Prioritise smaller sites

Brian Berry, chief executive at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), explores the upcoming planning reforms, and argues for a much higher focus on small sites. The planning reforms that are due to be published “before the summer” as part... View Article

Five ways to keep costs low when building a home

If you’re actively considering the option of building your own home from scratch, you’re certainly not in the minority. Research suggests that more Brits than ever before are looking to build their own homes, as an affordable and accessible means... View Article

2018’s biggest lighting design and technology trends

Once again, the biennial Light+Building expo in Frankfurt proved to be an inspiring and enlightening event. Showcasing some of the year’s most extraordinary new lighting design and technology trends, the world’s biggest lighting fair certainly didn’t disappoint. For those working in... View Article

Alarm bells over construction output fall, says FMB

The Beast from the East, rising costs and Brexit are to blame for the sharp drop in construction output, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the April 2018 construction output figures published by the Office for National... View Article

Hackitt: Will it really ‘build a safer future’?

James Parker looks at the Hackitt review and the “broken” system of regulation and oversight that may have led to the construction failures at Grenfell Tower. In the wake of the Hackitt review looking at what needs to be done... View Article

Grenfell was not all about cladding

This month’s report into the role the Building Regulations played in last June’s horrific Grenfell Tower fire has stirred up plenty of controversy – and too many people are missing the point. The national headlines were full of calls for... View Article

Treating water pollution on construction sites

Dr Richard Coulton of Siltbuster outlines the main types of on-site water pollution, and how to treat them. Under the Environment Agency’s Regulatory Policy Statement (RPS), construction companies likely to discharge anything off site other than clean water need a... View Article

Transforming the industry for the better

Sarah McMonagle of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), explains the organisation’s three point plan to reform the sector’s approach to quality, in the wake of Grenfell. Let’s be honest, the construction industry does not have the greatest image in... View Article

SME builders now better represented on CITB Board, says FMB

The appointment of two construction SME representatives to the CITB Board is an important step forward, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on the CITB’s announcement regarding the new appointments to the CITB Board, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the... View Article