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KPMG quits Grenfell Inquiry role amid “serious questions” over conflicts of interest

KPMG has stepped down from its role as an adviser to the Grenfell Tower inquiry after MPs, academics and campaigners raised "serious questions" about potential conflicts of interest The decision comes after an open letter claimed the firm had failed to disclose that it acts as auditor to Celotex, the...
structural warranties

Structural warranty market review: New NHBC undertakings in full effect for Christmas

Following a major review, the Competition & Markets Authority has published its final decision on the operation of the market for new home structural warranties. Geoff Wilkinson, managing director of Wilkinson Construction Consultants, examines the outcome
interim report

BSRIA calls on members & industry to support Hackitt Review

BSRIA has responded to the interim report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety
thermal performance

Extreme conditions and some very heated moments: A look at what goes on behind...

Rigorous new facilities at the BBA make sure thermal insulation materials for buildings are properly tested for effectiveness and safety
permeable paving

Debunking permeable paving myths

Chris Griffiths of Marshalls challenges some of the common misconceptions about permeable paving in controlling surface water
system of building regulations

Hackitt: System of building regulations not fit for purpose

The whole system of building regulations is "not fit for purpose" and allows those who want to take shortcuts to do so, Dame Judith Hackitt has warned In an interim report as part of her review of the building regulations and fire safety, the former chair of the Health &...
sprinkler systems

Manchester City Council approves installation of sprinkler systems in tower blocks

Manchester City Council has approved the installation of sprinkler systems in 36 of its high-rise tower blocks in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy
hearing loss

Are we placing people with hearing loss at the heart of the design process?

Jean Hewitt, inclusive environments consultant and director at the Centre for Accessible Environments, explores whether the needs of over 12m people with hearing loss in the UK are forgotten about in the design of new buildings and external spaces

Innovation through partnership: SFS collaboration with Bowater by Birtley

A partnership between SFS and the Birtley Group has improved the performance, quality and reliability of the company’s doors and hinges
Flood protection

Flood protection: International examples of building resilience

After a year of wild weather around the world and with Britain facing the threat of more extreme storms, Anthony Guay of Ramboll UK looks at what we can learn from international approaches to flood protection
Stainless Steel fasteners

Quality and sustainability shift puts A4 stainless steel fasteners in pole position

A push for higher quality, longer lasting and more sustainable building envelopes has seen demand for A4 stainless steel fasteners increase across all types of roofing and cladding

The use of admixtures to waterproof concrete: Part 1

In this first of two articles on the use of admixtures to waterproof concrete, James McDonald of Cementaid discusses terminology, standards and specification
flood defence

In deep water: Is the UK’s flood defence budget being well spent?

Matthew Elliott, director of engineering at WYG, warns that flood defence spending may not deliver the kind of protection we expect – but only another catastrophe will highlight the shortcoming
Facade consultant

The complexity of facades and the risks involved

Clive Everett, Premier Guarantee’s Facades Technical Standards Director, discusses the importance of facade specialists in today’s construction market and what risks are involved with these complex systems

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