General Building

SME Builders and Unite agree 5% pay rise

ITC Concepts

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a two year deal involving a 5% pay rise over two years. The announcement follows negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders, on behalf of SME construction employers, and Unite the union, on behalf of operatives. Under the terms of the deal, workers will receive a 2.5% pay rise …

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Product review: Zarges Z500 ladder

Zarges is a company that is into aluminium manufacturing in a big way. When you see those shiny containers at the airport about to be loaded into the plane the chances are they are  Zarges. As well as cases and containers Zarges also makes many of the steps and platforms you see in industry and they make ladders for the …

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Bad weather tops the list of builders’ woes

Travis Perkins Innovation Awards

Travis Perkins, one of the UK’s largest distributors of building materials, has revealed the industry’s biggest headaches as part of its pledge to support customers by promoting and encouraging innovation. After speaking to contractors, housebuilders, manufacturers and staff, a number of common industry-wide problems became clear. The UK weather was a shared frustration, with high levels of rain blamed for …

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Security upgrade for Mumford & Wood range

secure windows

Mumford & Wood Conservation sliding sash windows are now SBD certified to meet Approved Document Q – Security. “To the untrained eye the Conservation sash window looks no different to its predecessor, so much so that even burglars won’t see this until they have struggled with the security features and, of course, timber offers better strength to weight ratios than …

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How to: Level a floor with self levelling compound

Level a floor with self levelling compound

In this video Roger Bisby demonstrates how to level a floor with self levelling compound for the best results as well as talking through how to get the best out of latex modified self-levelling sub-floor compounds. In this example Roger uses Bostik’s Cempolatex to level a floor with self levelling compound, but the theory applies to most self levelling screeds …

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Safe as houses (or schools?)

school building closures

The partial collapse of a school wall in Scotland has led to the closure of 17 other schools in Scotland while urgent checks are carried out.  Thankfully nobody was killed or injured in this incident but it does raise some interesting points; first about the design of these 10 year old buildings and also about the inspection during the build. A …

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Local firms vital to building more homes, says Labour Shadow Minister

Labour’s Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning John Healey MP visited a housing development in Aston, Sheffield last month to highlight the importance of local house building companies being able to deliver more new homes. Mr Healey was visiting the Parklands View development in Aston, built by Sheffield-based firm W. Redmile & Sons. The visit was organised by the Federation …

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Product review: ZipWall portable dust barrier system


Roger Bisby revisits the ZipWall portable dust barrier system I first looked at this product several years ago and concluded that it is more useful for maintenance engineers and people working in the commercial environment than it is for heavy site use. On a bigger rougher site I think it is a bit  too lightweight and erecting your own timber …

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How to stop roof tiles being blown off

roof tiles blown off

Roger Bisby tries out the Innofix clip from Redland, a useful clip that prevents storm damage by stopping roof tiles from being blown off when it’s windy. Despite the change in the standard BS 5534 Code of Practice for roof slating and tiling there are still a lot of cowboy roofers out there laying interlocking tiles without any fixings.  Nobody …

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Rotherham Council chooses Saint-Gobain External Wall Insulation for renovation project

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The Saint-Gobain Weber External Wall Insulation (EWI) system has been selected by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) for a property renovation project of 37 Dorlonco system-built homes in the Rawmarsh area of the town. weber.therm XM EWI with weber.rend RB Render Brick finish has been installed on these hard to treat properties providing greatly improved thermal performance while at the …

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