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Revealed: The Construction Sector’s Plastic Problem

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Did you know that the construction industry accounts for almost a quarter (23%) of the plastic consumed in the UK?

Did you also know that every year, 40% of this plastic is sent to landfill? Amounting to 20,000 tonnes – this plastic waste weighs the same amount of two Eiffel Towers.

As a means of helping the construction industry lessen its plastic usage, Insulation Express has uncovered the practical solutions construction workers can utilise on a day-to-day basis: https://www.insulationexpress.co.uk/blog/can-uks-construction-lessen-plastic-usage/

Revealed: The Construction Sector’s Plastic Problem

  • 95% of construction professionals admit that the industry needs to reduce its plastic use.
  • Whilst the durability of plastic is useful, it’s also part of its demise – it can take up to 1000 years to decompose. And whilst it degrades, it contaminates our soil and oceans with the release of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases.
  • Every year, the UK’s construction sector generates 50,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste – which is four times the weight of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Reducing your plastic waste can be a financial benefit, too. One contractor, Risby Homes saved £13,000 on a 25-home development project – simply by reducing, reusing and recycling their plastic waste.

5 Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste in Construction

  1. A huge proportion of packaging thrown away can often be reused. Talk to your supplier to see if they can reduce their packaging, or take back the packaging to recycle yourself.
  2. Try and order your productions in bulk or larger packs. This will cut the volume of packaging per item, and reduce the need for multiple polypropylene bags.
  3. Use reusable plastic boxes to place and protect materials – before returning the boxes to the supplier.
  4. For the plastic packaging that can’t be recycled, send it to a licensed Waste Management Contractor. They are best placed to decide their destination.
  5. Use large sheets of plastic sheeting that arrived as wrapping for use on site as weather protection.

Interested in the full findings? https://www.insulationexpress.co.uk/blog/can-uks-construction-lessen-plastic-usage/

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New data shows outstanding construction industry growth

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The construction sector experienced rapid growth of 10% between 2016 and 2018.


New government data analysis conducted by Love Energy Savings has revealed that the construction sector has seen a whopping 10% growth between 2016 and 2018. 

In 2016, there were 300,000 construction businesses in the UK, rising to 330,000 by 2018. 

Along with this rapid increase, construction was also found to own a 12.4% share of all UK business – a higher percentage than any other sector in the UK. 

Construction is laying strong foundations

Love Energy Savings also found that in November 2018, construction output reached an all-time high since records began, exceeding £14 billion. Correlating with the government’s pledge to build 300,000 new homes each year to alleviate the housing crisis, this increased output was aided by growth in private new housing, private commercial new work, and public housing repair. 

Phil Foster, CEO of Love Energy Savings, said:

“The data we’ve analysed paints an interesting portrait of the UK business world. The North West has recently become a key destination for businesses, being the only destination that weathered the uncertainty that followed the 2016 referendum. 

“It’s also fantastic to see how investment has played a role in growth, specifically in Wales and Northern Ireland: when government funding is put into the hands of the UK’s entrepreneurs, regions thrive. 

“Love Energy Savings will continue to support business throughout the UK and hopefully, we’ll see the North West grow even more, with the rest of the UK following suit.” 

Interactive map: How is UK business performing in 2019?

Love Energy Savings analysed UK government data on business activity, size and location. Through the data, they created a map that highlights the number of business births, deaths, average company turnover, average household income and average energy costs in the UK. 

They also analysed industry data, including FinTech, transport and energy. 

The data used for the content was taken from a range of different reports. Some of these reports include data for 2018, whereas others do not. Therefore, some of the date ranges used may differ. We have, however, used the latest available figures in every instance.

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Excellence in ironmongery showcased in GAI Yearbook

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A new publication containing the latest door hardware advice for architects and specifiers and showcasing best practice internationally has been launched by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI)

The GAI Yearbook contains architectural ironmongery and technical standards advice and has been created to recognise the importance of the professional partnership between architects and architectural ironmongers. 

There is guidance for sourcing door and window hardware professionals, including a list of all Registered Architectural Ironmongers (RegAI) who can help put together a?compliant and robust hardware schedule.? 

Angie Corkhill, director of the GAI, says:

“When it comes to architectural ironmongery, even the smallest error can impact the performance of the door, the fire integrity and flow of the building. It’s a complex industry and a hard subject to master, so we hope that this publication will encourage architects to use a RegAI on all future projects.”

RegAIs are fully qualified?architectural ironmongery professionals who have completed their GAI Diploma and have committed to maintaining a high level of knowledge, keeping?fully?up-to-date with the latest?legislation, industry standards and?products through the GAI’s CPD programme.

Within the Yearbook, Jonathan Hall, director of architectural practice AHMM, has given an exclusive interview talking about AHMM’s projects and award wins, architectural ironmongery and the specification process. Jonathan also was also a judge for this year’s Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards, organised by the?GAI?in association with the?Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The GAI Yearbook showcases the winning projects of the Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards from the UK and internationally, giving an overview of each project and the ironmongery specification. It also includes a comprehensive update on ironmongery standards from GAI technical manager, Douglas Masterson.    If you would like a free copy of the 2019 Yearbook, please contact info@gai.org.uk

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