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Breathing space

George Watson, sales manager GB at Coillte Panel Products, explains how breathable wood panels are playing a vital role in minimising the risk of condensation in buildings.

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Tough enough?

When toughened glass shatters for seemingly no reason it can be source of confusion, however with thorough investigation it should be possible to find a reasonable explanation, says Phil Brown, European technical advisory manager at Pilkington UK.

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Ecobuild announces Digital Construction call for papers

Last night saw the launch of the most wide-ranging review of the impact of digital construction ever seen in the UK construction industry, to be undertaken by Ecobuild in partnership with Building magazine and Building Design (BD), with a call for papers from professionals across the sector. At the offices of Ecobuild organiser UBM in central London, a high level construction industry audience heard Martin Hurn, Ecobuild Event Director, explain the scope of the review, which will be published in the run-up to Ecobuild 2016 and distributed to pre-registered attendees. The review will gather views from companies, associations and individuals on how digital construction methods – one of the key drivers for change in the industry – including BIM, procurement, on site technologies and smart building systems are impacting on their businesses, and their predictions for the future. Over 100 leading contractors, developers, architects, industry bodies and consultants – including ...

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Solar industry proposes emergency £1 rescue plan

The solar industry has put forward an emergency rescue plan for British solar as an alternative to the Government’s proposed cuts to the Feed-in Tariff. The Solar Trade Association (STA) says it hopes that its ‘£1 solar rescue plan’ will allow a viable solar market to continue while giving the Government the cost control guarantees it requires. The plan would add an extra £1 per year on average household energy bills from 2019 for new solar deployed over the next three years. The STA says this would generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 875,000 homes. An action day outside the House of Commons yesterday garnered support from over 30 MPs, including Sir David Amess MP (Con), Mims Davies MP (Con), Kevin Hollinrake MP (Con), Caroline Flint MP (Lab), Caroline Lucas MP (Green), Callum McCaig MP (SNP) and Tom Brake MP (Lib Dem). The Government consultation on the changes ...

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Comeback king

Simone Hellyer takes an in-depth look at the brick industry, and explores the reasons why architects and housebuilders have fallen back in love with the traditional building material.

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TfL releases land for 10,000 London homes

Transport for London (TfL) is to release more than 300 acres of land to help create more than 10,000 new homes across London. The TfL land will be developed over the next decade to provide new homes, offices and retail units to support London’s rapidly growing population and the Capital’s contribution to the economy of the country. 67% of this phase of development is in travel Zones 1 and 2. The new land-release programme is in addition to the work of TfL’s £360m growth fund, which is creating more than 50,000 homes and 30,000 jobs by supporting 14 transport projects across London that are directly unlocking development. The Mayor of London has pledged to have an exit strategy for all City Hall owned land by the end of his term in 2016, with 99% now freed up for development to help deliver thousands of much needed new homes. The London Land ...

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Welcoming facilities

Georgina Spencer, marketing manager for Roca, provides guidance for complying with the requirements of Document M, a sub-section of Part M of the Building Regulations, which plays a key role in the creation of accessible bathrooms.

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Tata Steel restructuring to cost 1,200 jobs

Manufacturer Tata Steel has announced that it expects 1,200 jobs to be lost in the latest restructuring of the firm’s UK operation. Tata Steel’s Long Products Europe business plans to stop production of steel plate, which it says has comes in response to a “shift in market conditions caused by a flood of cheap imports, particularly from China, a strong pound and high electricity costs.” The proposed changes would lead to around 1,200 job losses – about 900 in Scunthorpe and 270 in Scotland, as well as a small number at other Long Products Europe sites. Plate mills in Scunthorpe, Dalzell and Clydebridge would be mothballed, while one of the two coke ovens at the Scunthorpe steelworks would be closed. Karl Koehler, chief executive of Tata Steel’s European operations, said: “I realise how distressing this news will be for all those affected. We have looked at all other options before proposing these changes. We will ...

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Engineered timber

Nigel Cox, managing director at Timbmet, explains how feedback from customers has played an integral part in how the company has approached ways to improve its Red Grandis range of hardwood products.

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