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Social Housing Becomes a Firm Focus for Wienerberger
27.03.17Social Housing Becomes a Firm Focus for Wienerberger In a bid to sup...
EJOT Opticore Delivers Black and White Benefits for Membrane-faced Composite Panels
27.03.17EJOT Opticore Delivers Black and White Benefits for Membrane-faced Composite Panels In response to building application trends, EJOT UK has technically updated its Opticore fastening system. Opticore, the unique integral nylon fastener head, is manufactured with precision cutting fins that core through membrane faced insulated panels, with the encapsulated fastener self-drilling the substrate in one simple operation. Installation is via a bi-hex or internal torx dual-driving option. EJOT’s research and development team has taken on board customer feedback by lengthening Opticore’s light section fastener within the range, to 32mm - thus taking into account multi-lap applications. The black encapsulated Opticore carbon steel specification offers a corrosion resistant ‘Climadur’ organic coating, whilst the white encapsulated A2 stainless range is manufactured from high quality grade 304 stainless steel. The Opticore range also includes stitchers, defined for site by a new grey encapsulation. The overall result is a fastening range for hot and cold rolled steel as well as timber substrates, that cores, drills and fixes without compromise to the liner sheet - and improves thermal retention. A specifier’s sample pack is available directly from the ma...
Kemper Provides Roof Terrace and Balcony Solution at Millbrook Park
27.03.17Kemper Provides Roof Terrace and Balcony Solution at Millbrook Park ...
A ‘Stitch Up’ for Richmond?
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Trace-in-Metal Granted Prized Secured by Design Status
20.03.17Trace-in-Metal Granted Prized Secured by Design Status Innovation Re...
Epic Releases Airtightness Guidance Paper
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OMG Roofing Products Hires in Europe
20.03.17OMG Roofing Products Hires in Europe To support its growing interna...
Forticrete to Supply Cast Stone to Pure Residential and Commercial housing Development
20.03.17Forticrete to Supply Cast Stone to Pure Residential and Commercial housing Development Forticrete has been awarded a contract by Pure Residential and Commercial to supply high performance cast stone solutions for the construction of Livingstone Place, a new multi-million pound development comprising 83 luxury one, two, three, four and five bedroom properties on the outskirts of St.Asaph in North Wales. The properties, which are set overlooking the picturesque views of the Clwydian Hills, utilises Forticrete cast stone detailing components including cills, decorative heads and surrounds in a bespoke deep red colour. Jason Davies, Procurement Manager at Pure Residential and Commercial, commented: “We were looking for a cost effective, yet sensitive alternative to natural stone architectural features in order to enhance the character and charm of each of the development’s properties. “Forticrete’s ability to create a bespoke colour to suit our requirements and the ability to replicate the aesthetic of natural stone meant that Forticrete’s crafted cast stone components provided a great solution, a high quality finish at a fraction of the cost.” Forticrete's Cast Stone dressings are the perfect example of craftsmanship and technology working together in perfect harmony. The result is a wide range of unrivalled quality Cast Stone products to create inspiring, elegant features and detailing. To find out more about Forticrete cast stone, visit the Forticrete website here. Alternatively, watch http:...
Council Team See the Light Thanks to XTRALITE
13.03.17Council Team See the Light Thanks to XTRALITE An historic building i...
Social Housing Tenants Warm to Kemper System Roofing Solution
13.03.17Social Housing Tenants Warm to Kemper System Roofing Solution Kemper...
AWMS Appoints New National Sales Manager for Ireland
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Maximise Your Existing Order Book with Freefoam Cladding
13.03.17Maximise Your Existing Order Book with Freefoam Cladding All home im...
“What Is Sustainability?” - Kemper System – Ecobuild 2017
06.03.17“What Is Sustainability?” - Kemper System – Ecobuild 2017 Stan...
