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November 30, 2021

Building work starts on new affordable homes near Willow Man

Work to build an entirely affordable development and repair a local landmark in Bridgwater is now underway. Leading housing provider Stonewater, in partnership with regeneration specialist Vistry Partnerships and supported by Macegreen Consulting and Sedgemoor District Council, is constructing 80 new homes on land owned by Homes England. To support

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Ecotek Homes and Gresham House to Deliver Eco-Friendly Homes

Ecotek Homes and Gresham House to Deliver Eco-Friendly Homes

Ecotek Homes and specialist investment group Gresham House are delighted to announce a new partnership focused on delivering high-quality and environmentally friendly homes in urban-fringe locations across the UK. The partnership will seek to deliver new single family homes across a mix of tenures, with a particular emphasis on the

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Countryside and Sovereign joint-venture partnership to acquire 365-acre Lotmead Farm in Swindon to deliver up to 2,500 homes

Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer and Sovereign Housing Association, a leading housing provider in southern England, have exchanged contracts with Ainscough Strategic Land in the acquisition of Lotmead Farm, a 365-acre site in Swindon. Outline planning permission for the delivery of an up to 2,500-home scheme across distinctive character

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Graftongate chooses GMI to build new £30M helicopter logistics hub

New site in Yeovil will see the consolidation of eight existing warehouses into one all-encompassing logistics hub.  The project is being undertaken on behalf of aerospace giant Leonardo. GMI Construction Group PLC has announced that it has been appointed by leading real estate development company Graftongate to build a new

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WernerCo urges tower safety following UK restrictions lifting

WernerCo, the leading access equipment specialist which manufactures BoSS® towers, is urging workers and employees to carry out PASMA training to ensure the safety of professionals working on-site as restrictions are lifted across the UK. Falls from height remain one of the biggest causes of workplace accidents, with the construction

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IMA LAUNCHES GUIDE TO PIR INSULATION IN FLAT ROOFS

Insulation Manufacturers Association (IMA) has today launched its guide to the use of PIR insulation in flat roofs in England. Created for specifiers, building owners, main contractors and roofing contractors, it offers expert advice on the key aspects affecting the specification of PIR insulation for flat roof applications. As the

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Places for People honoured at WhatHouse? 2021 awards

Places for People has been honoured with four awards at the UK’s prestigious WhatHouse? awards, known as the Oscars of the new homes industry, which celebrates the country’s best new homes and neighbourhoods. In its 41st year, the awards shone a light on customer-focused housebuilders in a ceremony hosted by

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Design by Certification

More than ever, modern building projects can benefit from the use of certified products, writes Daniel May, Director of Consort Architectural Hardware. The needs of modern building environments have evolved. Throughout the construction process, decision makers are more commonly deliberating on themes such as innovation, accessibility and sustainability. And that’s

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CHAS Urges Construction Sector to Embrace Building Safety Scheme

CHAS Urges Construction Sector to Embrace Building Safety Scheme

CHAS, the supply-chain risk management expert, has become a registered signatory of Building a Safer Future scheme and is encouraging other members of the built environment sector to do the same.  The Building a Safer Future Charter was launched in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety

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November 30, 2021

Caddick Construction Secures Smurfit Kappa Building Project in North Wales

Caddick Construction has been appointed to deliver a 14,500 sq m factory extension for FTSE 100 packaging company Smurfit Kappa, making it the largest integrated corrugated plant in the UK. The manufacturing facility at Mold Business Park in Flintshire is used to create shelf ready packaging for the retail sector, along with other streams of packaging for the food and beverage, e-commerce, industrial, health, beauty, and agricultural sectors. The building is set to complete in summer 2022 with new production capacity phased between then and early 2023. Ben Edwards, contracts manager at Caddick Construction, said: “The expansion will deliver the largest box factory in the company and the Caddick Construction team look forward to helping Smurfit Kappa achieve its growth and sustainability aims. “The project will create new local employment opportunities and deliver a high quality facility. As part of our commitment to generating local jobs, skills and training opportunities, we will use a local supply chain where possible, as well as implementing a number of social value initiatives during the coming year.” The expansion is a big part of the company’s €40 million investment to expand capacity at the Mold plant, and is designed to help Smurfit Kappa meet the growing demand for sustainable packaging. The state-of-the-art equipment being installed will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15% per tonne. Smurfit Kappa UK and Ireland CEO, Eddie Fellows, said: “This investment in North Wales will increase our capability, flexibility and speed of response to deliver unrivalled innovative packaging solutions to customers across the UK and Ireland. We are determined to meet the future needs of our customers in a sustainable way. It is vital that our investment has benefits for the local community and the environment.” As part of the project, a three-acre nature trail is being delivered alongside a new diverted footpath and stream, which can be used by the on-site team, as well as the local community. Working in partnership with Park in the Past, a local heritage and conservation project, an additional 10,000 trees, shrubs and bushes will be planted. Soil that needs to be removed as part of the construction process will be used by the nearby heritage project for landscaping needs in and around the old quarry sites. Smurfit Kappa’s Mold plant employs 194 staff and has been in operation since 1994.

