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Soundproof roof

Paul Barrett, product manager at Rockwool, takes an in-depth look at one of the firm’s latest flat roofing projects for Kier Construction’s own regional HQ in Cambridge.

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Precaster FP McCann acquires Buchan Concrete

FP McCann has further strengthened its precast concrete arm with the acquisition of Buchan Concrete Products. Buchan is known for its range of concrete products, which are utilised on large-scale civil engineering projects and building schemes including schools, hotels, and university student accommodation. FP McCann has purchased its operations in Byley, Cheshire and Drakelow, Staffordshire. CV Buchan, as the company was originally known in the 1930’s, was established as an engineering contractor. Over the years, the company developed into a manufacturer of precast concrete products in the civil engineering market supplying both the UK and overseas contracts, but with the growth in off-site modular construction, the company responded by targeting the building sector and today most of the company’s activity is in this area. Other Buchan precast concrete products that will compliment the FP McCann range include utility pits, ground beams, dock leveller pits, walls and a variety of reinforced concrete walling systems. ...

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Government review to evaluate housebuilding ‘red tape’

Housebuilders will have their say on what they consider to be the barriers to the construction of new homes, in a new ‘Cutting Red Tape’ review launched today by the Government. Building on the work of the Housing Implementation Task Force, this review will aim to uncover the issues that have the biggest effect on housebuilders and seek the views of smaller firms to understand the unique pressures they face. The wide-ranging review will capture the experiences of all those involved in building homes, including developers, planners and trade associations. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “We are determined to remove barriers faced by housebuilders to ensure we continue to keep Britain building as quickly and safely as possible. “We want to hear the views of firms big and small so we can remove unnecessary red tape and help housebuilders do what they do best, building the homes we need.” The ...

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Efficient combustion

Steve O’Neill, technical specifications engineer at EOGB Energy Products, explains how new heating technology can reduce emissions and have a significant impact on energy efficiency.

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Latest reports reveal construction slowdown

Construction activity has slowed, according to two reports released today. The value of new projects starting on site during the three months to November was 4% lower than last year, according to industry analysts Glenigan. Housing, non-residential and civil engineering starts were all scarcer during the period compared to this time last year. The report also revealed that the amount of new commercial and industrial work was flat on last year. Private housing activity grew modestly, up 2% on a year ago. This rise was more than offset by the drag from the social housing sector, where starts were 9% down on a year ago. Commenting on this month’s figures, Allan Wilén, Glenigan’s economics director, said: “The latest evidence on commercial construction starts is disappointing given the continued strength of the economic backdrop. “However the forward pipeline is much more positive. In the office sector, for example, the value of ...

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Rainwater harvesting market set for growth

A report on the rainwater harvesting market has revealed that that 55% of suppliers experienced growth in revenue and profitability in 2015. Based on analysis of more than 80% of the industry, the report by MTW Research, also predicts that sales will rise above inflation in 2016. The report states that there will be more than 60,000 rainwater harvesting systems in use within the next few years, with growth in some key end use sectors remaining reasonably robust, despite water prices set to decline by 5% to 2020. The housebuilding market is slowly embracing rainwater harvesting according to MTW, with at least one housebuilder identified in the report committing to include rainwater harvesting systems in all its developments in the next 4 years. MTW’s director Mark Waddy said: “Some housebuilders recognise they can add significant value through rainwater harvesting technology and this is providing a volume boost to the market. ...

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Changing landscape

Debansu Das, marketing director at SESCO, explains how working with an ESCO can help reduce the financial burden on businesses seeking to install energy efficient measures.

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ASFP backs passive fire protection research project

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection is collaborating with the BRE Trust in a research project designed to develop a greater understanding of the contribution of different types of passive fire protection systems to the overall resilience of a building in the event of a fire. The project will consider a range of factors such as the cost of installation of fire protection systems in ‘commercial buildings’, the cost of the overall impact of fires associated with those buildings, including assessment of, for example, environmental impacts, societal impacts, property damage and business interruption. The project will require the collation of data on the risk of fire within different building types and information related to the types of fire protection measures that are present, to include: Identification of the types of passive fire protection that are in widespread use and work through the different types of product. What are the embodied ...

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