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The green construction recovery

Decarbonising construction to produce more sustainable and better performing buildings will be crucial to creating a more viable ecological future. Andy Goodwin, Managing Director of sustainable specialist contractor, B&K Structures considers the pitfalls surrounding a green construction recovery.

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ASFP announces programme of free passive fire protection webinars

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has announced a programme of free passive fire protection (PFP) webinars. 

Each will focus on a different PFP system, providing a detailed introduction to the main characteristics of each product type and explaining the product testing, performance and installation requirements. They will also introduce the ASFP best practice guidance related to each product – particularly the ASFP suite of ‘Colour Books’, which are referenced in the Building Regulations and provide definitive guidance on the full range of passive fire protection measures. 

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Modular Green Nationwide by Benfield ATT

Founded in 1995 to manufacture Swedish homes for Scandia Hus, ATT (Advanced Timber Technology) was bought in 2002 by Prof. Dr. Michael Benfield. Today, Benfield ATT uses DfMA ( Design for Manufacture & Assembly) to blend their extensive and rather unique knowledge of all forms of timber structure, building science and regulations to meet each client’s conceptual and functional requirements. 

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ASFP releases new advisory notes on the fire protection of structural steel

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has released a suite of new Advisory Notes which offer guidance on the fire protection of structural steel. The four new Advisory notes address specific concerns identified by industry.

ASFP Advisory Note 18: ASFP Position on Installing Partitioning to the Underside of Structural Steel Sections Coated with a Reactive Fire Protection System highlights concerns related to fixing partitioning directly to columns or beams treated with intumescent paint. It notes that fixing anything directly to either the column/beam will impede the intumescent paint from expanding and may allow heat to transfer to the steel, resulting in localised loss of strength and potential failure in the event of a fire. 

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New A1 fire rated non-combustible pedestals introduced

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater and drainage systems, have introduced a new range of A1 fire rated, non-combustible raised floor pedestals from Harmer to the website. For external balconies, terraces, roof & winter gardens etc. The new range has been designed to comply with the latest building fire regulations released in response to the Hackitt report, following the Grenfell tragedy.

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Broker launches new vehicle management division

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), has announced the creation of its new vehicle management and leasing division.

Officially launching today (22nd), the team, known as MAF Leasing, will actively serve both consumers and businesses for the first time in the company’s history. 

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PASMA responds to HSE prosecution after tower collapse causes worker to fall 8m

A recent prosecution at Glasgow Sheriff Court has highlighted both the human and financial consequences when work at height is not properly planned, designed and managed.

The court heard that on 2 September 2016, an employee of JR Scaffold Services Ltd, who was erecting a tower scaffold to carry out roof repairs, fell 8 metres after the cantilever section on which he was standing collapsed. According to reports, it left him hospitalised for two weeks, with severe injuries including a collapsed lung, ruptured spleen and multiple rib and shoulder fractures. It was five months before he could return to work and he will be on daily antibiotics for the rest of his life.

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CONSTRUCT launches two metre hardhat sticker campaign during COVID-19

The Trade Body for concrete structures has launched a campaign to help encourage 2m social distancing on construction sites across the UK.

CONSTRUCT’s bright hardhat stickers feature the 2m distance rule in order to embed new behaviours on site while social distancing measures are in place.

The stickers act as a visual reminder for operatives to keep them and those around them safe on site.

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Natural Zinc – now in stock – for next day delivery

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems, has once again responded to the demand for its Natural Zinc Rainwater System by adding it to the huge ranges it stocks in its two warehouses in Swindon, for next day delivery to mainland UK addresses.

The Natural Zinc was only added to website, originally with a 15day leadtime, in April. The response has been such a success that they recognised the value to customer of having a shorter leadtime and so will begin stocking the range, in 115mm half-round profile gutter and 80mm diameter round downpipe, from the 5th July 2020.

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Leading work at height training centre re-opens adapted to “the new normal”

Leading work at height training provider, 3 Education has re-opened its doors in the wake of the UK’s Coronavirus peak, with strict safety polices adapting to “the new normal” – offering low number, socially distanced training courses to rigorously enforced safety policies. 

A thorough package of safety measures have been set up in the niche training facility in Westcott, near Aylesbury, specifically designed to protect course delegates and 3 Education employees in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak peak, as the construction sector tentatively returns to work. 

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New hand sanitiser station supports the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity

Biosite Systems Ltd has introduced a portable Hand Sanitiser Station for deployment on site in areas where hand washing facilities are not available or practical to install. Developed in response to the latest construction industry guidance* recommending enhanced hygiene procedures on site in the fight against COVID-19, the station provides a solution for operatives to access hand sanitiser gel quickly and easily. 

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