The Awards, which recognise
Scheme-registered companies and suppliers that have excelled in their standards
of considerate construction, will take place on 31 October and 1 November in
Fred Mills, The B1M’s
Co-Founder and Managing Director, and Nick James, Partnerships Director at the
CITB will be announcing whether each winning company and supplier has received
a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award for their achievements. There will also be
Runner-up Awards and winners for the coveted ‘Most Considerate Company’ and
‘Most Considerate Supplier’ Awards.
Only the very top-performing
companies and suppliers are eligible to win this year’s awards, based on their
performance against the Scheme’s Code
of Considerate Practice
assessed between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019.
Amanda Long, Chief Executive of
the Considerate Constructors Scheme said: “The highest-performing
Scheme-registered companies and suppliers are committed to raising the bar of
considerate construction to higher standards, and we are delighted to be
recognising these organisations at the upcoming National Company and Supplier
“The efforts and determination
of high performing Scheme-registered companies and suppliers shows what can be
possible no matter what size or type of organisation. Everyone has a crucial
role to play in making our industry more considerate to our workforce,
communities and the environment.”
Follow all the latest from the award
ceremonies on Twitter @CCScheme #ccsawards #loveconstruction
Younger generations are often criticised for not knowing the most basic DIY skills, but it’s not just millennials losing their DIY touch – it’s the whole of the UK. Last year, there were nearly 3 million Google searches regarding the most common DIY tasks – and that’s from Britain alone.
That’s why Insulation Express have collaborated with a DIY & Home expert to drill down on the tasks you should have mastered by the ages of 16, 21, 30 and 40. Better yet, we’ve also uncovered the financial saving of learning how to do-it-yourself.
The DIY Skills You Should Know By Each Age Milestone
Being able to accomplish these skills not only gives you the freedom to work on home renovation projects but also a massive sense of achievement. Better yet, mastering these projects will save you a huge £2,450* in professional costs.
How many DIY milestones have you already got to grips with? Why not read on to discover how to become an expert in every task.
By the Time You’re 16
While you may be surprised to see the age 16 on this list, Creative DIY & Home Decor Expert, DiY Blonde® explains that “it is never too early to start practising and getting to grips with all things DIY.”
DiY Blonde® adds, “without even realizing, at school you would have been taught some basic DIY techniques like sewing on a button or wiring a plug, so there is no reason to not put these new skills into practice at home.”
“If you have teenagers, it is really important to encourage them to have a go at basic DIY. These small activities may not seem much, but knowing how to fix and adapt to the household is a great start on the road to adulthood.”
Change a Lightbulb
Professional Cost: £0
As one of the most simple DIY tasks, everyone should be able to do this by the age of 16 years old. Yet, 66,840 Britons googled how to change a lightbulb last year.
Changing a lightbulb is pretty straightforward. Firstly, remember to turn off the power, then let the bulb cool before touching and changing it.
Sew a Button
Professional Cost: £10 For 8 buttons
According to the fashion brand,‘Thought’, a third of Brits (33%) don’t know how to sew a button. As 8 million Brits admit to throwing out clothes that need repairing, learning how to sew a button could help lessen the clothing waste generated by Brits.
Sewing a button is pretty straight forward. Firstly, use a knot and two tiny stitches to fasten the thread on to the inside of the garment. Then thread the needle through to the front of the fabric and onto the button. Sew three or four times through each buttonhole. Bringing the needle to the back of the item, and finish off by tying a knot
Wire a Plug
Professional Cost: £40 per hour
Whilst this may seem a tad intermediate for a 16-year-old to master, this handy skill is actually taught in high-school. But despite this, last year nearly 102,800 Brits searched ‘how to wire a plug’ in Google.
By the Time You’re 21
At 21 years old you may be living away from home which will leave you feeling independent. With this in mind, “the need to know some basic DIY is really important,” DiY Blonde® adds, as “you may, for example, find you have a dripping tap.”
Turn off the Water Supply
Professional Cost: £0
At this age, you may be living in rented accommodation, therefore, being able to turn off the water can be particularly handy in an emergency. Being able to do this will minimise any damage whilst you wait for your landlord to source a plumber.