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Building work starts on new affordable homes near Willow Man

Work to build an entirely affordable development and repair a local landmark in Bridgwater is now underway. Leading housing provider Stonewater, in partnership with regeneration specialist Vistry Partnerships and supported by Macegreen Consulting and Sedgemoor District Council, is constructing 80 new homes on land owned by Homes England. To support housing need in Bridgwater, all the homes will be available for affordable rent, with the completed development set to comprise a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses, as well as one and two-bedroom apartments. As part of the development, Vistry is contributing £20,000 towards the refurbishment of the Willow Man statue, which is located adjacent to the scheme, and will be providing a landscaped play area for residents. Alongside the remedial works, Stonewater will also be creating a nature trail, incorporating public art, leading up to the statue’s viewing platform. To support its sustainability commitments, Stonewater will also be planting a variety of fruit and native trees around the completed development and providing herb planters so residents can cultivate and grow their own produce. All the homes will be built with a ‘fabric first’ approach, using high performing materials and adapting the principles of air tightness and ventilation, minimising each home’s energy consumption.  The use of low-carbon and energy-efficient technology will be extended across the site to include the installation of air source heat pumps, solar panels and five electric car charging points. Matt Crucefix, Director of Development (South and West) at Stonewater, said: “We have developed a successful partnership, over the years, providing much-needed new homes with Vistry Partnerships and Sedgemoor District Council. “As one of the largest Homes England strategic partners alongside Guinness Partnership, we’re thrilled to be playing our part in delivering high-quality and energy efficient affordable homes that meet the needs of local people living in Bridgwater.” Barry Cummins, National Development Director at Homes England, said: “This marks a significant step forward in Stonewater’s efforts to bring 80 new, affordable and energy-efficient homes to Bridgwater. Partnerships have been vital to this development, and it’s a great example of what can be achieved by working together.” Marc Thompson, Managing Director of Vistry Partnerships West, said: “This 100% affordable housing scheme is exactly what partnership working is all about – working with Stonewater and Homes England we’ve been able to unlock a new site that will provide high-quality, energy efficient and affordable homes for local people.” A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council said: “This is major investment commitment into new homes, new jobs and money into the local economy during a period of severe financial challenges and uncertainties. We are very happy to work with our partners to bring new affordable homes to Sedgemoor.”

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Ecotek Homes and Gresham House to Deliver Eco-Friendly Homes

Ecotek Homes and Gresham House to Deliver Eco-Friendly Homes

Ecotek Homes and specialist investment group Gresham House are delighted to announce a new partnership focused on delivering high-quality and environmentally friendly homes in urban-fringe locations across the UK. The partnership will seek to deliver new single family homes across a mix of tenures, with a particular emphasis on the build-to-rent and shared ownership sectors. By maintaining a focus on fairly priced and high-quality homes, Gresham House and Ecotek are seeking to offer more affordable alternatives to the thousands of families that are priced out of the UK housing market. “Our ethos is based on years of research, experience and a desire to fix the UK’s broken housing market. Our partnership with Gresham House seeks to deliver over 1,000 new mixed-tenure, greener homes per year into the housing market, and together we aim to encourage a culture of innovation, accountability and positive change in the housing sector. With our first project commenced on site, we are already working to deliver on our ambitions,” said Stephen Haigh, CEO of Ecotek Homes. Initially focused on the North of England and the Midlands, this unique multi-tenure approach will prioritise sustainable homes and communities that will stand the test of time. The partnership’s vision is to develop healthier living environments that promote wellbeing through good design and management. The new homes will be constructed using modern construction techniques and methods that create less environmental waste. On average, the homes will use up to 50% less energy than a traditionally built home, decarbonising the construction cycle and reducing embodied and operational emissions. The partners have already acquired their first site in the North West, where work has commenced on-site in Gamesley, Glossop, to deliver the first 156 quality homes of mixed tenure, including build-to-rent, open market sale and affordable houses. The team is concurrently securing a healthy pipeline of additional suburban sites across the UK. “We are delighted to be working with Ecotek Homes to accelerate the delivery of high-quality, sustainable and affordable housing across the UK, which is bringing much needed consumer choice back to local communities. The exclusive framework agreement bolsters our multi-year track record of delivering high-quality and fairly priced build-to-rent developments in the UK. We are pleased to be partnering with Ecotek Homes, as the business is clearly aligned with our wider corporate vision to deliver positive financial, social and environmental returns for our investors,” added Joe Thomas, Investment Director at Gresham House. Avison Young brokered the partnership between Ecotek Homes and Gresham House.

