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PassivSystems partners with ENGIE

smart heating controls

Following ENGIE’s recent move into the UK home energy market ­ the energy and services company has announced it will provide smart heating controls from PassivSystems to customers choosing its new three-year fixed ENGIE Control tariff. The controls, which are part of the PassivLiving HEAT service, will provide homeowners with the ability to regulate their living space and water heating …

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Construction lagging on gender diversity, says Pipeline report

quality of construction work

Women Count 2017, the second annual report by the Pipeline, has tracked and analysed the number of women on Executive Committees of FTSE 350 companies and has found that progress on gender diversity in senior roles has regressed. With only 16% of members on Executive Committees being women, the same percentage as 2016, there has been no progress. Also, more …

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Redland recognises roofing’s top ten

Redland Apprentice

Somerset’s Joe Stradling has won the prestigious title of Redland Apprentice of the Year against stiff competition as one of ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices. In a West Country double, Cornishman Tom Knight was awarded Highly Commended, a category created to acknowledge how close he was to the top award. Joe, who works West Country Tiling in Frome, …

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Four month wait for good builders, new research reveals

Carillion's SME

Home owners should book in their builder at least four months before their project begins or risk working with a cowboy, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed. The research also shows that many consumers don’t ask their builders for essentials such as a contract or references when embarking upon a major piece of building work. …

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Safeguard’s Dryrod damp-proofing rods gain WTA approval

Dryrod damp-proofing

Dryrod damp-proofing rods from Safeguard Europe – the UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – have been accredited by the German WTA organisation for creating remedial damp-proof courses (DPCs) against capillary absorption in masonry, otherwise known in the UK as rising damp. The WTA, which translates into English as the Scientific and Technical Work Group for Building Conservation and …

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Roofing company fined after worker fell through a roof

A London based roofing company has been fined after a 56-year old worker fell through two storeys onto a concrete floor. Southwark Crown Court heard how 56-year old Ali Mucoj, while working for Wessexmoor Ltd, had been completing roof work at a site on Glycena Road in London, when he fell from an unguarded rear roof and suffered multiple injuries …

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Bricklayer turned tax agent jailed for £1.5m tax scam

bricklayer Jeffrey Bakewell

A self-appointed Essex tax adviser, who instructed his clients on how to fraudulently claim £1.5m in tax repayments, has been jailed for five years. Former bricklayer Jeffrey Bakewell (69), of Cedar Avenue, Wickford, set himself up as a tax adviser and an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs revealed he kept around £300,000 from his clients’ false claims. Bakewell’s clients …

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App to help builders resolve disputes with ‘cowboy customers’

cowboy customers

You worked overtime for the new customer who was keen to have it finished on time, and sent your invoice promptly. Now you’re working on your next job, and need payment for the last one. The weeks tick by and no payment arrives. You call, text and email – nothing. Then you send a strongly worded letter, and the response …

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Balfour predicts human free construction sites by 2050

human free construction sites

Balfour Beatty believes the construction site of 2050 will be in stark contrast to what we see today – predicting it will be human-free with work moved off-site, remote control of machinery and new materials and techniques exploited to improve cost, safety and efficiency. The international infrastructure group has laid out its vision in its paper “Innovation 2050: A Digital …

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Company fined after 500 scaffolding fixings dropped on workers

scaffolding fixings dropped

Two South West based companies have been fined after a 44-year old woman was struck by scaffolding. Weymouth Magistrates’ Court heard how employees of Carter Training Ltd were using a mobile crane on the building project in Queen Mothers Square, Poundbury, Dorchester when the attachment holding 500 scaffolding fittings weighing 2kg each was turned on its side emptying all contents …

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