To turn off the water supply to the house you will first need to find the stop tap. This is usually under the sink on the ground floor, however, if you live in a flat this might be outside. Turn the tap clockwise to turn the stop tap off.
Construct Flat-Pack Furniture
Professional Cost: £35 – £70
“Projects such as attempting to construct flat-pack furniture can often feel like a drag, but the sense of achievement you will feel when you have built the furniture is surprisingly satisfying” claims DiY Blonde. Plus there’s the added benefit of saving money as a professional will charge between £35 – £70 to construct a single piece of flat-pack furniture.
If you decide to tackle flat-pack furniture yourself, you should construct it in the room you wish to place it. You may also want to find an assistant to help with reading the instructions or to hold things in place. Put all the fixings in a suitable place so they don’t get lost. Then, the most important thing – read the instructions! If you follow them correctly, it’s hard to go wrong.
Professional Cost: £35 per item
Last year, 31,000 Brits searched how to hem their own clothes. However, more Brits (928,080) searched for a clothes tailor, which could set you back £35 per item.
That’s why being able to make clothes shorter can be an essential life skill, saving you money by not needing a professional or new wardrobe.
Fix a Dripping Tap
Professional Cost: £94
Last year, ‘how to fix a tap’ was the most Googled DIY-related question Brits asked – racking up 348,746 searches. There’s no denying that a leaky tap can be both costly and annoying. What’s more, it may be a lengthy problem if your landlord is hesitant to shell out £94 for a professional to repair it.
To fix a dripping tap, first, you will need to turn off the water supply. Next, locate the screw of the tap which is usually found underneath a decorative cap on top of the tap. Once you have located the screw you can take your tap apart. Lay all the parts on the side in order of when you took them off. This will help when you put the tap back together. Now you will either need to replace the ceramic disc, rubber washer or o-ring. This is dependent on your tap.
By the Time You’re 30
By the age of thirty, chances are that you’re in your ‘forever’ home (rented or bought) “so the need to be able to carry out some DIY is essential,” DiY Blonde® comments. Not only will you be saving money through DIY, but it will “inspire you to be creative with the décor in your home – having the freedom to change a room scheme whenever you desire.”
That’s why it’s good to know “simple DIY projects such as painting a wall or hanging a picture.”
Hang a Picture
Professional Cost: £138 for six pictures
Although hanging a picture seems like a straightforward task, it was the seventh most asked DIY query on Google last year. So much so that 244,360 Brits searched for it. For those who haven’t quite mastered this skill, you should have by the age of 30.
But, to make it look effective you need to plan – use a measuring tape and a pencil to mark where you want to hang the picture. Once you have fixed the frame to the wall, use a spirit level to ensure it’s straight or consider using an app on your phone.
Paint a Wall
Professional Cost: £1,500 for the whole house
Painting a wall can seem like a daunting task, but the end reward is so worth it. Once you know how to paint one wall you can paint your whole house and save yourself £1,500. The actual act is simple, you just need a bit of prep to make it work.
Remove all of the furniture out of the room before you start. Then you should clean the walls, by either washing or vacuuming to remove any dust or dirt. Once you’ve done that, tape off the trim and anywhere else you want to protect – then you’re good to go.
Bleed a Radiator
Professional Cost: £100 for up to 10 radiators
This DIY task is a must for any homeowner. Which is probably why it’s the second most googled DIY question, with 348,746 Britons asking Google ‘how to bleed a radiator’ last year. If your home takes a while to heat up, or it’s colder than normal – you may have air trapped inside your radiator and you need to bleed it. This will cost you £100 for a professional to do it, or you can do-it-yourself completely free!
Firstly, you’ll want to turn the central heating off to avoid any hot water spraying out of the radiator. Place a bowl underneath the radiator, then turn the bleed screw slowly with your radiator key – just a half-turn, anti-clockwise. You should hear a hissing sound, hold a cloth close to avoid water dripping. When the hissing sound stops and water is trickling, tighten the screw. Once you have bled all your radiators you can turn the heating back on.