 Sika’s Watertight Roofing Membrane Provides Sanctuary for Stunning New Church
06.03.17 Sika’s Watertight Roofing Membrane Provides Sanctuary for Stunning New Church The flexible, easy-to-apply, aesthetic properties of Sika’s watertight single-ply membrane proved the ideal solution for a stylish and unusual roof design – the crowning glory of a new, multimillion pound community church. The £4.5million C3 Centre in Cambridge was built to host community events as well as serve as a place of worship. The two-tier building’s architecturally-striking feature is its ‘fantail’ roof. Tapering to a point at one end, the roof’s design presented a challenge to Farrans Construction, main contractors of the church building project. The company required a roofing system which not only offered the optimum watertight performance; it had to complement the structure’s eye-catching design. With Cambridge Flat Roofing specified to carry out its installation, the Sika-Trocal SGK system met the contractor’s brief to perfection. Suitable for both new build and refurbishment applications, in both warm roof and cold roof construction, Sika-Trocal SGK is the best-cost performance bonded membrane for use on all types of substrates. Offering excellent flexibility and high resistance to ageing and weathering, Sika-Trocal SGK ensures a long-lasting, low maintenance roof covering. Wayne Farrington, Director at Cambridge Flat Roofing, commented: “The roof looks pretty spectacular and certainly offered a challenge in terms of its construction. There’s no doubt the Sika-Trocal SGK system’s specification aided the building process. “It not only looks as good as it performs, it was simple and quick to install. It made a potentially tricky installation, quite straightforward.” Work on the church roof started in March 2015. As well as the installation of Sika-Trocal SGK on the 1,500m2 main roof, Cambridge Flat Roofing applied Sika-Trocal’s Type SGmA single-ply membrane as part of a sedum roof build-up on a lower area of the building. The fully-adhered Type SGK roofing membrane is approved by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) to have a life expectancy in excess of 35 years. Its easy application ensured the church’s stunning roof was completed ahead of the client’s strict eight-week deadline to ensure this gloriously-designed building will remain watertight and functioning as a vital community hub long into the future.  For more information please call 01707 394444, or visit the Sika website her...
Midland Lead to Announce New 25-year Sandcast Lead Guarantee at Ecobuild 2017
02.03.17Midland Lead to Announce New 25-year Sandcast Lead Guarantee at Ecobuild 2017 Midland Lead’s lead sandcasting process in action Leading British lead sheet manufacturer Midland Lead is set to announce a new 25-year guarantee on its sandcast lead at this year’s Ecobuild. The company will be on stand C129 to discuss the new guarantee throughout the event, running from 7-9 March at Excel London. Midland Lead’s new sandcast lead guarantee is in support of the Lead Contractors Association (LCA) Members’ 25-Year Guarantee Scheme, which was launched in 1999 and saw the LCA become the first in the construction industry to offer such a long-term commitment to quality standards. Under the scheme, LCA members that have completed two years of membership are required to offer the 25-year guarantee of workmanship, which when combined with a back-to-back warranty from a manufacturer, provides an effective labour and materials guarantee for leadwork projects over a value of £2,500. Today these combined warranties cover projects cumulatively worth more than £8.4M. Midland Lead managing director Boudewijn Tuinenburg says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the LCA members' Guarantee with our own back-to-back 25-year sandcast lead warranty, which provides a combined materials and labour guarantee for leadwork projects fitted by a member of the LCA using Midland Lead’s sandcast material. “This LCA stamp of approval is fantastic news.  Now every registered project using our sandcast lead will be vetted on completion and our sandcast lead customers can have complete peace of mind for 25 years.” With the company’s machine cast lead being BBA approved with a 60-year guarantee and rolled lead BS accredited with a 50-year guarantee, Midland Lead – the UK’s only lead manufacturer to offer a complete range of lead sheet options – is now able to offer a guarantee across all three of its lead sheet types. Regeneration and Sustainability As this year’s Ecobuild themes are around regeneration and sustainability, Boudewijn adds that the event will offer a great platform for Midland Lead to discuss both the new guarantee and the green credentials of its products. “We’re looking forward to chatting to specifiers, architects and contractors about what the LCA approval means for them, as well as explaining more about our sandcast lead. It’s a traditionally made product using 100% recycled lead, which often comes from the existing build, but is produced in our modern, purpose-built facilities. This ensures the best possible quality control, historical continuity of the building and is also great from an environmental perspective,” he explains.   The company’s traditional sandcast lead has been used to successfully weatherproof and provide an authentic look to English Heritage and National Trust buildings across the UK, as well as private homes, almshouses, castles, cathedrals and priories. Visit Midland Lead at the Ecobuild show 2017 on stand C129 to discuss your specific project requirements.&...
 BBA and DIBt Sign ‘Memorandum of Understanding’
01.02.17 BBA and DIBt Sign ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ Claire Curtis-...
New IKO RIBA CPD Reviews Flat Roofing Options
01.02.17New IKO RIBA CPD Reviews Flat Roofing Options IKO’s new CPD: &...
Firestone is TPO of the Class at Wigston Academy
30.01.17Firestone is TPO of the Class at Wigston Academy Firestone’s w...

