Cutting costs in Photovoltaics: Glass innovations in focus

Although the costs for solar power have come down considerably lately, photovoltaics are still unable to compete with conventional energy sources. The “last mile” to competitiveness will therefore prove difficult for the sector: Cell and module production have already been... View Article

Trustee changes at Sir John Soane’s Museum

The Board of Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum is delighted to announce the appointment of Katrin Bellinger Henkel as Representative Trustee of the Royal Society of Arts and Sir David Chipperfield as Representative Trustee of the Royal Academy. The... View Article

Novus brightens up the lives of Ark House youngsters

Property maintenance and refurbishment specialist Novus Property Solutions continues its work in the community, having helped a group of young homeless people in Stroud to gain the skills to makeover their own bedrooms. Stoke-on-Trent-based firm Novus, which has an ongoing... View Article

TrustMark branches into arboriculture

Members of the Arboricultural Association will now be able to assure their customers that their tree care and management will be carried out by high quality contractors approved to Government-endorsed standards. The Arboricultural Association’s has achieved scheme operator status for... View Article

Energy trends and price statistics

Highlights for the 3 month period December 2013 to February 2014, compared to the same period a year earlier include: Primary energy consumption in the UK fell by 7.6%, on a temperature adjusted basis it fell by 2.6%. Indigenous energy... View Article

SME builders welcome fair payment

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has welcomed the launch of the supply chain payment charter. The supply chain payment charter is a voluntary code for fair payment in the construction industry and is one of the first deliverables from... View Article

Survey reveals demand for industry exhibitions

More than half of builders and contractors would be willing to take time off site to visit a trade exhibition if the right product manufacturers and suppliers were in attendance, a survey by the Build Show has revealed. Carried out... View Article

New agreement signed with construction skills leader

The University of Wolverhampton and the leading provider of construction training in the country have joined forces. The University, a leading provider of advanced courses in the Built Environment, and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have signed a Memorandum... View Article

Shedding light on sliding doors

Sliding doors are becoming an increasingly common sight in new builds and redevelopments, with a range of systems enjoying a surge in popularity. Lili Wang, product manager at IronmongeryDirect, examines the reasons behind their use and looks at the benefits... View Article

A must-have addition to any new build

Matt Higgs, sales director for Kloeber, tells us how the concept of bifolding door systems is being increasingly embraced as more housebuilders are recognising the added value and saleability they can bring to all styles of development. Bifolding (or folding sliding)... View Article

NAPIT Supports Cowboy Builders Series

The producers of the Channel Five programme, Cowboy Builders, approached NAPIT for expert advice during filming of an episode based in Swindon. The featured family’s newly installed garden lights and sockets had a range of problems with them, including faulty... View Article

Our survey says

Dave Osborne, technical manager for Swish Building Products explains why taking that extra five minutes to ensure an accurate site survey is more important than ever. Accuracy is crucial in keeping project costs down and downtime to a minimum; two key... View Article

CEDIA Awards 2014 supports together for short lives

CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) is proud to announce Together for Short Lives as its nominated charity for this year’s CEDIA Awards. Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting... View Article