Put Up a Shelf
Professional Cost: £88 per shelf
If you thought you could leave putting up shelves to the professionals, you’re wrong. Being able to put up shelves is a key skill in passing DIY school. This task is a bit more tricky, but once you’ve mastered it you will feel a big sense of achievement. Just think of all the shelves you can hang!
Ensure there’s no electrical wires or pipes behind the wall before you start drilling. Hold the metal bracket on the wall – check it’s straight by using a spirit level or phone app. Then mark the fixing position on the wall with a pencil. Drill the holes in the marked positions, then gently hammer the wall plugs into the holes. Screw the metal brackets into place, then slide the shelf onto the bars.
By the Time You’re 40
“With age, comes confidence and this can apply to pushing yourself to develop your practical skills further. By now you will probably find DIY a breeze and you won’t bat an eyelid at cleaning your gutters or changing a plug socket.” DiY Blonde® says.
You may even be inspired to take on your own dream build project, or start restoring furniture, “leading to sustainable living, which is very topical at present.”
But, DiY Blonde® says “the main benefit of expanding your DIY repertoire, is that it encourages you to stay active and it will keep your mind young.”
Professional Cost: £150 per item
Restoring furniture can mean anything from, repairing, reupholstering, or revarnishing. This can give an old piece of furniture a new lease of life, which can be particularly handy if you’re short on money, or just fancy remodelling your furniture into something else.
Professional Cost: £150
By the age of 40, you’ve probably lived in your home for some time now, so it’s more than likely that your gutters need cleaning. Having clean gutters is crucial in the overall maintenance of your home, it allows the rainfall to drain efficiently and helps to avoid dampness.
Whilst the task isn’t hard, it does require some physical effort and good safety practice. That’s why many leave it to professionals. But if you feel comfortable working at height and with ladders there’s no reason you can’t do it as this could save you up to £150.
Before you begin, ensure you dress appropriately for the job and wear gloves.You can either use a scoop or your hands to remove the debris. Once the gutters are clear, use a hose to clear out any remnants.
Wire a New Light Switch
Professional Cost: £75 per switch
‘How to wire a light switch’ was the fourth most-Googled DIY question for Brits last year. It received 319,190 searches. This is definitely one of the more tricky DIY jobs on our list, as you need to follow the rules around electrical safety and you must comply with electrical regulations. However, if you’re able to accomplish this you can save yourself £75 per switch and have the power to light up a room!
If you manage to complete all these DIY tasks, you would save yourself a colossal £2,450*, so it really pays to DIY. Even if you’re experienced or inexperienced with DIY, there’s always time to learn new projects and give you the satisfaction of a job well done!
*Professional costs added up using averages from tradesmen prices.
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Despite the fact
bookmakers such as Paddy Power will no doubt be offering rather tempting odds
on an apocalyptic-style meltdown following the outcome of Brexit, it seems
unlikely that even a crystal ball would even be able to provide an accurate
prediction. One accepted impact, however, is the significant hit the workforce
is going to take…
The UK’s approximate population
currently stands at 67 million, with Poland representing the largest EU
nationality group. 17 per cent of the people employed in the UK were born
abroad and considering 3.7 million people living in the UK were born within the
EU, the impacts are going to be stark. That said, which industries are going to
suffer the most, with a diminished work force following Brexit.
After Brexit hits, seven
in ten EU workers are expected to be lost and despite, what leading Brexiteer
Jacob Rees-Mogg has argued regarding the mechanisation will keep us ticking, it
appears the void will struggle to be filled. The Tory backbencher, one of the
more prominent figures throughout the course of negotiations, pointed to the
likes of self-service checkouts in supermarkets as a form of mechanisation
which will enhance efficiency post-Brexit.
With the help of Lookers,
who stock the Ford Transit Custom, we take a look at the sectors due to
experience the bite.
The motor vehicle
industry in the UK is a worth approximately £82 billion — a little more than a
drop ocean. Making up 13 per cent of Britain’s annual exports, more than
800,000 people are employed in this sector. Although the workforce isn’t as
heavily dominated by EU nationals as other industries, it is still set to feel
the effects. Some manufacturers invest more in immigrant workers than others,
A KPMG report laid out
details that Vauxhall, based in Luton, regularly drafts in staff from its Opel
base in Poland, while BMW called upon the help of 150 EU nationals to help
develop one of their new models. John Neill, the Chief Executive of Unipart,
detailed his fears that: “hard-line Brexiteers are in danger of destroying the
British car industry”.