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Countryside and Sovereign joint-venture partnership to acquire 365-acre Lotmead Farm in Swindon to deliver up to 2,500 homes

Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer and Sovereign Housing Association, a leading housing provider in southern England, have exchanged contracts with Ainscough Strategic Land in the acquisition of Lotmead Farm, a 365-acre site in Swindon. Outline planning permission for the delivery of an up to 2,500-home scheme across distinctive character areas creating individually designed neighbourhoods has already been secured by promoter Ainscough Strategic Land. 30% of the scheme will be genuinely affordable through the S106 commitment together with additional units which will be delivered specifically for Sovereign. Up to 400 homes will be delivered for private rented accommodation. Situated within the Swindon New Eastern Villages urban extension (NEV) development area, Lotmead Farm will focus on strong place making and will include large areas of open space together with the creation of two primary schools, local centres, nurseries, retail and commercial space. The neighbourhoods will also feature 1.76ha of play areas, a sports hub and pavilion, 1.76ha allotments and 62.29ha green space. Avison Young oversaw the sale of the land while the promoters were Ainscough Strategic Land who secured the outline planning permission. Iain McPherson, Group Chief Executive, Countryside, commented: “This is a landmark deal for us as we continue our rapid growth in the South West and we are delighted to be working in a strategic joint-venture partnership with Sovereign on delivering a distinctive, diverse and sustainable community.  “At Countryside, we are proud of our track-record in delivering sensitively designed mixed-tenure developments that reflect our commitment to sustainability. It has been a pleasure to work in partnership with Sovereign who similarly put place-making and the environment at the centre of their approach. Together we are creating a fantastic new place with an abundance of open space and green infrastructure. Tom Titherington, Chief Investment and Development Officer at Sovereign Housing Association said: “The development in Lotmead fits perfectly with our strategy of working with other like-minded developers to create delightful new places where we know that the properties, we provide to our customers will be fit for the future. Here we are able to increase the amount of affordable new homes over and above the section106 by nearly 50% through utilising the Homes England Partnership funds.” “It has been a pleasure to work with Countryside as we looked together at tenure mix, urban design and specification. This a growing part of the country and an area of high demand for all forms of housing and Swindon Borough Council has been and continue to be supportive of the scheme and I am looking forward to it commencing in Winter 2022.” Gordon Isgrove, Principal at commercial real estate advisor Avison Young, who led the developer search and has been working with the landowner for the last 18 years, added: “This is a strategically important acquisition by Countryside and Sovereign and a partnership that will deliver a sensitively designed, quality development within an area that already has a strong sense of identity. This is the probably the biggest residential transaction to take place across the UK this year, and certainly the largest in the south west.” Rachael Ainscough, at Ainscough Strategic Land, commented: “Design and place-making were important legacy considerations for our landowner partners and we are pleased that we have found a developer who has put both at the heart of their proposals.  This project has been about teamwork all along and we’re delighted with the outcome.”

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Graftongate chooses GMI to build new £30M helicopter logistics hub

