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.
Reuters Reports Phase Change in UK Home Building Disclosing that the prospect of Brexit choking off the supply of EU workers is reshaping Britain’s homebuilding industry. Esha Vaish reports that Berkeley, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon and Your Housing are among the many leading housebuilders who have told Reuters they are either planning new developments of prefabricated […]
Tougher Sentencing Guidelines Start to Bite As prosecutions hit companies across the board, Helen Devery of risk lawyers BLM has warned the industry needs to become more aware of the new HSE sentencing guidelines. Fines for construction companies have hit more than £12.6m since February 2016. Turnover Related Fines As noted by CIOB Construction Manager, […]
THE NEW CIOB ACADEMY IS HERE! Following its successful launch at the London Gherkin on 13 December 2016, the CIOB Academy is now well and truly up and running!
Expectations Regained Across Construction According to the RICS Q4 2016 survey, following a dip at the time of the EU referendum, expectations for output growth have strengthened for the second consecutive report.
2017 will be Hugely Significant Two major announcements:- – a swathe of new brownfield starter homes. – £7Bn funds for a “dramatic expansion” for affordable housing. Local authorities and housing associations are, no doubt, hard at work on a fresh set of applications.
Residents Views NHBC Foundation research – “Affordable homes: Residents’ views of quality” (Published December 2016) – aimed at establishing longer term resident satisfaction. It involved face-to-face interviews with housing association residents after 3-4 years of occupancy.
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Chinese to unlock opportunities with 25,000 homes A major Chinese building materials company has become the latest player to tackle the UK housing crisis with an unprecedented plan to build six prefabricated home factories that will pump out 25,000 low-energy dwellings a year by 2022.