It isn’t just the jobs
of EU nationals that are at risk however, as Ralf Speth argued. Speth, the CEO
of JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) told the British Government Brexit could result in
the manufacturer levying £1.2 billion in tariffs per year, placing thousands of
jobs at risk.
One industry in the UK
that is virtually dependent upon European nationals is fruit picking. Back in
2018, the Independent ran an article charting the drastic lack of British
workers on farms in the UK. Speaking to recruitment company Concordia, the
publication discovered that the recruiters, who assist more than 200 farms with
employees, had received only two applications from Brits, out of more than
10,000 total applications.
There are more than
60,000 seasonal workers in total in the UK, but chief executive of the Berry
Gardens Growers Cooperative, Jacqui Green, reported that throughout 2018 there
was a 30-40 per cent decrease in labour. The vast majority of workers carrying
out the role are from either Bulgaria or Romania, with Concordia’s chief
executive, Stephanie Maurel explaining that Brits don’t want to do the job because
of: “early hours, long days, and lack of affordable transport”.
The staffing crisis
within the NHS is by no means a revelation. News outlets, think tanks, and the
health service have been voicing their concerns for years regarding a serious
lack in staff. However, estimates propose that an additional 51,000 nurses will
be required after 2021. With eight per cent of nursing staff in the UK being EU
nationals, it should come as no surprise that Brexit poses serious a risk to
the future of the NHS.
The Nuffield Trust’
chief executive, Nigel Edwards, voiced his concerns and commented how Brexit
could prove troubling to healthcare as a whole. For example, social care is
facing a gap of 70,000 workers by the year 2025. A report by the National
Institute of Economic and Social Research noted that the number of EU workers
joining the NHS after the EU referendum had fallen by 17.6 per cent. The cost
associated with alleviating the pressure on the NHS estimated at £900m,
including introducing more workers and training them.
Some of the most
severe impacts regarding the workforce will be felt within the hospitality
industry however. It is expected that
60,000 workers will be lost every year. This is a significant amount, considering that 700,000 of the 4.5m strong
workforce within the industry as a whole are from the EU. On average, the
number of EU workers in a hotel in the UK is between 12.5 and 25 per cent
however, in some cases its between 35 and 40 per cent.
Harry Murray, who is
the president of hotel association HOSPA, suggests despite the fact the figures
make for concerning reading, this presents an opportunity for British workers.
In particular, it would be an opportunity for those aged over 55 interested in
re-entering the workforce. Murray, who has worked in the industry for more than
50 years, suggests that those in that demographic could be offered vocational
training, helping plug the inevitable gap in the market. He notes: “Our biggest challenge now is to attract
people to join the industry”.
European nationals and
overseas workers play a major role in almost every industry here in the UK. For
this reason, Brexit is sure to have an impact. But accurately predicting the
course of the events is near impossible.
your own home can be one of the most rewarding and life-changing projects you
can do. However, planning and preparing every step of the construction process
can be an overwhelming responsibility. If you don’t plan ahead, everything may
seem very complicated and physically demanding.
make each stage of your home building project smoother and successful, check
this step-by-step guide to building construction.
Find A Location
course, you need to choose a desirable place on which to build your dream home.
But, before picking the right location, you should consider several factors
such as climate, availability of amenities, ground stability, and the community
First, think about the climatic conditions of the place you want
to build your house. If the area frequently experiences a flood, intense heat,
hurricane, and other weather conditions, then special considerations should be
included in the construction process.
Second, building a new home means thinking about the availability
of the utilities in your chosen location. Be sure the utility providers for
electricity, water, and other conveniences can also provide services at your
Third, consider the stability of the ground on which your new
house should be built. Typically, homes constructed on mucky soil and other
unstable soil will more likely fail in a short period of time.
