New Technologies in Construction: Wearables in Construction

Construction wearables are appearing more frequently on job sites. Some of them improve comfort while others heighten safety levels. Here is a sample of some of the top wearables in construction to watch for.

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Heated Jackets

While not a new concept, the technology behind heated jackets is improving. They have battery packs that can last at least eight hours and are much lighter, with most weighing no more than two pounds. Some companies are making them reflective for construction and other outdoor workers and even using rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries. More jackets are offering heat settings to suit wearer comfort.

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What Are the Main Legal Issues Affecting UK Builders in 2018?

There are a number of legal issues affecting UK builders this year, some of them involving the law while others concern regulatory and planning matters. Below is a general overview of the leading issues and how the construction industry is affected by them.

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Immigration

Post-Brexit immigration regulations could create a severe disruption in the British construction industry. For example, foreign-born workers accounted for 54% of London’s construction workforce in 2017. Employers and contractors should be concerned that many subcontractors hire European Economic Area workers for construction projects across the country, as these workers might not know that they need to apply for residency.

Regulatory

Unfortunately, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance did not stop on May 25, 2018, so efforts to comply with the new GDPR are necessary to avoid future legal issues.

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Construction output gets back on track with warmer weather

The UK construction industry enjoyed a stronger than anticipated recovery over the past few months.

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The industry has definitely got passed an earlier slowdown and is now moving the Bank of England closer towards an interest rate increase.

According to a survey from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and IHS Markit in June 2018, the market experienced the largest upturn in construction material purchases in two and a half years

The purchasing manager’s index activity gauge- which the Bank closely surveys- reached 52.5 in May, up from 53.1 the month before and reaching the highest level in seven months, despite expectations that the reading would be static. Any PMI reading above 50 is a sign of economic growth.

The industry rebound suggests that much of the difficulties experienced by UK builders earlier this year can be attributed to the “beast from the east” and was not due to bigger problems in the construction trade.

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Build-Zone provide 10-year Warranty for Grade 1 Listed Georgian Crescent Building

Build-Zone 10-year Warranty was provided for this project, which involved the refurbishment and alteration of a Grade 1 listed Georgian crescent building into modern apartments and town houses.

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The works went from lower ground floor to forging a new roof area, all within the constraints requested by the Bath Listed Buildings team. Build-Zone became involved back in 2014 when the project developers from Future Heritage Group appointed us. Members of our underwriting and technical teams had worked with Future Heritage on previous developments in Bath. This enabled us to immediately forge a good team approach to the benefit of the client Grace Trump Ltd.

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Conversion of a Dutch Barn into a 5-bedroom House

Build-Zone provided a comprehensive All Risks Site Insurance Policy which included cover for the New Works & Materials, the Existing Structure, Equipment & Plant in addition to Public & Employers’ Liability for this project. The project was a conversion of a Dutch Barn into a 5-bedroom dwelling undertaken as a self-build.

Build-Zone also provided a Self-Build Warranty following Building Control sign- off and completion of the Technical Audit process, facilitated by their in-house Technical Services.

The build was undertaken by Woodstock Design and Build Ltd who looked after every aspect of the design and construction process on time and within budget.

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