New site in Yeovil will see the consolidation of eight existing warehouses into one all-encompassing logistics hub.  The project is being undertaken on behalf of aerospace giant Leonardo. GMI Construction Group PLC has announced that it has been appointed by leading real estate development company Graftongate to build a new £30M helicopter logistics hub in Yeovil on behalf of aerospace company Leonardo. The 210,000 sq ft project in Yeovil, Somerset, will see the consolidation of eight existing warehouses into one all-encompassing logistics hub. The state-of-the-art facility which is expected to be complete by Q4 2022 will support Leonardo’s global fleet of helicopters through the storage of components and tooling. It will be constructed with a strong focus towards sustainability with various eco initiatives ‘built in’ to include rainwater harvesting tanks for brown water services, full LED lighting throughout the facility and a heat recovery system in the main warehouse, which will be complemented by a modern office temperature control system. In addition, there will be a bank of electrical vehicle charging points Leonardo’s logistics partner, Kuehne + Nagel, will operate the new facility under a ten-year logistics contract. Speaking about the project GMI Managing Director Andy Bruce said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive our first instruction by leading developer Graftongate on such a high-profile project. We look forward to working closely with Leonardo and its logistics partner Kuehne + Nagel to deliver a first-class development. “GMI’s expertise in the construction of transport minded developments is an area in which we are seeing strong growth with us also onsite currently up in Goole, North Yorkshire for Siemens Mobility building the new £200M train manufacturing plant and rail supply chain village with the first trains to be manufactured the new tube trains for London’s Piccadilly Line” Also talking about the project Graftongate Director Jamie Hockaday said: “We are very happy to have GMI on board and working on this important project which is of huge significance to Graftongate.  Leonardo is the UK’s only onshore helicopter manufacturer, and we are looking forward to delivering this unique facility.”

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WernerCo urges tower safety following UK restrictions lifting

WernerCo, the leading access equipment specialist which manufactures BoSS® towers, is urging workers and employees to carry out PASMA training to ensure the safety of professionals working on-site as restrictions are lifted across the UK. Falls from height remain one of the biggest causes of workplace accidents, with the construction sector accounting for a significant proportion of these, so ongoing training is essential to ensure safe work at height practice when using towers. Sophie Ellam, Product Manager for WernerCo, comments: “With lockdown and a reduction in construction output over the past year some workers and employees may not realise their PASMA cards may have expired. Also, with output increasing, more companies will be looking to take on employees, some of whom may not have had the appropriate training. “PASMA training remains safe to do so with the current restrictions in place and there is a range of courses to ensure employees are fully qualified and up to date with the latest guidance.” The PASMA accredited Towers for Users course is designed for those who are responsible for specifying, assembling, dismantling, using, altering, moving and inspecting access towers. The course runs for one day and provides both theoretical and practical training on tower legislation; PASMA codes of practice; hazards associated with using mobile access towers; and what should be avoided. PASMA training has continued despite even the toughest social distancing restrictions this year, with accredited training centres and instructors keeping courses COVID-secure for everyone who needed them, especially in sectors like construction, national infrastructure and maintenance. WernerCo is an approved PASMA training centre and offers industry standard training programs on the safe use of mobile access towers and low-level access equipment. For more information visit: https://www.bossaccesstowers.com/services/training

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IMA LAUNCHES GUIDE TO PIR INSULATION IN FLAT ROOFS

Insulation Manufacturers Association (IMA) has today launched its guide to the use of PIR insulation in flat roofs in England. Created for specifiers, building owners, main contractors and roofing contractors, it offers expert advice on the key aspects affecting the specification of PIR insulation for flat roof applications. As the trade association that represents both the polyisocyanurate (PIR) and polyurethane (PUR) insulation industry in the UK, IMA members manufacture rigid insulation that provides around 40% of the total thermal insulation market in the UK. With flat roofing a key sector, this comprehensive guide brings clarity around the specification of PIR insulation into flat roofing systems. The document provides guidance on how to meet the latest requirements of Approved Document B (ADB) of the Building Regulations 2010 for England in relation to PIR insulation in flat roofing applications. It looks at the thermal and strength characteristics of PIR to help designers understand how and where PIR can be used. The document also gives guidance on other properties pertinent to the use of PIR in flat roofing such as fire,thermal performance and compressive strength. It covers the use of PIR in warm roof applications, which accounts for the majority of applications and also explains the terminology that often causes confusion, in particularly the phrases ‘balcony’ and ‘specified attachment’. “This detailed publication brings clarity in respect of how and where PIR insulation can be used following the changes in building regulations with respect to flat roofing,” commented Simon Storer, Chief Executive of IMA. “It also addresses questions that have been raised regarding roofing classifications as well as issues around fire performance, compressive strength and thermal performance.” The guide provides visual comparison of the thickness of different insulation types when achieving specific U-values to help specifiers and contractors appreciate potential roof thickness. It also looks at how moisture can be controlled in flat roofs when using PIR insulation. At a time when the construction industry is faced with the challenges and opportunities of operating in the wake of COVID-19, the PIR insulation industry is well poised to help deliver better performing buildings both now and in the future, as well as playing a part in helping the UK achieve its net-zero climate change ambitions. To download A guide to the use of PIR in flat roofs in England , please click on the following link:- https://insulationmanufacturers.org.uk/resources/guides-brochures/ For more information about IMA visit www.insulationmanufacturers.org.uk