Fourth, the community infrastructure of your home’s location is
essential when you have plans to have children. For instance, check whether
quality schools are available nearby. Also, know if there’s a police station
near your location to protect you from criminals. And when you need medical
assistance, make sure hospitals are nearby.
it comes to building your dream house, the first step that you should consider
is planning. To get started, you need to develop a building plan, analyze the
finance, and choose the construction team.
you’ve selected the construction site, talk to your architects and engineers
for the development of your building plan. It should clearly outline your
owner’s construction requirements and budget. When you prepare a building plan,
you’ll also have the opportunity to review some of the unique house plans from the best
designers in the industry. That way, you can quickly choose the design of your
home based on your preferences.
finalizing the plan, the next thing you should do is to calculate your total
construction costs. From the materials and construction costs to the labor and
miscellaneous expenses, you have to prepare a project cost estimate before
everything is in place, it’s time to get your own construction team who will
handle your home building project. Make sure the builders you hire understand
the terms and conditions of the contract, including the completion period,
construction guides, and many more.
Get The Necessary
common knowledge that any construction project can cause accidents and
injuries. Therefore, it’s crucial to get the necessary permits before you begin
the home building process. Make sure you have the detailed architectural
designs and other engineering specifications when you apply for the building
permits. You likely need to comply with the local building codes and zoning
requirements of your state.
Understand The Whole
like you should always have a say on how your house should be constructed.
Therefore, it’s best if you understand the typical steps your builders will
have to take during the home building process. That way, you can keep yourself
updated on every stage of the construction.
are the steps you need to know when building your dream home:
Leveling of the site, putting up of woods that serve as a
temporary foundation, and installation of the footings
Installation of the floor, roof, and wall systems and
application of sheathing to the exterior walls
Completion of the installation of the pipes and wires, water
supply lines, HVAC pipes, and sewer lines and vents
Installation of insulation such as fiberglass, spray foam, and
Application of exterior finishes and completion of drywall and
Installation of exterior walkways and driveways
Installation of countertops and hard-surface flooring
Installation of bathroom fixtures
Completion of exterior landscaping and installation of shower
doors and mirrors
Final walk-through of your home by the builder.
adequate knowledge and experience, the entire concept of constructing a new
home becomes more complicated. Thus, it’s always a good idea to speak to a
professional builder and know how they’re going to build your house based on
keep the steps mentioned above in mind to make sure you completely understand
the home building process.
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A series of
free regional events for the roofing and housebuilding industries is starting
this month, focusing on the latest advice on Brexit, the CE marking of
construction products post-Brexit, and new technical guidance on the
manufacture of trussed rafters, spandrel and gable panels and related
suppliers and buyers of trussed rafters and engineered joists can join the
meetings organised by the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) in Leeds (3 October), Coventry (31 October) and
Swindon (21 November).
chief executive of the TRA says:
major developments happening in the sector this autumn and it is important to
communicate that to the industry. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31
October or any future date, then manufacturers also need to be aware that
certain changes will be legally necessary in the CE marking of construction
products including trussed rafters and metal web joists.
holding these events around the country, we hope to update everyone on how to
deal with these changes, as well as on TRA activities and how we can help add
value to trussed rafter and metal web joists sales. It is also a great
opportunity to network with others in the industry and to learn from them too.”
In the current era of product placement, it
seems hard to imagine a life without being bombarded with intense marketing
techniques. You might agree that’s sometimes it’s hard to differentiate between
strategy and reality? For this reason, and in a bid to protect the general
public, various governments throughout the world have introduced laws which
limit the location, timing, and intensity of marketing.
Browse our guide below as we explore a few
of the different laws which exist across the globe.
It should come as
no surprise that advertising techniques are carefully developed to link with
programming schedules. They tug on the attention of the viewer, encouraging
them to reach for their debit card and part with their hard-earned cash.
Consider a holiday advert magically appearing during the interlude of Love
Island, or Dominos and lager pop ups during half-time of the football — no,
this wasn’t by chance.
only had terrestrial state-owned television channels, which did not feature
advertising. But as of 1991, the country began to see the harsh effects of this
type of commercial programming.
