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Barwood Products blasts Doc M non-compliant firms

Meeting requirements for the Government Approved Document M of the Building Regulations 2010 is a moral obligation and should never be a ‘tick box’ exercise, according to Sharon McKenna, sales & marketing director of specialist supplier Barwood Products. Passionate about supplying products that meet the needs of disabled users, McKenna believes there can sometimes be a tendency or temptation for contractors and installers to source lower cost products that might compromise the integrity of the Doc M Pack and run the risk of failing to meet the approved document requirements. “The whole point of the practical guidance is about providing public toilet facilities for disabled users that make it as easy for them to go to the loo as it is for non-disabled people. It’s about dignity and there should be no compromise. The Approved Document was made after careful consideration of the user’s needs and exists to protect less mobile ...

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Building a sustainable future

Darren Evans, managing director at Darren Evans Energy Assessors, says that greater emphasis must be put on sustainability training during higher education, otherwise the next generation of building professionals will struggle to cope with engineering buildings resilient to future energy demands.

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Rooftop school research lab opts for Solardome

The installation of a large Solardome Pro geodesic dome at Watford Grammar School for Girls has seen the creation of one of the most unusual science classrooms in the UK. The school had wanted to create an extension to its existing facilities and, after exploring the options, they decided a geodesic dome would “bring science alive” and provide an inspirational space to nurture a new generation of female scientists. Funded by The Wolfson Foundation, The Lawton Trust, The Women of Vision Trust and The Watford Grammar Schools Foundation, the dome will be a multi-research facility, used primarily to extend the learning of A-Level Science students. The school chose UK company Solardome Industries to supply the dome as it was the only dome manufacturer that could design a habitable, temperature-controlled space. Fitted with two doorways and an electric source air pump, the dome can be heated and cooled, making it usable all year ...

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Ibstock Brick floats on Stock Exchange

Brick manufacturer, Ibstock Brick has today announced plans to float on the London Stock Exchange. The company has a 40% UK market share in clay bricks and says it is experiencing structural demand growth in its key UK brick market, driven by strong household formations, a significant shortage of homes and supportive government policies. The group said it was well placed to take advantage of the attractive market conditions. “Against this demand backdrop, the UK brick market is experiencing structural imbalances, with insufficient manufacturing capacity to fulfil UK demand. There are high barriers to new brick capacity, including access to clay reserves and manufacturing sites with appropriate planning permissions and the technical ‘know how’ to procure and commission the plant and equipment required to manufacture bricks,” the company explained. Ibstock has announced a “significant” capacity expansion in the last twelve months, with a new manufacturing plant in Leicestershire that will ...

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Local makeover

An injection of colour is set to provide the starting point for a major village regeneration scheme in North Wales, aimed at attracting investment opportunities to the local area. Building Products reports.

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New school needed every two days, says Scape Group

Local authorities will need to build the equivalent of 11,200 classrooms and as many as 1,600 new primary schools in the next nine years, to meet the needs of Britain’s growing primary population, according to research from Scape Group. The study revealed that more than 11,000 new primary school classrooms will be needed by 2024 with 336,000 extra primary school pupils forecast. A new school will need to be created every two days to meet the shortfall. With the number of primary school pupils in England expected to rise from 4,376,000 in 2015 to 4,658,000 in 2019, Scape Group said local authorities face a fierce challenge against a landscape of tight budget constraints. London’s boroughs will see the biggest increases in the primary population, with the number of pupils set to increase by 146,000 between 2015 and 2020 and accounting for a quarter of extra pupils nationally. London therefore needs ...

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British manufacturers concerned about changes to renewable energy policy

The majority of British manufacturers are concerned about changes to renewable energy policy and the bureaucracy that surrounds it, according to research by npower Business Solutions. The survey of 100 decision-makers in the manufacturing industry revealed that 65% are concerned about how upcoming reforms may impact their investment in renewables. Four in five (81%) said it is important that British businesses influence changes to the Climate Change Levy (CCL) and Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). While, 74% of manufacturers agree or strongly agree that there is too much energy-related bureaucracy for businesses, despite Government efforts to simplify policy. A majority (57%) think current and planned energy policies don’t reflect the needs of British businesses. These figures come in the midst of a time of great change for the energy industry. The Chancellor recently promised to review the business energy regulatory framework and a consultation has been launched to discover the opinions ...

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Attack of the clones

Dave Hughes, global product manager at Stanley Security Products, looks at methods for ensuring that token cloning doesn’t compromise the security of access control systems.

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Stop the rot

Dr. Eric Rirsch, R&D director at Safeguard Europe, argues the case as to why specifiers should not be dissuaded from installing external wall insulation to properties, even though it can play a role in exacerbating the effects of rising damp.

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