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NHS call centre benefitting from high energy-efficient heat recovery ventilator

A new NHS 24 call centre in Scotland is benefitting from improved energy efficiency after receiving heat recovery ventilator units from specialists S&P.
RIBA CPD

Actis ticks all the ‘mandatory competencies’ boxes at RIBA CPD Providers...

The importance of sustainability, ethical practice and health and safety were key topics at a recent RIBA CPD Providers Network event attended by Actis specification manager Amaret Chahal.
ROCKWOOL Red book, insulation solutions

The ROCKWOOL Red book

The ROCKWOOL Red book is a powerful digital tool that supports the specification of insulation solutions from a single source.
inclusive environment

Going beyond the guidance when designing an inclusive environment

From our daily dealings with minimum widths for doorways, maximum gradients for ramps and many other benchmarks, one of the main pieces of advice we would offer is when working to design an inclusive environment don’t be afraid to go beyond the guidance, says About Access.
condensation in homes

Why condensation in homes is a real and present danger

Condensation in homes can cause a number of serious problems for homeowners - and it is not enough to ask people to change their lifestyle. Paul Williams, product manager at Domus Ventilation, argues a more long-term approach is needed.
building safety bill 2021

How can we improve the Building Safety Bill 2021?

Jonathan Moulam, president of the Association for Project Safety, argues that the Building Safety Bill 2021 risks becoming a missed opportunity.
embodied carbon in buildings

What is next for embodied carbon in buildings?

Despite a recent attempt at regulation falling by the wayside, the issue of embodied carbon in buildings has never been more prominent in construction. But as Mike Stevenson of NorDan UK explains, when you think longer-term about building specification, the carbon reduction takes care of itself.
social housing draft, electrical safety checks

Social Housing Draft paves the way for mandatory electrical safety checks

The Social Housing Draft regulation bill, published 29 March, will pave the way to remove inequalities in the law, whereby private tenants are protected by mandatory five-yearly electrical safety checks but social tenants are not.
limescale, water conditioners

Combatting limescale during the construction of commercial buildings with water conditioners

Halcyan Water Conditioners explains to PBC Today the benefits of installing chemical and salt-free water conditioners in combatting limescale during the construction or refit of commercial buildings and dwellings.
Golden Thread of information in construction

Demystifying the Golden Thread of information in construction

3D Repo demystifies the Golden Thread of information in construction and provides information and advice on what your organisation can do now to prepare for the changes ahead.
ventilation white paper

BEAMA launches updated Ventilation White Paper

BEAMA has launched its updated 2022 Ventilation White Paper, ahead of the new Building Regulations on Ventilation coming into effect later this year, and the government’s wider Covid-19 and net-zero strategy.
Albert Square

An East End construction drama on Albert Square

Matthew Grellier, head of construction and engineering at Slater Heelis, assesses the "fundamental planning mistakes" made during the construction of the new Eastenders set that went £30m over budget.
acoustic standards

What can contractors do to improve acoustic standards in construction?

The impact of poor acoustics in buildings has been well documented – and many of us understand just how distressing excessive levels of noise can be, be it in a home or office environment. The truth of the matter is that it can even lead to adverse health effects, increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes, says Ben Hancock of Oscar Acoustics.
mandatory licensing

Small builders call for mandatory licensing for building firms

Results from the most recent State of Trade Survey from the Federation of Master Builders showed that 86% of respondents are calling for mandatory licensing for building firms.
cladding crisis plan

Government releases new cladding crisis plan of action

The government has outlined a new plan to protect leaseholders, and make developers and companies pay to fix the cladding crisis.
CO2 emissions

New build housing to reduce carbon emissions by a third

New government regulations mean that new builds in England will have to produce significantly less carbon, as the country moves towards net-zero targets.
government housing scheme

Gove bans Grenfell lead contractor from government housing scheme

A company linked to the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower is being excluded from the government’s Help to Buy housing scheme, pending the outcome of the Grenfell Inquiry, following concerns of ‘unacceptable’ business practices.
building ventilation

Government advisor calls for improved building ventilation

Professor Cath Noakes, a government scientific advisor, has called for improved building ventilation and professional accreditation for contractors.
Ground floor construction,

Construction focus: Ground floors

Matthew Percy and John Michael Cannon from Advantage Home Construction Insurance weigh up the pros and cons of different ground floor construction methods.
Golden thread information

Building safety: Weaving the golden thread of information

A new policy paper from the Building Regulations Advisory Committee has set out the definition and principles that will guide the development and implementation of the golden thread of information, a key recommendation of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future report.
Building safety bill,

Building Safety Bill: Complying with the new regulations and limiting risk

Helen Daley, construction partner at JMW Solicitors, outlines the key points within the proposed legislation and advises developers, contractors and those who may be expected to shoulder increased responsibility in the wake of the Bill, on potential pain points and limiting risk.
part l building regulations

Building regulations: One year to the Part L uplift

Here, the Consortium Procurement Construction (CPC) offers a short guide to what the Part L changes are, what they mean for registered providers and housebuilders, and what you can do now to make sure you’re ready.
Subframe system

Solving the refurbishment problem in car parks and tower blocks

Unsafe, unsightly and environmentally unfriendly… faced with these challenges, owners and contractors are looking for effective ways to turn tired constructions into desirable buildings. David Fraser, business unit manager at SFS, considers the problems and explains how NVF2F, a new generation of subframe, can bridge the gap.
Replacing internal doors

Replacing internal doors in a house?

Are you considering replacing internal doors in your home? Here, LABC Front Door offers all of the guidance and information you need.
home improvement website,

LABC launches new home improvement website

LABC has launched a new website for homeowners – Front Door. The site provides practical guidance on all sorts of home improvements and renovations.
home extensions, glazed walls,

Focus on fully glazed extensions to dwellings

Home extensions have changed over the years, as homeowners look for a more contemporary design incorporating large areas of glazed walls and bifold doors.

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