A study by Yale
University showed that children ate more unhealthy foods while watching
cartoons with junk food adverts. Desperate to protect their younger generation,
the Swedish government passed legislation which banned advertising directed at
children under the age of 12. A decade after introducing the legislation,
Sweden presented their findings to the European Union. The results linked a
decrease in obesity within children directly to the ban on advertising. Sweden
proposed that it be rolled out across the board — however, it was not picked
Alcohol has a particularly contentious
historic relationship with the marketing industry. During the 1994–1995 Premier
League football season, six of the 20 clubs all had alcohol brands as their
major shirt sponsorship. Not one club has maintained the tradition,
understanding the conflicting impacts presented. Everton being the last club to
say bon voyage to their sponsor, Thai golden brew, Chang. France banned all
alcohol advertisements on television and in cinemas. During any occasion in
which alcohol advertisements are deemed appropriate, it must be accompanied by
a warning regarding the dangers of consumption.
Back in 2007, England banned smoking
indoors as the government tempted to quash mass respiratory problems and lung
cancer. Back in 1965, the decision was made to limit the advertising of
cigarettes on television. However, it wasn’t until forty years later, in 2005, that
legislation was passed which completely eliminated tobacco advertising.
Despite still sponsoring F1 giants Ferrari,
Philip Morris Inc., who own popular cigarette brand Marlboro, have not featured
on a car since the 2007 season due to international advertising laws regarding
Following lengthy debates between industry
leaders, health campaigners, and politicians, legislation was finally laid down
in January 2016 which banned branded cigarette boxes that were manufactured
after May 2016 or sold after January 2017.
The healthcare system in the United States
is regularly at the forefront of the national media thanks to a lack of affordability.
However, in the early ‘90s, a spate of infections and deaths at the fault of
misleading hemophilic medication advertising brought about the introduction of
strict laws. For companies in the US who are marketing healthcare products, a
host of rules exist, to which, if they do not comply, they face significant
Throughout the world marketing laws differ
drastically depending on a host of reasons, including history and religion. The
advertising of products which are likely to cause social problems is, as we can
see from this article, globally restricted.
Leading energy and services
Group, ENGIE, has been announced as the preferred bidder for two new
significant contracts with Milton Keynes Council.
ENGIE has been appointed by
the Council to deliver a range of innovative energy improvements and carbon
reduction initiatives to the Council’s land and built assets through the
national Re:fit Energy Performance Contract framework. The Re:fit framework, co-owned
and managed by Local Partnerships and the Greater London Authority (GLA) allows
public sector bodies to achieve guaranteed financial benefits through energy
efficiency and generation projects.
ENGIE will initially assess
a number of Council buildings and thereafter deliver energy-saving projects
under an Energy Performance Guarantee. The first phase of the Re:fit project is
expected to attract an initial capital investment, addressing authority owned
sheltered housing and other buildings.
It is expected that further
phases of the project could attract further investment in excess of £50m,
likely involving large scale renewable energy and storage projects, directly
linked to the delivery of the Council’s strategic development plans.
ENGIE has also been
appointed to provide facilities management services in a 7+3 year contract.
Procured through the ESPO public sector owned professional buying framework,
ENGIE will deliver a portfolio of building maintenance, cleaning, security and
Sam Hockman, Divisional
Chief Operating Officer at ENGIE said: “As a business, we are deeply committed
to making the journey to zero carbon happen. It is great to partner with a
customer like Milton Keynes Council, who share the vision of a post-carbon society.
We cannot wait to provide our energy and asset management expertise in support
of the Council’s ambitions.”
Milton Keynes Council has
previously announced ambitions to be carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon negative
by 2050, which the contracts with ENGIE will help to achieve.
Council Leader Pete Marland
is clear on the commitments, saying “We want MK to be the world’s first
post-carbon city, and how we manage our own assets is an important step towards
this goal. ENGIE demonstrated a clear understanding of our ambitious targets
for carbon reduction and the same commitment to delivering a significant impact
through their work.”
ENGIE has long term
experience in successfully providing both facilities management and energy
efficiency services to a wide range of public sector establishments and is due
to begin works on both Milton Keynes contracts later this year.