Meet the Self-Build Experts at Homebuilding & Renovating

Self Build Zone, working in partnership with Homebuilding and Renovating, are at Excel this week and are making available various Experts from the Industry to answer any questions or assist visitors with their Projects.

Included are:

  • Approved Inspectors dealing with any questions on Building Control
  • Claims and Loss Adjusters if you are have any specific claims issues
  • Specialist Surveyors and Valuers who deal with Technical Audits and Property Valuations (including Listed Properties)
  • Experts on Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Risk Engineering if you have any questions regarding Loss Prevention or Fire Risks for Residential or Commercial Risks.
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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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Commercial Developers Wait for Brexit Clouds to Clear

Growth in the construction industry slowed last month for the first time since September.

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Uncertainty over Brexit and the future trading relationship between Britain and the European Union was blamed for moderate fall in commercial building work, continuing a downward trend that began in July.

The slowdown was outlined in the purchasing managers’ index for construction, a closely watched survey of the health of the sector. The industry makes up about only 7 per cent of the economy, but developers’ investment decisions are an indicator of how optimistic businesses are about Britain’s confidence and prospects.

The survey’s measure slipped to a balance of 52.2 in December, after hitting a five-month high of 53.1 in November. Any reading above 50 indicates growth, while a figure below represents contraction.

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