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Solar Panel & Roof Surveyor Kit offered

July 29th, 2011 Comments off

d8_carpenter_indirect_laser1.jpg_media_large__1We are told that Mobile CAD Surveying have put together the first kit to facilitate the surveying of solar panels, roofing membranes and coverings and that can also be used in many other situations or allied trades, ie aerial contractors, forestry consultants and more.

Incorporating the latest surveying equipment, the Leica Disto D8, Leica Disto TR100 Rise and Fall tripod and the brand new TA360 bracket that allows you to swivel the laser measure in both axis, and offered at a discount too, than if you bought the items separately.

For more:  Solar Panel / Roof Surveyor Kit

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National Self Build & Renovation Centre Swindon

July 28th, 2011 1 comment

People planning to construct their own house may wish to visit the National Self Build & Renovation Centre, located in Swindon, if they wish to find assistance.

With a “packed calendar” of workshops and events, it provides a great deal of useful information for this purpose, according to Jaclyn Thorburn, communications manager at Buildstore.

She stated there are full-scale exhibits and recommendations from a team of professionals, who are “on hand to answer your every query”.

Individuals can enrol for a course on the subject, which lasts for three days, she added.

It is open for five days every week, has no entrance fee and is the biggest permanently-open exhibition centre with its facilities in Europe, Ms Thorburn explained.

Members of the public can also have an audio guide of the facility and discover the variety of ways in which they can approach the task of renovating or constructing their home.

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Government to spend £22bn on construction projects

July 27th, 2011 Comments off

Cabinet Minister Francis Maude has revealed that the Government will invest £22bn in public construction projects over the next three years.

Speaking at the Construction Procurement Conference, Mr Maude said “The government’s construction strategy is reducing costs by up to 20% by reforming the way we procure construction projects across all sectors. However, we are still investing billions of pounds annually; with the same money we will procure more schools, hospitals, courts and prisons. Despite an incredibly difficult economic climate we are investing in and prioritizing our construction industry.”

Figures will be published later in the autumn, along with further details on exactly where the money will be invested.

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Olympic construction on time and under budget

July 26th, 2011 Comments off

2012-Olympics-00188 percent of construction for London 2012 Olympics has been completed. The ODA have also confirmed that the estimated final cost of the build has come in under budget at £7.25 bn

The Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson, said: “With one year to go construction is 88% complete, ahead of time and under budget…They have continued to drive down costs which means we can celebrate one year to go with confidence and a real sense of excitement and expectation.” He also commented that London 2012 has “salvaged the reputation of the British construction industry”.

In all, a total of five venues for the London 2012 Olympic Games have reached completion. Other than that, the Olympic station in Stratford was also finished in the previous month.

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NHBC gives tips for energy efficiency upgrades

July 25th, 2011 Comments off

According to the National House-Building Council (NHBC), which stated this is more relevant than ever against a backdrop of rising house prices, homeowners should consider performing several renovations to their property in order to make it more energy efficient.

It noted that modern homes have condensing boilers, which are “substantially more efficient” than older models.

Households without one should consider upgrading their current device, it argued.

Furthermore, homes lacking insulation will lose at least half of their central heating through the roof and walls. Therefore, properties ought to be fitted with this material, which should be 270mm thick.

The NHBC stated that loft insulation usually works properly for a minimum of 40 years.

By this time, the cost of its installation will have been recouped from reduced fuel bills “over and over again”, it continued.

New homes generally already have these energy saving measures in place and will also often be fitted with double glazing and even solar panels, the organisation claimed.

This follows a recent statement by Louise Burfitt-Dons, campaign director for the Global Warming Alliance, who said that some older houses could realise lower fuel bills if holes in skirting boards or floorboards are covered.

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Featured in Architext Magazine

July 25th, 2011 Comments off

Mobile CAD Surveying featured in Architext Magazine July/August 2011 (pages 60 – 61)

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ODA praises subcontractors’ Olympic effort

July 22nd, 2011 Comments off

olympic-site-largeThe Olympic Delivery Authority has praised hundreds of firms involved in projects for Olympics, who have helped enable the Games to remain “on schedule and on budget.”

Olympic Delivery Authority Chairman John Armitt said: “The Olympic Park project is on schedule and budget and we have successfully hit all of our milestones over the last five years.

“This is thanks to the skill and professionalism of thousands of British businesses who have won contracts and shown the rest of the world what UK plc can achieve.

“The Olympic Park is a great showcase for UK industry and many companies have used it to go on and win work on other projects across the world.

“When we welcome the world to London next summer, tens of thousands of people from right across the UK will know that they played a part in building the stage for the greatest show on earth.”

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RICS previews self-build action plan

July 21st, 2011 Comments off

The government’s proposed self-build action plan was previewed yesterday, by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) and the National Self Build Association, with housing minister Grant Shapps in attendance.

Rics argued that this legislation, titled Go for Growth, would provide easier access to land for individuals planning to construct their own property, which would “make an important contribution to the diversity of UK housing supply”.

However, it claimed that a “sensible agreement on price” between developers and public landowners will be required.

It announced its pleasure to see a scheme that can help in delivering the residential buildings required for the future and revealed plans to work with the government on this project.

This follows a statement from Mr Shapps that he plans to continue pushing through legislation to make it easier for members of the public to become involved in self-building their own home.

He also asserted that finance solutions and information necessary for such projects should be easier to obtain.

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Government announces massive £22bn construction investment

July 20th, 2011 1 comment

A massive investment of £22 billion is to be made in construction projects, minister for the cabinet office Francis Maude has announced.

Addressing the Construction Procurement Conference, he said both the government and the industry have a “shared obligation to cut waste and find new and better ways of doing business”.

He noted the government’s Construction Strategy aims to cut the overall costs of erecting state-initiated projects by 20 per cent.

Therefore, a larger number of public buildings, including prisons, hospitals and schools, will be built with the same budget, the politician declared.

“Despite an incredibly difficult economic climate we are investing in and prioritising our construction industry,” Mr Maude commented.

His statement comes amid widespread concerns about the sector, with Richard Diment, director-general of the Federation of Master Builders, stating that rising unemployment in building firms could quickly damage the wider economy.

Further details on this investment and where the finances will be spent will be released in the autumn.

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Construction ‘needs training for future’

July 18th, 2011 Comments off

Builders and civil engineers will need to be trained to ensure the construction sector is fit for purpose in the future.

This is according to CITB-ConstructionSkills chief executive Mark Farrah, who said forecasts indicate the UK will require at least 200,000 skilled workers in the sector in the next three years, in order to build the projects already on the country’s order book.

“Times remain tough for construction employers and particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, who are struggling to retain and maintain their workforce,” he declared, pointing out that 17,000 workers in the industry lost their jobs during the first three months of 2011.

Mr Farrah stated that the green revolution and emissions reductions targets will also necessitate an increase in skills and abilities, asserting that the Green Deal, which proposes to retrofit 14 million homes, will require a lot of work.

The expert noted that organisations such as his have a role to play in ensuring there is a workforce large and qualified enough to perform all these upgrades.

His comments follow the announcement of the 146 different successful bidders for £1.8 billion of housebuilding contracts by the Homes and Communities Agency.

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