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Infra Red Cameras

March 30th, 2011 Comments off

A SMALL INFRARED REVOLUTION

FLIR i3, i5 and i7 are not only the most advanced and affordable infrared cameras in their class, but also the most compact, lightweight and easy to use.

Point and Click

All cameras are fully automatic, all you have to do is just point and click to see the heat variations in the environment around you and find exactly what you are looking for.

It works because everything gives off heat. The cameras creates a visualisation of heat differences for the naked eye. No matter if you are a plumber, an electrician, or if you install windows, insulation or HVAC systems, FLIR i5 and i7 give you an edge in building diagnostics.

Catch the Heat of the Moment

The infrared readings from the cameras are immediately and clearly visible on a full-color display. You save your readings as an image for later reference. The FLIR i5 and i7 infrared cameras are ideal for detecting hidden problems, assessing damages, surveying moisture and leaks, identifying energy losses and poor insulation, and finding electrical faults and overheating.

For more information on the FLIR range of Infra Red Cameras

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Council’s ladder ban sparks £1.4million bill to change light bulbs

March 29th, 2011 Comments off

busin-preventableCOUNCIL bright sparks banned maintenance workers from using ladders – then got a blinding £1.4million bill for changing dud light bulbs.

Kier Stoke repairs more than 20,000 homes and over 500 municipal buildings for Stoke-on-Trent’s city council. However, since the council banned ladders on health and safety grounds, the contractor needs to erect scaffolding for even simple, routine tasks.

In 2008/2009 Kier Stoke – a joint venture company between the council and Kier Building Maintenance – charged £423,000 for scaffolding. Nevertheless, since last year’s ladder ban, taxpayers have had to fork out £1.4million.

It costs £35 a day to erect scaffolding at a property with the structures remaining for an average of eight days. Now council officials are trying to persuade Kier to use cheaper platform towers instead.

Francis Camilleri Sales Manager at ladder manufacturers TB Davies said, “Depending on the location of the light fitting site engineers should have been provided adequate training to allow them to assess the risks and select a suitable means of access. A more detailed investigation would most likely reveal that traditional or glass fibre step ladders remain the most suitable and safest solution to this problem.”

City Independents deputy leader Councillor Dave Conway, said, “I’ve warned my wife that if the bathroom light goes we’ll have to put scaffolding up. Its health and safety gone mad.”

Community Voice Councillor Mike Barnes added, “There are pensioners who need a new security light who have to wait six months because scaffolding is needed.”

After a three-week wait for his new security light bulb, tenant David Burton, 37, of Blurton, Staffs, changed it himself. He said, “The council said they’d have to use scaffolding. But if I stood on tiptoes, I could reach it. In the end I bought a bulb and changed it myself and it works fine.”

A council spokesperson said: “We are working with Kier to reduce this cost by introducing platform towers.”

Francis Camilleri added, “Even if steps are not suitable then there are many podium or combination type products that are perfectly suited to this type of application. Instead of issuing blanket bans the council should consider allowing Kier to invest in staff training to enable decisions of this nature to be taken on a site-by-site basis.”

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Materials cost high fear for builders

March 28th, 2011 Comments off

THE Government’s hopes for an SME-led recovery have been dealt a serious blow by the latest results from the building industry, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), the largest trade association in the UK construction industry.

The latest results from the FMB’s quarterly State of Trade Survey, the only survey of small and medium-sized building companies, show that 90% of members responding in Q1 2011 expect materials costs to rise over the next six months, marking a two-and-a-half-year high.

Richard Diment, director general of the FMB, said: “Materials cost inflation is a serious threat, as it creates an upward pressure on prices that restricts demand. This, in turn, stifles growth and job creation.

“If the Government is serious about SMEs creating jobs and leading the recovery they need to do more to help the small building firms that provide jobs for everyone from labourers to architects. Starting 2011 with a VAT hike was not the way to go about it.”

He added: “The first quarter of 2011 has been another dismal one for the sector, with workloads contracting for a 13th quarter in a row. Against this backdrop of rising prices, falling demand and ever-increasing Government burden, it is hardly surprising that the number of general building firms that reduced employment levels in the first three months of 2011 rose to 43%.”

He concluded: “Despite the Coalition Government being still relatively new, it has so far managed to increase VAT, remove the cap on planning fees, resurrect a development tax they had promised to scrap and create a planning vacuum.

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Viliv N5 – The Go Anywhere PC

March 25th, 2011 1 comment

Viliv N5 – The Go Anywhere PC now being promoted

Because the viliv N5 is a full-powered PC, you won’t have the limitations of other mobile devices. Use the N5 to surf the web-as-you-know it: including Flash, HTML5, and all the rest of the rich web. Install anything you like.

Pocket it, and go anywhere.

The viliv N5 features a superfine 4.8” WSVGA touchscreen, up to 64GB SSD and an Intel Atom Silverthorne 1.33GHz CPU. From a pocket PC standpoint, the N5 has a surreal (for its size) battery life of 6 hours of actual use. Along with an instant-on feature that allows you to resume Windows 7 from sleep in under five seconds–and remarkable 150-hour standby time–the N5 is unique in being a truly ultraportable device that delivers the full rich web experience.

For more information on the Viliv N5 Go Anywhere PC

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Check planning permission when adding a conservatory

March 25th, 2011 Comments off

diy-conservatoryHomeowners adding a conservatory to their house have been advised to ensure planning legislation is met before work starts.

