Want a new employee to truly hit the ground running? You work hard to find, interview, and hire the right employees. They have great skills, great experience, and great attitude. So once they’re hired and in the door, all you need to do is set them loose, right? Not so fast. Knowing how to do […]
Worse Year for Accidents Nearly half of all small refurbishment projects inspected by the HSE in 2016 fell below standards in health and safety, worse than last year’s inspection. Notes published at the end of last year revealed that inspectors visited a total of 1,840 sites and inspected 2,235 contractors in June/July and October/November in […]
Planning Resources Lacking At the end of 2016, a joint research report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) found that nearly 90% of local authorities believe that the government’s housing targets will be impossible to meet due to a lack of planning resources.
Average Price now £218,255 According to the ONS and Land Registry, in January UK house prices rose 6.2% year-on-year, up from 5.7% recorded in December. • By nation, house prices grew 6.5% in England, 4.2% in Wales, 4.0% in Scotland and 5.7% in Northern Ireland. • According to region, annual house price increases in England […]
Response to Self-Build Demand Graven Hill, near Bicester, is largest self-build development scheme in the UK. With over half of Britons keen on building their own home, Cherwell District Council decided to create a unique ‘village’ concept. With that in mind, the village has been designed to simplify the planning and development process and enable […]
Swedes ‘Capture the Sun’ In a research paper published in the March edition of Energy & Environmental Science, Professor Kasper Moth Poulsen, of Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, explains: “The dream is to create a universal solar battery that releases heat on demand.”
Fixing our Broken Housing Market This is the title of the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) White Paper, issued on 7th February 2017. Highlighting a path to improve housing supply, it implicitly criticises the construction industry’s failure to deliver. While recognising some of the industries risks, it fails to show how these may […]
Everyone’s Going ‘Off-Site’ Construction Manager magazine (CM) reports that architects Richard Hywel Evans (RHE) has launched a modular home concept to offer Grand Designs styling at an affordable price.
Cowboy Clients The media is often keen to criticise ‘Cowboy Builders’, but little is heard about Cowboy Clients – those that enter into a project and contract without the wherewithal to discharge their obligations, taking advantage of the trust and honour of many good quality building contractors and putting them and their workforce at risk. […]
A water-saving faucet to control a fast hot water mini-recirculation loop. Save WATER and save ENERGY. To make available the hot water at the faucet you can either waste 40 L of water per day in the sink while you are waiting for hot water, or not wait for hot water but waste 10 KWh […]
Radiates heat without energy American University Invention Writing in Global Construction Review, Joe Quirke reports that a team from the University of Colorado Boulder has engineered a new material that can cool structures without using energy.