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LRWA Appoints its First CEO
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Planning and Finance Slows SME Entrants into Construction
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Housebuilding Giant’s £1.3m Tax Avoidance Scheme Exposed
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Contractor Penalties Proposed for New Civic Housebuilding Approach
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NIA and NLA Partnership to Help Landlords Find Insulation Installers
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Slow Growth for Construction and Cost Pressures at 8 Year High
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Redland Boosts Tile Manufacturing with Multi-£M Investment
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A Strong Year of Growth for Sales of Building Products
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Renewables Now Reaching Cost Parity with Fossil Fuels says Lloyd’s Register Report
10.02.17Renewables Now Reaching Cost Parity with Fossil Fuels says Lloyd’s Register Report Renewable power generation technologies are now cost competitive with fossil fuels and innovation is gathering pace across the sector, finds a new report by Lloyd’s Register. The Lloyd’s Register Technology Radar – Low Carbon, examines the outlook for renewables, nuclear, grid and infrastructure, and energy storage. The research surveyed leaders across the sector, as well as 600 professionals and experts around the world – from utilities and distributors through to operators and equipment manufacturers. Respondents were asked to rate a number of technologies in terms of their potential impact, the amount of time it would take for these technologies to hit the market, and how likely they are to be adopted once they do. Respondents were also asked on reflect on the pace and success of innovation in their sector - and what they see as the major drivers and blockers. Key findings include:  Low carbon generation technologies are cost competitive. 70% of renewables respondents say that renewables are now reaching cost parity with fossil fuels. Solar cell technology is likely to have a major impact, and soon. Renewables respondents are most optimistic about the potential of advances in solar cell technology - and the likelihood of adoption. Software advances will be instrumental in transmission and distribution. They are seen as the innovation that will be the quickest to arrive and the most likely to be adopted. Blockchain could reshape the way we think about the transmission and distribution of power by enabling a new era of peer-to-peer low carbon generation. It is electrical technologies that will transform storage, rather than mechanical storage or chemical technology innovations, in parrticular, supercapacitors, which will rapidly speed up charging times for large batteries, to have the greatest impact on storage. Deployment is a major barrier. Implementation of technology in renewables is hindered by deployment, which faces its own distinct challenge. However, 71% of respondents agreed there had been an increase in the scale of deployment of renewable energy sources. Standardisation as a much-needed development for the low carbon sector. Industry experts agree that regional and global consensus on regulations could speed up deployment and further reduce costs. “We are very encouraged by the findings, which highlight not only a growing optimism across the industry but a vigorous and intelligent debate about the pathways to decarbonisation,” says Alasdair Buchanan, Energy Director of Lloyd’s Register. “Clearly, there are many uncertainties about exactly how the industry will evolve, but what is inarguable is that the conversation is no longer about “should we?” but “how should we do it?”” ...
Annual New Home Figures Up on Decade, Down on Year
03.02.17Annual New Home Figures Up on Decade, Down on Year More than 150,00...
Construction Loses Momentum in January
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Roofing Skills Shortage Worsens, Warns FMB
25.01.17Roofing Skills Shortage Worsens, Warns FMB The skills shortage in th...
Industry Agrees Single Process for BIM Product Data
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CITB Unveils Levy Proposal to Fund New Offer to Industry
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Will the Trump Effect Boost ‘Made-in-Britain’ Manufacturing?
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30,000 Less Houses Needed in Greater Manchester to Save Green Belt, say Countryside Campaigners
16.01.1730,000 Less Houses Needed in Greater Manchester to Save Green Belt, say Countryside Campaigners The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says that the housing figures in the Draft Greater Manchester Strategic Framework should be at least 30,000 lower than are being planned, after employing an independent expert demographer to check the figures of Greater Manchester Combined Authority. CPRE have lodged a powerful response to the consultation on the Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the first sub-regional plan of its type in the country.  It will impact development decisions of all 10 Greater Manchester authorities for 20 years.   CPRE’S submission, which is an antidote to those of the developers who are appealing for higher housing figures, says that if housing provision was reduced by 30,000 to below 200,000, if the targets for building on previously developed land were raised and if the employment land allocations were more realistic and took properly into account the technological advances, then there would only need to be the most minimal amount of Green Belt loss, if any. Jackie Copley, the planning manager for CPRE Lancashire Branch who has pulled together CPRE’s submission to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on behalf of the campaigners’ North West Regional Group, its Lancashire and Cheshire Branches and Friends of the Peak District, says: “The countryside is such a valuable asset that it should be better protected and enhanced in the future. CPRE supports strategic planning of new sustainable development for Greater Manchester, but argues the scale of development proposed is unjustified, and more brownfield development could, and should, be promoted.’   The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and its proposals to build over 4,900 hectares of Green Belt has been heavily criticised by all the Greater Manchester mayoral can...

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