Trade industries are struggling to recruit highly skilled workers to their teams. This particularly hits the plumbing industry with 56 percent of professionals stating a ‘lack of skilled workers’ as the biggest problem facing the industry. However, introducing apprenticeship schemes to your plumbing business can be an excellent way to encourage potential new talent to join.
The construction and building industries emit up to 39 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. With the public more eco-conscious than ever, there’s plenty to gain for businesses who can demonstrate their green credentials. Sam Tracey at Actavo Direct explores how businesses can make the switch to more eco-friendly practices.
The impact of Covid-19 on every aspect of life is undeniable. As the pandemic began to spread throughout March 2020, no one could have foretold the ways in which this disease would change society. One industry that has remained open throughout lockdown and been forced to quickly innovate is construction – and Matt Linekar and Stephen Moore from contractor Willmott Dixon have been at the forefront.
COVID has changed the way we all live, and for most people that involves spending extra time at home. From the way we build homes and interact with clients to make it happen to the contents of the homes themselves, many of the steps along the way are subject to change in this new reality. Building spaces for people to relax and feel truly at home will never change, but the world of COVID has brought a few considerations for the best practices in getting there.
When designing an outdoor space, you can really dress it up however works best for you and your style. Even when you’re satisfied with the build you’ve always dreamed of, dressing up the space and making it feel like home is the other half of the fun. Thinking about decorative priorities and ideas can even help when structuring your build for practical purposes. Knowing how a space is actually going to be used is one of the key pieces of building it well.
Good architecture does more than simply function. It plays a major role in the health and wellbeing of those who use the building. This is the beating heart of Blichfeldt Architects. Now being recognised in BUILD’s 2020 Design & Build Awards as Best Specialist Passive House Design Firm 2020 – Denmark, we look more closely at the firm to see just what it offers in the way of designs that can heal in style.
With millions of Brits spending more time at home over the last few months, the average gas and electric bill has risen by nearly 40%1. As we head towards the cooler months, these high costs could be set to continue. So here are five easy adjustments you can make to your home to save hundreds of pounds on your utility bills.
Architecture and design is an often overlooked art form by many. Where some people see buildings and houses, architecture firms and their teams see a myriad of shapes and movements, each part linking together seamlessly for a powerful or subtle effect. Residential architecture and design in particular, is a speciality of Ukrainian firm, KYB Architects. The firm was recognised in BUILD’s Design and Build Awards 2020, with the title of Specialists in Residential Design: “Private Houses” in Ukraine – 2020, so we took a closer look at its work to learn more about why.
In today’s world, clean air quality is more important more than ever. People want to feel safe when they spend time at home, so construction companies and professional builders are learning to put this concern at the forefront of future projects. After years or decades in the business, some professionals may wonder how to switch their practices to this new focus in construction.
Just as there is no one-size-fits-all construction site, there are no one-size-fits-all construction uniforms. Of course, PPE and hazard protections should be taken into account, but how important is it to be able to wear work shorts on the construction site? Considering the different categories of work shorts for men and some tips on how to choose the best fit, here is why you should think about work shorts on your next construction job.
Smart home devices such as Alexa or Google Home are edging seamlessly into our lives and becoming items that increasing numbers of us use day in, day out, without even a second thought. If you’d place yourself in the not-so-tech-savvy category, fear not, as here’s some handy advice on how to set up your smart home.