Opinion


Actis welcomes NHBC's report on the future construction image
Actis welcomes NHBC's report on the future construction
18 January, 2021
An in-depth NHBC report into how lessons learned from the past century can help increase the use of timber frame and other Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) in the future has been welcomed by insulation specialist Actis.
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Shipping goes crazy
Mike Tattam, Lakes Sales & Marketing Director and BMBI Expert, says shipping has gone crazy and we’re all likely to be hit by shortages, delays and cost surcharges, however they’re described.
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Houses for the future: constructing sustainable and durable residential buildings
In a survey by Home Quality Mark, over two thirds of respondents said sustainable features are important in a prospective property. For a home to be sustainable, it must have elements that lower environmental impact, but must also be built to last. Nick Cowley, Managing Director at Endurawood, explores how to construct sustainable and durable new builds.
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Retrofitting: the big opportunity
Content writer Grace Murphy highlights the reasons for and challenges of retrofitting old buildings.
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Saving money for your company
Content writer Grace Murphy offers some advice about how to streamline your business to save cash.
SR Timber looks back on 2020 and forward to 2021 image
SR Timber looks back on 2020 and forward to 2021
SR Timber’s Trading Director, Shaun Revill, comments on some of the key points of 2020 for the importer of timber products and the UK’s largest importer of roofing batten.
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IBC Divisional Managers offer unique benefits to Members
IBC's Divisional Managers work tirelessly to bring unique benefits to their members, helping them grow their business.
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What's in store for 2021?
Tim Wright, Managing Director at Concrete Products at Ibstock Concrete, looks ahead to 2021 and discusses some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the construction industry.
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Pulling together
Peter Johnson, Chairman of non-combustible cladding supplier Vivalda Group, reflects on a challenging year for the facades market.
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Tips for working during a pandemic
Rodney Laws, Editor at Ecommerce Platforms, shares tips to get back to some kind of normalcy to help those mentally adjusted to a post-COVID-19 world but still struggling to work as effectively as they did before.
Green Homes Grant must be backed by strong supply chain image
Green Homes Grant must be backed by strong supply chain
The provision of high-quality insulation building products created by the £2 billion Green Homes Grant (GHG) scheme will need to be guaranteed to meet demand, says CCF.
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Making the most of your digital assets
Peter Barker, Managing Director at BIM Academy and contributor to built environment event Futurebuild, explores some of the potential applications of digital twins in construction.
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Why merchants should have a preferred truss supplier
There are many reasons why you should consider having a preferred roof truss supplier. They can save you and your customer’s money, time and provide high-quality materials.
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Aluminium: Combatting construction’s carbon footprint
Nick Cowley, Managing Director at Endurawood, explains why aluminium plays an important role in making the construction industry more sustainable.
Forklift trucks: Elevating service performance image
Forklift trucks: Elevating service performance
A forklift truck is a vital tool, and significant investment, that should be regularly maintained and productively managed across its whole lifetime. But how many businesses fall short, wonders Ross Farquhar, Strategic Planning Manager at Rushlift.
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Retrofitting should become a priority for specifiers and developers
Following calls from architectural experts to save on carbon emissions by upgrading older buildings instead of knocking them down, Steve Richmond, Head of Marketing and Technical at REHAU Building Solutions, explains why retrofitting is key to more sustainable buildings.
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Giving tradesmen a climate control system this summer
Peter Dumigan, Managing Director of the Hultafors Group UK that owns Snickers Workwear and Solid Gear Safety Footwear writes :
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A window into the tiny house movement
There is no doubt that the UK faces a housing crisis. But, at the same time, we are also confronted with an environmental crisis and one of homelessness. Here, Nick Cowley, Managing Director of PVCu windows and doors manufacturer Euramax, explains how the Tiny Homes Movement could be part of the response to all three problems.
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Has Coronavirus shown that we should be driving our vans less?
The Coronavirus pandemic has restricted our daily lives, leaving many business owners twiddling their fingers to worried uncertainty. Yet, if any good can come from COVID-19 it’ll be the potential for a greener future, explains Rodney Laws of Ecommerce Platforms.
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WernerCo dispels myths around EN131
WernerCo helps to ensure tradesmen are equipped with the right information when choosing a ladder


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