating technology systems supplied to nationwide branches

Tool station has raised money for flood charity with fundraising day

Carbon monoxide alarms donated to Gis A Hug Foundation from Sprue

Jewson awarded with Superbrand status after successful assessment 



Construction industry recovering but survey shows 58% unhappy with current salary & 47% job hunting

Build northern stretch of HS2 first’ to boost poorer UK cities

Government must act on zero carbon buildings, says 28 industry leaders 

Average builder in the South West is called Tony, loves Jaffa Cakes and has been married 10 years

Why we are warming to the idea of heat pumps

182,000 construction jobs will need to be created in UK between 2014 to 2018 

Nick Clegg says build Garden Cities or face more countryside planning disputes

It’s USA v Singapore in the battle of the skyscrapers!

London to build Gotham City office tower worth £400m

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