Removing the barriers to progress

Click here to listen. Richard Harral of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) discusses how the ongoing Part L consultation is the clear way forward to genuine carbon reductions, including closing the performance gap. For all those of us... View Article

Where was housing during the election?

Click here to listen. Brian Berry of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) highlights the lack of focus on housing during the recent election campaigns, and explores what the new Government can do to aid the sector going forward. After... View Article

From the editor

Click here to listen Berkeley Group’s recent results announcement would seem to show some fairly sobering truths for the housebuilding sector, particularly in London where the group is largely active. However in fact, they did not come as a surprise... View Article

How to make the most of a small kitchen

Despite it being one of the most frequented rooms in the house, the majority of us are not overly blessed in the kitchen space department. Luckily, there are several things we can do in order to make the most of... View Article

The SME Case for Self-Build

Brian Berry of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), explores how and why Government policy designed to aid self-builders can actually help SME housebuilders too. When discussing how to support small- and medium-sized housebuilders (SME), one area that is often... View Article

New build bathroom trends that are here to stay

Design trends come and go, but for those who’d like to take a pulse of what’s now and next, taking a look at what housebuilders are offering within new build homes gives a good indicator of what’s in demand. From... View Article

What you need to know about renting a dumpster

There will come a time in everyone’s life when you will need to rent a dumpster. Whether you are doing a clearout of your home; are doing some renovations or are moving site then you could benefit from renting a... View Article

How many complaints are there really in the construction sector?

The National Federation of Builders (NFB), which represents the broadest range of building and contracting businesses across England and Wales, is questioning the newly proposed licensing scheme targeted at tackling shoddy building work or poor business practice. The construction sector... View Article

Need for a planned approach to drainage maintenance

When it comes to drainage maintenance, many organisations are still adopting a shorted-sighted strategy which is costing them in the long-term. Contractors and facilities management professionals need to make the case for a planned approach, as Clark Williams of Jet... View Article

Construction industry prepares for downturn, warns FMB

Construction industry bosses are reorganising their workforce in preparation for a potential downturn, with higher levels of sub-contracting and lower levels of direct employment, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Key results from the FMB’s State... View Article