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Places for People honoured at WhatHouse? 2021 awards

Places for People has been honoured with four awards at the UK’s prestigious WhatHouse? awards, known as the Oscars of the new homes industry, which celebrates the country’s best new homes and neighbourhoods. In its 41st year, the awards shone a light on customer-focused housebuilders in a ceremony hosted by Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and presenter Clare Balding. Places for People’s approach to design was applauded by the judges, with two houses scooping awards in the “Best House” category. Beating off stiff competition from across the UK, Millwood Designer Homes’ Beddington home at Heartenoak Meadows in Kent was awarded Silver with the Wood End at Tornagrain taking Bronze. The Beddington is an attractive five-bedroom house set in rural Kent, with elevations inspired by the local vernacular architecture and surrounded by an easy-to-maintain garden and views of the countryside. Inside this family home, designed in-house by Pete Bland, thought has been given to the high-end specification while not neglecting the importance of sustainability, with the inclusion of PV panels providing solar energy as well as the provision for a future car charging station within the garage. The Wood End at Torngrain is located in the Highlands’ newest town just eight miles east of Inverness, a partnership with landowner Moray Estates. Wood End is a three-bedroom house set within this unique landscape, where the architect Ben Pentreath has drawn inspiration from traditions of the Highlands and the rest of Scotland. The properties have been carefully planned to provide modern country living with high quality finishes. The environmental impact has also been considered, with the house well insulated and roof spaces pre-wired for connection to future solar panels East Wick & Sweetwater at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park secured Silver in the Best Partnership award with Balfour Beaty. This new, residential-lead mixed use community is being delivered in a joint venture on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). It’s a thriving new community that seamlessly connects the development with Hackney Wick and Fish Island, and will create more than 1,800 homes, new green spaces and play areas alongside a range of retail and commercial opportunities. Button House in Hackbridge also scooped Bronze for Best Retirement Development and is delivered by their Brio Retirement Living team. This well-planned community has the ‘wow’ factor thanks to its good-looking exterior and chic communal terrace and attractive interior. Apartments are light and spacious with their own private outdoor space and there is an impressive community ethos throughout, with socialising encouraged by the variety of shared areas such as the bar/brasserie, fitness suite and hobby room. Commenting on the results, Places for People’s Group Executive Director Scott Black, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the Group, especially amid the unprecedented challenges the industry has faced in 2020/2021. “As a leading placemaker, we continue to deliver a range of quality affordable homes across the UK and we are delighted to be recognised for the design of our homes, partnership and delivery of retirement living alongside the calibre of entrants in these highly regarded awards. “As a team, we are proud to play our part in delivering these communities, developments and homes. This is well-deserved recognition of the talents of everyone involved, who share our vision for building places where people will want to live.” For further information about Places for People, visit www.placesforpeople.co.uk.