A good thing about having a conservatory built on to a property is that the company carrying out the job should contact the local authority to obtain the necessary permission before the job can begin, according to Andrew Leech, spokesman for the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC).

He noted that if any issues do arise it is not down to the householder to sort them out as someone else is completing the task.

However, he advised that they should double-check that permission has been granted.

“Otherwise there could be some embarrassing discussions with local authorities and neighbours during or after the completion of the job,” Mr Leech noted.

The NHIC representative has also recently outlined how these structures can be a cost-effective choice, as they are less expensive than building a bricks and mortar extension.

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Massive tidal turbine project wins approval

March 24th, 2011 Comments off

A huge new tidal turbine project to be situated off the coast of Scotland has been given the green light.

The Scottish government has approved plans for the £40 million site to be built in the waters south of Port Askaig.

It is also the first project of this variety to have been approved by Marine Scotland.

Work is scheduled to begin in 2013 on the ScottishPower Renewables’ 10MW tidal stream project, which will be the world’s largest site of its kind on completion.

Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said the new structures will create energy to power around 5,000 homes – a figure twice that needed to provide electricity for the homes on the nearby island of Inslay.

“There is simply nothing like it consented anywhere else in the world,” Mr Swinney added.

Another environmentally-friendly scheme that has recently been announced is for Zero C to construct new dwelling is Chichester that comply with eco-standards.

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West Ham reveals changes to Olympic stadium

March 23rd, 2011 Comments off

The £95m conversion of the Olympic Stadium will include removing floodlighting masts and installing an extended roof

West Ham football club has revealed some of the key design changes proposed for the £527m Olympic stadium after the London 2012 Games.

The £95m conversion will involve the removal of the 14 triangular floodlighting masts that line the stadium’s roof, already a familiar landmark on the east London skyline.

These masts will be replaced by an extended roof that will cover all spectators rather than the present configuration, which only shelters those on the top tier.

With a cricket mode capacity of 71,000, the multi-purpose venue will also be the fourth largest cricket stadium in the world.

Although plans are still at a conceptual stage and no architect has yet been appointed, West Ham has also confirmed that it is exploring various temporary retractable seating options. This is in line with comments made by sports minster Hugh Robertson last month.

Although West Ham’s commitment to retaining the stadium’s athletics track was a major factor in the club being selected as anchor tenants, it remains a highly contentious issue.

West Ham’s plans have attracted criticism from many within the football world who believe retaining the athletics track will distance fans from the action on the pitch.

Ian Tompkins, West Ham project director, was adamant that design measures can provide the “intimacy and sightlines that are essential for the kind of atmosphere you need in a great football stadium”.

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Mobile CAD Surveying Launch New Website

March 21st, 2011 Comments off

logowhitebackgroundMobile CAD Surveying the market leaders in Mobile Surveying Solutions have recently launched a brand new website.

The new site has lots of information on the award winning Sitemaster Building v5 software and this latest version v5 which  is getting rave reviews because of its new room depth feature which can save an enormous amount of time on measured building surveys especially when drawing cellular or orthogonal rooms. But still retains the ability to triangulate any shape of room or building.

On the new site are opportunities for those interested to download lots of  FREE trial software book a FREE demonstration online and even upgrade their software from earlier versions or buy support contracts online now.

The new ARES CAD engine and the first professional multi platform CAD solution in the World to work on Windows, Linux and MAC is also featured and you can also download a FREE trial of this unique CAD programme.

They have also added lots of new surveying equipment and instruments to their range and we are told lots more are being added over the coming weeks and months.

One thing they have also featured on the new website is their Measured Building Services, where customers can now obtain a survey quotation online. Their survey services seem to have really taken off over the last couple of years seeing them take on projects all over the UK and into Europe, even completing some recently in Eastern Europe.

The site seems to be a very comprehensive location for all things surveying related and will no doubt become a very valuable resource for anyone involved in the Professional end of the Construction Industry and for anyone who is interested in Surveying Services in the future.


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‘More apprentices needed’ to secure house building future

March 17th, 2011 Comments off

people-72_tcm17-3948Firms operating in the house building industry should look for ways to increase the number of apprentices they can take on, it has been suggested.

Steve Turner, head of communications at the Home Builders Federation, explained that more people need to be trained if the UK is to continue to meet demand for new properties in the coming years.

“The green agenda and the eco homes agenda are good examples of where we are going to need qualified and trained people in the future,” he stated.

Mr Turner urged companies within the house building sector to work together to increase the number of apprenticeships available.

This assertion is supported by figures published earlier this month by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

According to the FMB, more apprentices will be needed to carry out the government’s Green Deal retrofit programme, which aims to make 26 million homes in Britain more energy efficient.

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Industry Approved Locks essential in the home

March 16th, 2011 Comments off

Homeowners have been urged to install industry-approved locks in their property.

According to Graeme Trudgill, technical and corporate affairs executive at the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), adding approved locks will not only add extra security, but could make insurance cheaper.

When it comes to home security, Mr Trudgill recommended taking all the necessary precautions to prevent a property being attractive to burglars.

“Have them fitted by a proper fitter and if the budget permits go [for] an alarm system as that is an extra deterrent,” the expert added.

He explained that simply having an alarm could act as a deterrent to potential thieves, as opportunists will go for the easy option of a house without an alarm rather than one that is clearly protected.

A recent study from Mintel found that only a third of adults in the UK take care to ensure their door is properly locked when leaving the house.

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