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Meeting needs of animals in building design
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It is a sad fact more than half of livestock buildings in the UK – new or old – are not fit for purpose. But building design has made great strides over the past decade, and with a bit of foresight farmers really can produce something which meets the needs of their business, their animals, […]

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Snow blamed for construction dip
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The construction industry managed growth of 0.9% in the final three months of 2012, breaking a year-long run of decline. But January’s figures — likely to have been impacted by heavy snow across much of the UK — revealed a 6.3% slide in output, putting the industry in danger of a plunge back into the […]

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Solar Roofing Materials | MIT Technology Review
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Integrating solar cells into building materials could make solar power more attractive to homeowners.

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Roofing Types and Materials
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Wondering what roofing material to use for your home? Depending on the purpose of the roof, our contractors will be able to point you in the right direction and install a new roof on your home.

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Ikea chocolate cake contaminated by SEWAGE: Confectionary taken off the menu in 23 countries after disgusting discovery
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Furniture giant Ikea has taken chocolate cake off the menu at stores in 23 countries worldwide after it was found to contain bacteria found in human faeces.

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Fergus Ewing backs construction at UK Timber Frame Association conference
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On the day the Scottish Government announced £38m investment in the Scottish housing market, Fergus Ewing MSP, Minster for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, addressed the construction industry at the UK Timber Frame Association’s (UKTFA).

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Planning rules on extensions to be relaxed ‘to boost economy’
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The government wants to get planning officers “off people’s backs” with a relaxation of current rules in England.

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Housing market continuing to improve, Halifax says
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The UK housing market is continuing to show signs of improvement, according to the latest survey from the Halifax. House prices rose by 0.5% in February, it said, with property values now 1.9% higher than a year ago. The average property now costs £163,600.

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UK jobs market has a spring in its step
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Figures released for February 2013 show a 11% rise in new job opportunities compared to the same month in 2012, with the Reed Job Index achieving a record 155 points, its highest level since December 2009. Job demand Overall demand for staff increased in February, with a seven point rise across the UK.

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It’s about time you were getting in on the app
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From games developed by teenage enthusiasts to sophisticated business tools, apps have become a global phenomenon. If you’re missing out, Roxanne McMeekan offers tips on getting started, plus some apps that might inspire you.

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Internal Carpentry & Joinery Cost Guide
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Continuing a comprehensive series examining build costs, David Snell provides a detailed receipt breakdown for the essential second fix tasks, including kitchen and utility room units and appliances. Plus advice on how to reduce the costs.

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