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Design by Certification

More than ever, modern building projects can benefit from the use of certified products, writes Daniel May, Director of Consort Architectural Hardware. The needs of modern building environments have evolved. Throughout the construction process, decision makers are more commonly deliberating on themes such as innovation, accessibility and sustainability. And that’s not mentioning the renewed focus on building safety and performance, succeeding the Hackitt Review. As the collective commitment towards these topics grows, it’s as vital as ever for design professionals to deliver reliable, quality materials and hardware on their projects. Architectural hardware for example, is one of the most heavily used elements within a building environment, and a typical busy door can be used 150 times each day. Door hardware plays a pivotal role in a building’s operational network and its fire safety, and so the application of certified hardware solutions shouldn’t be undervalued. Daniel May of Consort explains: “While it’s important to deliver on aesthetics and innovation, there is always a clear responsibility to provide safe and secure building environments. The latest in reforms – think the Building Safety Bill and the regulations that has introduced – will continue to raise the standards associated with building design and with that, the benefits of certified hardware will shine. “Along the supply chain, the durability of hardware products is key, and this is in no way more assured than with independent certifications. For example, for fire doors to operate as intended, they rely on fitted hardware to perform – opening and closing upon demand to ensure the compartmentalisation of smoke and fire. “Fire door hardware products should, at a minimum, be CE marked, showing they comply with the minimum in regulatory requirements. However, to emphasise the highest levels of performance and durability, product manufacturers will often look towards third-party certifications such as the commonly recognised Certifire – a certification scheme that assures the performance, quality, reliability and traceability of hardware products. “For architects, specifiers and end users alike, product certifications such as Certifire boost the dependability of hardware choices and make for an easier, less time-consuming selection process. They provide additional confidence that the chosen product will perform when called upon, remaining safe and high performing throughout its lifecycle. “A building is a network of design choices, all of which must work in tandem for the infrastructure to operate as intended. Should one area fail, for example, the mechanisms of a fire door closer, the infrastructure becomes compromised – heightening safety and security risks for the building’s occupants and visitors. It’s critical that only the most durable products are used in these scenarios and whether using non-standard or standard arm applications, hardware must be compliant – with  various areas considered, such as meeting DDA requirements by paying close attention towards the opening forces used in public spaces. And while manufacturers have a responsibility to test, label and supply the highest standard of product, decision makers must then also choose to apply hardware that meets the requirements of the building in question.” Avoiding Costly Errors In some cases, design teams will face a choice between the initial costs of certified products and their less reliable counterparts. Although economic considerations are often part of the construction process, durable hardware will continue to perform long after its initial supply period, whereas cheaper hardware alternatives can become counterintuitive, failing to offer that same quality and durability and leading to costly consequences. Later in a building’s lifecycle, where less durable products have been used, complications can arise. With this, the costs associated with future maintenance and replacements can quickly begin to add up and work against the original decision. Not to mention the expense to building safety. More recently, sustainability continues to grow into the conversation, fairly asking questions about the environmental impact buildings omit. As was referenced at the recent COP26 conference, the built environment and construction sector accounts for 38% of the world’s Carbon Emissions. For the UK specifically, it’s said that 45% of the total UK carbon emissions are associated to the built environment and changes must now be made to avoid both environmental and reputational costs. Daniel adds: “The time has come for decision makers to do their part to limit the consumption of construction resources too, and certified architectural hardware can play its part here too. Hardware can also gain environmental certifications, such as ISO 14000, which is a set of standards designed to reduce environmental waste and damage. “Similar to Certifire, BREEAM is a third-party sustainability assessment method focusing on infrastructure and buildings. Hardware products can become recognised under independent standards – providing users with peace of mind that products are more durable, ethically sourced and environmentally resourceful. The aim is to reduce replacement hardware and the amount of packaging that is associated with replacements. And extended durability – represented through certifications – is the way forward. “The benefit of using certified architectural hardware is now more clear than ever. From performance benefits to dependability, all hardware – even the often-overlooked lever handles and flush bolts – should meet the requirements of their building, and there’s no better way to ensure this than with certified products. Building design will benefit from raised standards, and right now, decision makers can benefit from certification-led design.

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CHAS Urges Construction Sector to Embrace Building Safety Scheme

CHAS Urges Construction Sector to Embrace Building Safety Scheme

CHAS, the supply-chain risk management expert, has become a registered signatory of Building a Safer Future scheme and is encouraging other members of the built environment sector to do the same.  The Building a Safer Future Charter was launched in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety to instigate the cultural and behavioural changes required to achieve a safer building system. Signatories must make five commitments to prioritise safety first in the built environment. These include:  Collaborate to spearhead culture change and be the voice of building safety across the sector. Be transparent in the interests of safety, sharing key information with residents, clients, contractors and statutory bodies in a useful and accessible manner in the design, construction and occupation phases of the process. Make safety a key factor of choice in who they work with, ensuring that building safety is placed at the centre of selection decisions without compromising quality or value for money. Ensure that the voices and safety of residents, visitors and employees are central to their decision-making process. Set out and communicate clear responsibilities within their organisation and with their partners, ensuring everyone with a stake in the building during design, construction and occupation understands their role and has the time and resources they need to achieve and maintain building safety. Any organisations or individuals who work in or have a professional connection or interest in the UK built environment can sign up to the Building a Safer Future Charter. It applies to any organisation involved in pre, during and post-construction activity (including maintenance and residential/community organisations). “As an authority and trusted advisor on health and safety compliance, responsible for setting industry benchmarks, CHAS is committed to the continuous improvement of health & safety standards in the UK. We therefore fully support the commitments set out in the Building a Safer Future Charter and actively encourage our contractors and other members of the construction community to do the same. The more widely the scheme is embraced, the more successful it will be in driving the culture change required to improve building safety,” commented CHAS Managing Director, Ian McKinnon.

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